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'Oregon Trail' Creator Developing Real-World Apps for Students

'Oregon Trail' Creator Developing Real-World Apps for Students

Dale LaFrenz, one of the "Oregon Trail" creators, is back and ready to help kids learn more effectively. With his new startup, [email protected], (Real Experiences at Life), LaFrenz and his team aim to create highly efficient iPad apps that help children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

In the 1970s, LaFrenz helped start the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC), with the goal of getting Apple computers into every school district in the state, said Now, he continues to work with teachers, parents and students to inspire a love of learning.

"[email protected] is focused on kids, parents and teachers," LaFrenz said. "We're focused on bringing kids all the way through, to be productive adults in the world of work."

[email protected] Basics has a set of apps to promote learning in math, language arts, science and social studies. One app set, Raceway Math, helps students develop fundamental math skills through NASCAR-like games. The company also features a program called "[email protected] Practical Life Skills," which helps teenagers learn how to create and run their own babysitting companies. 

In addition, the company features STEM and Common Core apps. [email protected] STEM Investigations looks at science, technology, engineering and math through Common Core Standards. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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