Valve has revealed Steam for Schools, a cool initiative that brings the joys of learning with Portal 2 to America's classrooms, at the Games For Change Festival. Steam For Schools, launching in a limited beta, will provide a limited Steam Client and a tailored version of Portal 2, along with the level editor and a workshop for hosting and organizing user-created levels. It will be free to teachers, who will have administrator access so that they can control what levels get shared.
While this particular version of the software is intentionally limiting because, as Valve's Leslie Redd says, "kids need a walled garden," Valve plans to make the program more open at some point.
Valve is using its own money to fund this educational initiative.
Those interested in learning more about getting into the beta this summer can sign up at www.teachwithportals.com.