THE RETURN TREK OF MECC'S OREGON TRAIL TO TODAY'S RE@L WORLD.....THE STORY OF TRUST! - PART ONE

seal-of-approvalThe more we at RE@L read about what’s going on with EducationTechnology, the more we are convinced that well-known popular products and services are important to us all. In earlier days, it was like earning the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for an exciting, new laundry soap or a vacuum cleaner that really cleaned.

Next, along came “Consumer Reports” and even The Better Business Bureau to help us decide the wiser options in our purchases.

In today’s more hectic, online world, we now see Angie’s List, a website of nation-wide services recommended or cautioned against by hundreds of users who share their experiences with others who subscribe.

RE@L1 logo_Corp_color_RGB-high-REZWow, has the passing on of the good, or not-so-good word changed since then! So, how do EdTech users, educators, teachers, students and parents find what’s working and what isn’t. How do you find the gold nuggets in the pan, and eschew the useless sand and the disappointing fool’s gold?

RE@L does not want to waste your precious time! Why not go directly to our RE@L Blog on a regular basis for the answers you need, and you don’t even have to subscribe. 

imagesOne of the major problems facing K12 teachers and students today is the host of hardware, computers, Chromebooks, iPads, other mobile devices numbering into the hundreds of thousands across the country.

How can that be a problem you ask. The problem is that there are very  few effective software products. Worse, there is not sufficient staff training to make it work to effectively.This is where RE@L comes in. We know how to do that. We developed it at MECC, we still practice it at RE@L.

RE@L products incorporate student-and-teacher tested software. Along with the essential on-demand, virtual resources and needed teacher tools makes effective and efficient classroom implementation work. These new RE@L resources are planned to optimize the computers and mobile devices that increasingly fill the hundreds of thousands of classrooms across America.

Add to that RE@L’s passion for quality EdTech software systems and our commitment and promise that RE@L products enhance results for students and teachers everywhere. Now, that is our RE@L promise. Trust RE@L to deliver.

DaleRE@L002RE@L believes that we have a great opportunity, in the words of our Founder Dale LaFrenz: RE@L is committed to expanding our coverage from “All Things EdTech” to “All Things K12 .” We’re focused on more than just technology. We want more kids learning more, too.

The_Oregon_Trail_coverRE@L’s belief is based on past experience. “The Oregon Trail” (OT), that globally famous computer learning game, created by MECC, and  played by millions of young K12 learners, still keeps on trekking.  

We submit that there’s no better known, more famous example of K12 learning-game software than OT. It’s incredible how many former players still recall the game. They still have fond memories of OT and how to avoid dysentery and other troubles on the trail.

1484164830089For more proof, check one of  today’s New York City off-Broadway theaters. They have a new play forthcoming soon, and it’s called, believe it or not, “The Oregon Trail.”

The book for their play lauds the Oregon Trail mindset of “perseverance” as an effective strategy in achieving our life goals. It’s a reminder we can all use now and then.  Check out the recent review of this new play in the NY Times by clicking on the graphic to the left.

OT WagonScenes from OT also played a similar role in a recent movie, “The Revenant,” by Leonardo DiCaprio. Take a look at these familiar Oregon Trail game scenes in the movie by clicking the graphic on the right. Perseverance worked for DiCaprio, too: Keep trying and you’ll get there!

What have all these stories of OT got to do with RE@L’s upcoming planned products ? We will soon have a STEM-based Water Quality ensemble of software products and on-demand resources that engage learners and aid teachers.

Yes, RE@L is bringing a lot more than catchy software. RE@L’s new on-demand portal will provide instant access to online resources for learners and teachers: videos, learning units, supplemental materials, Q/A forums, assessment tools, rubrics and more.

 With RE@L’s coming software, teachers will have ready access to instantaneous online resources, and so will their students. It’s like having a terrific tutor or co-teacher ready to help students and teachers when needed.

PaulG2As our President Paul Gullickson reminds us, 

“When the school bells ring, RE@L is ready too! 

K12 kids and teachers everywhere can trust our products and services.”

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Stay tuned to see our next RE@L Blogs for more of RE@L’s stories on K12 education.

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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.