REAL ANSWER GUYS_edited-1Since Spring is here, we need to shake the cobwebs out of our winter memories. It’s time to try to come up with answers to all those  burning questions about K12 EdTech you’ve stored up for who knows how long.

So, who are your  RE@L AnswerGuys? tking-8Well we are, Dale and Tom. We are also your RE@L Blog Co-Editors.

We are the RE@L AnswerGuys. If we can’t answer it, we will find someone here at RE@L who can. 

About twice a month, we plan on posting an EdTECH question here on our RE@L Blog and also on our RE@L FaceBook site. If you want to do some research, many, but not all of the answers, can be found in one of our previous RE@L Blogs. That grey hair you see in our photos above tells you we’ve seen a lot of questions, and hopefully, we can remember some of the answers!

If this Q&A effort on RE@L’s behalf results in some responsive action by your correct answer, we will have to come up with a prize for the first correct answer. The RE@L Marketing Team is looking into that issue as we speak.

So, the first question is:

It seems like I almost always died when playing MECC’s Oregon Trail,

especially from the dreaded disease, dysentery. 

On average, how often do players win the game by making it to Oregon?

Some readers may wonder why Oregon Trail is the source of AnswerGuys first question? Here’s why: RE@L’s heritage is very directly tied to “Oregon Trail” – the iconic K12 EdTECH learning software product is still cited as a game-changer that propelled a new industry, and 40 years later is still considered by former players as the greatest learning game ever, period.


Movie-lovers who saw the Oscar-nominated “Revenant” also saw the Oregon Trail logo on the big screen. Click on the graphic to the right to see the Oregon Trail game graphics embedded in this “Revenant” trailer video.
Many who are now on the RE@L team were also the driving force behind MECC and the “Oregon Trail” and without whom, the Revenant film-makers would have had to find a different, less powerful icon.

RE@LFacebookThe correct answer will be posted here on the AnswerGuys Blog, and on RE@L’s FaceBook site within two weeks, and will come from none other than the Oregon Trail Boss himself, Don Rawitsch, RE@L’s Executive VP.

DonRawitsch-CoverDon was one of the co-inventors of this great learning game, and knows all there is to know about “Oregon Trail”. You’ll not only get the answer, you will get the rest of the story…

Good luck, all you RE@L Blog and FaceBook followers out there! We hope you will be the first one to come up with the right answer and win whatever it is you will win.

Readers, send us your answer to the AnswerGuy’s Question.  

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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.