DailyDirt: That's Edutainment!

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Some folks are out to actively dismantle (or disrupt) the existing education system, and the revolution in public education has only just started. Educational software is getting a lot of buzz for being able to motivate students and more accurately track their progress -- and for its potential to be incredibly cost effective (if everything works perfectly). Here are just a few examples of educational developments aimed at kids these days. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 31st, 2012 @ 5:44pm

    games don't motivate people; ppl motivate ppl?

    people aren't really motivated by games unless the games are fun.

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    Wally (profile), May 31st, 2012 @ 10:02pm

    Fun Edutaitnment Games still used today...

    I'm going to show my age in a moment. I'm 26 years old and had a lot of fun experiences with edutainment and there is one I cannot remember the name of but here goes.

    1. Oregon Trail.....All throughout my school years right through college, this game was used to teach various things about pioneer life along the Oregon Trail that started in Missouri and ended in Oregon. Anyway, during my Schiller years we had version 2.0 where we used the mouse to hunt. My American History professor at Ohio State used the original MS-DOS version to teach the hardshhips they faced (through a no mouse interface for most of my class....hunting was trickier).

    2. Number Maze for the Macintosh. The concept here was to teach math throught the use of opening up gates. The pawns or avatars used were moved by clicking the mouse and if you hit a grated out area...you had to do math to get through it.

    3. SuperSolvers Gizmos and Gadgets: Oh my lord this game caused the people who ran my Jr. High computer lab (full of those Allinone Power Macintoshes) to literally break the sound controls. The concept of the game was to teach you various things about the physical sciences.

    4. In my Kindergarten youth I remember playing a game on the school's Apple /// computer where you moved a turtoise on the screen using pascal or basic (cannot remember which). We were learning programming in Kindergarten enough said...

    If you define being able to write your own family's epitaphs (Oregon Trail DOS version), using black and white animations to make math interesting, and building your own vehicle to race which the outcome depended on how hard you looked and how many puzzles you solved added to the score as fun, give me the Glory Days of edutainment when less exposition meant a lot more :-)

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    Anonymous Coward, May 31st, 2012 @ 10:08pm

    Re: Fun Edutaitnment Games still used today...

    *in my k-8 years...not Schiller....odd seeing Schiller was at Apple then :-)

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    Austronymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2012 @ 2:49am

    Re: Fun Edutaitnment Games still used today...

    Heh, I'm not far behind you in that department.
    Remember classic games like Zoombinis: A Logical Journey, Where On Earth/In Time Is Carmen Sandiego or 3001: A Reading and Math Odyssey (learning maths and literature via Greek myths)?
    I've still got them on their original 3.5" floppies and CD's they came on (and they still work).

    Also, am I the only one who thought of Tom Lehrer's "That's Mathematics!" with this article title? :D

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    Wally (profile), Jun 1st, 2012 @ 12:30pm

    More Edutainment

    Funny thing about DOS Oregon Trail is that you got to read the epitaphs of the students who played before you :-) that was an amazing class and one of my favorite classes in college :-) It is available via Abandonware sites and best used with DOSBox :-)

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