Teacher Builds Atari 2600 Space Shuttle Simulator For 8th Graders:

Looking for a fun and immersive way to teach his 8th grade students about space, science instructor Chad Shumaker brought Activision’s 1984 sim Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space to his classroom…

This article brought a smile to my face for several reasons:

  • using video game technology to create an engaging educational experience
  • that you don’t need the latest and greatest games or hardware
  • the budget was dirt-cheap

and

  • the teacher took an awful game and made it fun (or less awful)

I’m curious as to how common it is for teachers to utilize old computer games  in the classroom. My guess is hardly, particularly as classic games such as Oregon Trail are now available on cellphone and Nintendo Wii.

(via GameSetWatch, The Times-Reporter)