Top 10 Educational Games of the 1980s

Man, I love this post by John Rice of Educational Games Research. It is right up my alley. I grew up playing these games in the 1980s and I love educatonal games, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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  1. Jason Ramos September 22, 2008

    WOW all of the games with the exception of number munchers I have played.

    I grew up playing all of these games during computer class growing up. It helped a lot towards my typing and math skills.

    I didn’t realize Oregon trail was as educational as it is. You work with money and have to make decisions that affect the team.

    I had a different version or game also called Math Blaster where I was going through an abandoned TV station and this crazy mad scientist would make me solve math equations before I could defeat him with my remote control. It was a game on a huge floppy disk.

    I love the 80’s Educational Games!

  2. Karl Kapp September 22, 2008

    Yes, what really good educational video games do is teach problem-solving, weighing variables and quick decision making, skills required for almost any job in the future. We can no longer teach everything, we need to teach meta-skills and video games can play an important role in that teaching process.

  3. keen2learn September 22, 2008

    Educational games are fun inspiring the natural challenge to beat a previous score and most importantly can use the latest fashionable gizmos.
    Equally important is the ability to play the games outside the school environment. Practice make perfect, but can you see many children taking up a similar challenge with conventional “text book” homework. I believe the route ahead is to capture their imagination and involvement, but also reflect the incredible developments that taking place globally. They say 60% of our children will ultimately be in jobs that don’t currently exist. We need to prepare them with as many options as possible.

Karl Kapp
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