More Lessons From MECC's Past: How To Keep Teaching Connected To Learning! Here's A 25 Year Old Answer!


As promised in our last RE@L Blog, we will be featuring some of the many MECC posters recently posted on Facebook  by a former MECC employee .

This iconic poster* (see above) from MECC’s halcyon days, 25 years ago, told the K12 EdTech world back then that curriculum, software, teaching and learning must be MANAGED, and managed effectively if we want teachers and students to be succesful at what they do! The message is still true!


The Wizard of Oz at work….

Teachers carry more than a full plate these days, they carry a tray full of full plates:

  •    •  curriculum standards to be met, local and national;
  •    •  testing of all kinds: federal, state, district, and classroom;
  •    •  an array of new EdTech tools that would make a Wizard of Oz worry;
  •    •  smarter textbooks designed specifically to complement technology;
  •    •  growing numbers of students with special needs;
  •    •  clarion calls for more real-world learning: Project-Based Learning, STEM Learning, STEAM Learning, greater focus on girls taking science and math courses.

The list goes on…and on….and on.

Here’s what MECC told us 25 years ago:  We need to carefully manage our curriculum and our technology. The MECC team wisely aligned curriculum objectives with their software resources.

images-1imagesUnknownWe still need software that does just that, just like MECC did 25 years ago.

Want skills mastery? Try MECC’s “Raceway” and “Munchers”.

Want powerful simulation learning? Choose “Oregon Trail” or “Odell Lake.” Need to learn business basics? Set up MECC’s “Lemonade Stand.”

Each and everyone of MECC’s software products came with a Teaching Pack of tips, tests, objectives, handouts, and a litany of ways to make teaching easier and learning more effective.

Made sense back then!

Makes sense today!

DaleRE@L believes that MECC got it right 25 years ago.

We still offer the same kind of management and resource platforms helping to turn teachers into real wizards, and their students too. It works because RE@L listens to teachers and students, too.

Our new STEM Water Quality software, developed with teacher input, will provide on-demand teacher resources, tools and assistance via our new RE@L Web Portal. There’s more to come later.

And then there’s our teenage student advisor, Sam, who reviews our software and provides overviews and insights to students, teachers, parents and US! Here’s student Sam’s recent RE@L view

So, don’t come apart at the seams!

Choose RE@L’s seamless approach to teaching and learning.


Footnote: *  Special thanks to Philip Bouchard, former MECC team member, and his recent posting on Facebook

of these classic MECC ads from the 1980-90′s.

Many of these memorabilia will soon be on display at the Strong National Museum of Play, in Rochester, NY

RE@L will  be bringing more of these classic MECC ads with their classic message from bygone days. So, stay tuned!


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.