With Some Trailing Winds And Your Helpful Push, Oregon Trail Could Be Headed To The Video Games Hall of Fame: We Could Use YOUR Push - VOTE!

StrongMuseum1Did you know that there’s a Museum of Play in Rochester, NY that features thousands of games of fun and learning from over the many years, from Comic Book heroes, to Sesame Street favorites, to video games from back when they first started. Remember “Pong?” If not, you don’t go back far enough.

Check out their website! It’s called the Strong National Museum of Play.

Just click the link above. Below is a diagram of just some of their thousands of exhibits of fun and games.

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DonRawitschThe_Oregon_Trail_coverBelieve it or not, one of the greatest educational simulation games of all time, if not THE greatest, Oregon Trail (OT) has NOT yet been selected into these honored halls and exhibits. We at RE@L remain hopeful this will be the year of the OT induction!

Why do we care? One of the 3 original inventors of Oregon Trail, Don Rawitsch, is now one of our key developers of RE@L learning software. He creates apps that kids and teachers love to use because, one, it’s fun and, two, it works. Kids really learn new and useful, real-world skills and have fun doing it. Best of all it works! Why? Because RE@L tests it with students and teachers to make sure it does work.

If you are one of the millions who loved playing Oregon Trail (OT), here’s your chance to help get it into the hallowed halls of fame at the Strong Museum of Play. All you have to do is click on this link: NOMINATION FORM, respond to a couple of questions and, bingo, you’re done, and Oregon Trail gets one more nudge forward into Fame.

RedditAs an added bonus, next Monday, Feb 1 at 9AM CST, you can go online at social media site REDDIT.COM, and submit your OT questions online to none other than inventor Trail Boss himself, Don Rawitsch.

Ask all those things you always wondered about: “Why was there so much dysentery?”; “How come they didn’t bring Pepto-Bismol along?”; “How many seconds should I wait before I press the Bang-Bang key and bag a deer?”;”Of the millions who took the OT trek, what percent made it?”  Get your questions ready and quiz Don next Monday! He’ll be a-waitin’ on ya!

So, let’s vote and get that Oregon Trail wagon into the World Video Game Hall of Fame! And, don’t forget to visit Reddit.com on Feb 1 to find out the best way to ford a stream and live.

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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.