Retro educational technology

Apr 18, 2013
Educational technology is a hot topic these days. From iPads to SMART Boards, online classes to apps, technology is undoubtedly changing the landscape of the classroom. Of course, all this talk got us thinking about our favorite retro educational-technology games (Reader Rabbit, Dr. Brain, and The Oregon Trail among them…). A child of the 90s, I remember loving our weekly computer lesson. My classmates and I would grab our labeled floppy disks and eagerly head down to the computer lab to practice our typing skills with Mavis Beacon. Just in time for what Instagram users call #ThrowbackThursday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane and reminiscing about our favorite ed-tech games from childhood. Alex was a huge fan of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. (Such a classic!) “It was great! You got to travel all over the world and learn new facts about exciting places,” she explains. Similarly, Dante loved Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? for the original Nintendo. He recalls the larger-than-normal box it came in, complete with an abridged encyclopedia. Lauren cites Number Munchers and Math Rabbit as two of her favorites. “I was horrible at math as a kid, and both of those games were entertaining, education, and gave me a huge sense of accomplishment!” she says. A favorite game of Anne’s was Lemonade Stand, where you based your business decisions on weather and decided the amount of sugar, lemons, and cups you needed to purchase in order to make enough lemonade for the day. “You also got to pick the day’s price and got pretend-rich if you made the right choices!” I have a long list of favorites. In addition to Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (obviously), I loved Treasure MountainandMath Blaster for brushing up on math and Storybook Weaver for indulging my imagination. (Plus, I was always secretly excited when I had to stay late after school and got to play MindMaze for kids using Encarta 95 on the library computer…). How about you? What were your favorite educational technology games growing up? Let us know in the comments! Image via raybdbomb