We chanced upon a recent video of the Carleton College Commencement in Northfield, Minnesota. It was quite a surprise!

College President Steven Poskanzer spoke eloquently to the recent Carleton grads about what it takes to make it in this ever-changing world we live in today. Looking for some useful answers, he took them all back to the lessons learned from the long trek west from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon.

These lessons had been learned by the pioneers who traveled this Oregon Trail in search of a better life. The lessons from their journeys still apply today: visioning, goal setting, provisions, hard work, commonsense, and several doses of good luck. But there were others who learned a lot from that trek, as well!


The Oregon Trail Trek

Hundreds of thousands of students and gamers around the world have played this learning simulation game many times and, having experienced the game’s not infrequent misfortunes of dysentery or drowning or some other less serious predicament. If they survived and reached their their destination, they learned useful strategies to survive the tribulations and reach their goal. Many of us have learned lesson from this addictive game that are atill pertinent to our lives.

In our last blog you read about the recent induction of MECC’s famous “Oregon Trail” learning simulation computer game into The Strong Museum of Games in Rochester, New York. It was was a great honor for the game’s developers, for MECC, and the team members who are now guiding the same kind of exciting new learning software at RE@L! Click this link and check out our upcoming new STEM software on Water Quality explorations and research!

Poskanzer Preso

So sit back, watch and listen to Dr. Poskanzer tell the Carleton grads, parents and friends what valued life-altering tips MECC’s Oregon Trail gives to those with life’s lofty and demanding goals in mind.

Just click on the graphic to the right to view the video. 

Yes, Oregon Trail might just be a computer learning game, but used right and wisely, it was and still is a powerful way to learn lifelong lessons.

Let us know your thoughts on this insightful presentation.


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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.