What Do We RE@L-LY Need to Know about Ed-Tech?

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Your RE@L Blog Team found a thought-provoking piece on Mindshift* today (see below), about the importance of getting to know more about the topic of Ed Tech. Far be it from us to trump a good blog, but there are other important things you need to know than their top 5. Here’s our RE@L take on their Top 5:



1.      Free never hurts. But, if that product has been tested by teachers and kids, there’s a great chance good things will happen to your kids who use it, too. It makes sense to pay for quality products. More, good products come from reasonable profit and rightly priced product.

2.      RE@L is “open” to comments from kids, parents and teachers. We offer an array of products developed and tested to meet the differing needs of differing learners. We want and need their feedback.

3.       Dead right! Ed Tech does need to make a reasonable profit in order to continue making more and ever better products. Always choose tested products that you know will work. Ours do! We know because we’ve seen them work.

4.       RE@L studies how trends change and how kids needs change with it. So, we need you to help us make better products and learning experiences, too.

5.      Yes, the “engine is under the hood”, and in today’s world it needs to “vroom, vroom, vroom…” if we want kids to use it.  The entire package needs a cool interface too. Multiple modes of presentation with interesting graphics, motivating problems, readable text, and a way for learners to show what they know. And, don’t forget to allow connections to friends via social media.

Here’s our  RE@L example of “vroom, vroom” below. Kids who need help with these skills choose a racing game that helps them improve their number skills.


Take a look at RE@L’s new super-cool, vroomed-up Facebook page, too:


Note our dedication to products that RE@L-LY work because kids like to work with them. They also like to text and tell their friends.

Tell us what you think. We need your input!  Comments below!

*Check out Mindshift’s blog at: http://realexperiencesatlife.com/?p=668

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.

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