Technology: The Lessons Of "Oregon Trail"
City Pages tells the story of the now lowly and totally old-fashioned game called Oregon Trail, created by a history teacher for his classroom in 1971 and originally played on a teletype (ask your parents). Since then it's sold 65 million copies The challenges are still the same, however. (How much to pay for your oxen team. Where to ford a river. The value of a spare axle.) The Atlantic Wire rounds up some commentary on the game's legacy and educational value (Is Oregon Trail the Greatest Video Game of All Time?) including from the New Yorker (Master Of Play) and Certification Map (Top Seven Educational Games) and Chicago Tribune (Best Sports Videogame). I haven't read the whole thing but it opens with three Carleton students finishing up a teacher prep program and finding out that teaching's not as easy as it looks.