Yes, We At RE@L Are Proud! Featured Editorial in the St. Paul Sunday Pioneer Press Business Section

featured image launching soon3RE@L is very pleased to announce that our founder, Dale LaFrenz, was interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press Business Editor, Dave Fondler. The interview was featured at the top of the Business section of the Sunday paper. The important topic discussed was Minnesota’s own historical and now current leadership in effective K12 software for students and teachers.

No one knows that story better than Dale LaFrenz. Back in 1978, he called and made a deal with Steve Jobs back that brought the Apple II computer and the simulation learning game “Oregon Trail” to teachers and students everywhere. Oregon Trail is arguably the most popular learning game of all time.

Dale had founded the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) that brought dozens and dozens of award-winning K12 software to schools all over the country. He knows the history of school software better than anyone, and has used that accumulated knowledge and success to found Real Experiences at Life (RE@L) software that uses today’s mobile apps and iPads to better aid learning. RE@L’s software team has many of the same members who brought MECC to the market.DaleRE@L002

His interview can be read in entirety by clicking the red link below:

“Minnesota education tech pioneer wants his app on your student’s iPad”  

As fate would have it, that same issue of the paper had a critical story on the local school district’s decision to provide every student and teacher with an iPad to help with learning and teaching. What’s been unresolved to date is how this iPad plan will happen. We applaud the district for planning ahead and bringing that plan to the School Board and public for input and suggestions.

What made MECC so successful was the wealth of information and resources for teachers and students to get the maximum instructional benefit from the software. The same is true for our software at RE@L. Our supplemental “edu-tainment” apps support the curriculum and allow students to apply what they’ve learned to real-world settings. The district would be well-advised to include those teaching and learning resources in their plan. Tools, without a do-able plan, are worthless.

RE@L is pledged to work with schools districts on criteria for choosing apps and software for their mobile learning devices, from iPads to laptops. Funds well-spent are those directed to products that work.

RE@L hopes that the community-at-large of educators, parents, students, investors all understand what RE@L delivers: learning apps and software that works. That’s what our teachers and students need, too. That’s why we here at RE@L are very proud. Check us out at our website by clicking the link!

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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.

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