Valve has announced plans for ‘Steam for Schools’, a program that aims to provide a free, limited version of Steam to classrooms for educational purposes.
Valve’s director of educational programs Leslie Redd unveiled the initiative earlier today at the Games for Change festival in New York City.
“We have a limited version of Steam, which is called 'Steam for Schools', And what we're doing is asking for teachers, after school programs, organizations – anywhere where there's a student relationship, which includes homeschooling – for them to submit a form to be part of it.”
Educators will be able to apply this summer for beta inclusion, which includes a limited version of the Steam platform that includes Portal 2, the game's level editor, and its workshop for hosting and organizing user-created levels.
This new version of Steam will be free for administrators, and will provide administrator access to customize what students can and can’t do with the programs.
For more information, Valve's ‘Teach with Portals’ site is now open and is to expand throughout the next few months.