Earliest EdTech Memory
The year was 1989 and I had just entered public school for the first time to attend my 4th grade year. Prior to this I was home schooled by my mother, an elementary school teacher with a reading specialization. We didn't have a family computer yet so access to the lone Apple //e in my new classroom was very exciting. My earliest memory of an educational technology took place on this machine: try to survive the Oregon Trail.
While there were other games like Odell Lake and Number Munchers, they didn’t hold a candle to Oregon Trail. Every student wanted to play it during their computer time and discussion about strategy and results extended to the playground at recess. Upon reflection, the game was fun, encouraged critical thinking, and introduced the hard luck that life is unpredictable. Over 30 years later, and I still can’t make it to Oregon's Willamette Valley.
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