Oregon Trail flashbacks: Comment of the day

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Our cover story jogged some memories.
This week's cover story on the early computer game Oregon Trail, and its creators, Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger, has generated a lot of comments and link love.

Autumn Banter was among them.

"I am 33 years old and Oregon Trail is one of the strongest memories I have of elementary school," she says. "I clearly remember sitting in computer class with my friends, after learning how to use the mouse on the Apple II E and playing Oregon Trail with amazement. The game is legendary and I know of many adults who for years searched for the original version to play on modern computers."

Tom King seconded that emotion.

"What a powerful learning tool these pioneers brought to K-12 education! You can't fool the kids," he said. "They love real-life, simulation-based learning tools, ones which encourage them to think, collaborate, plan, make decisions, learn from failures, and improve their higher level thinking skills. That's exactly what Oregon Trail provides."

Read the cover story here, and watch video interviews with Oregon Trail's creators here and here, and tell us if you're flashing back on the Oregon Trail, too.



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