Oregon Trail flashbacks: Comment of the day
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."
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