Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon non-profit corporation created by David Moursund in July, 2007. It works to improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world. A number of people have contributed their time and expertise in developing the materials that are made available free in the various IAE publications. Click here to learn how you can help develop new IAE materials.
- If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. (John Dewey; American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer; 1859–1952).
Recently Published and/or Updated IAE Documents
New Free 96-page Book!!!
- Sylwester, R., & Moursund, D., eds. (March, 2014). Understanding and Mastering Complexity. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/256-understanding-and-mastering-complexity.html. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/255-understanding-and-mastering-complexity.html.
This new book from Sylwester and Moursund is designed for people interested in exploring ways that informal and formal education can help all of us to deal more easily with the complexity of many of our problems and tasks.
Progress in research and development helps to simplify some complex problems, and also can add to the complexity of others. For example, our authors consider the rapidly growing understanding of the human brain. They explore some of the ways in which the education profession has had to shift its perspective from a lack of understanding of functional brain organization to one in which such understanding can help to provide a foundation for improving our educational systems.
Or, consider Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a major change agent. Children who grow up making routine use of ICT do not view this “complexity” in the same manner as adults who find some aspects of this rapidly changing technology to be such a challenge. These are only two of the complexities we are working to understand and master.
The IAE collection of free materials is routinely being updated, edited, and added to. Click here for recent updated and/or newly added materials.
Highly Recommended and Popular IAE Documents
This page contains brief descriptions of Highly recommended IAE materials. Selections are based on frequency of downloads, IAE staff opinions, and reader feedback.
Especially for Readers Interested in Math Education
Math Education Digital Filing Cabinet provides access to a large collection of math education materials that have proven useful to preservice in inservice teachers of math at the K-12 levels. This IAE-pedia page had 38,778 hits as of 1/6/2014.
IAE in a Nutshell
Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon non-profit company dedicated to helping improve education throughout the world. It currently publishes four types of free materials.
- IAE-pedia. This "pedia" has more than 285 entries and is currently averaging more than 6,500 hits per day during the year 2013. Click here to see a list of documents in the IAE-pedia in order of their popularity.
- IAE Blog. The IAE Blog has more than 270 entries. The Blog averaged more than 2,000 hits per day during the year 2013l Click here to access the IAE Blog.
- IAE Newsletter. This free, twice-monthly newsletter has more than 900 subscribers and has published more than 120 issues. Click here to access/subscribe to the IAE Newsletter.
- IAE Books. IAE has published about 45 books that currently are available for free downloads. Click here for books authored or co-authored by David Moursund. Click here for books authored or co-authored by Bob Albrecht. Click here for books co-edited by Robert Sylwester and David Moursund.
- Other Free IAE Resources. A miscellaneous collection of documents; some are not included in the above categories. See, for example, http://i-a-e.org/articles.html which includes Digital Storytelling , Free Online Photo Editing, Writing a Project Proposal Goal Statement, and The Effects of Electronic Media on a Developing Brain.
IAE Purpose and Philosophy
The Information Age officially began in the United States in 1956. In that year, the U.S. first had more "white collar" workers than "blue collar" workers. This Information Age movement away from agricultural and manufacturing employment continues.
The U.S. educational system is struggling to appropriately accommodate these changes as well as the ensuing rapid progress in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Our educational system also faces a wide range of other challenges such as inadequate budgets, growing poverty in our country, and growing political pressures for higher educational performance outcomes.
Some components of IAE’s underlying ideas and philosophy are:
- Humans face very challenging problems, individually and collectively. The most important problems concern preserving and improving the sustainability and quality of life on our planet Earth.
- The intact human brain is naturally curious, is always involved in processing data, and is a lifelong learner. All people know how to learn and get better at learning through practice and through informal and formal education. All people, intentionally or not, teach themselves and others. All our lives, we learn and we teach.
- The Information Age is bringing us powerful aids to learning and to communicating and processing information. It is also bringing us a very rapid increase in the totality of information that one might want to learn and use. We each face an information overload and an environment of rapid change.
This philosophy is summarized in the IAE mission statement: "Information Age Education works to improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world."
Searching the IAE-pedia
Notice that the left column contains a variety of menu items. One is a Search Box. Key in one or more words and click on Search.
Another approach is to find all articles that are in a particular Category. Click on list of Categories. In that list, click on a Category to go to a page containing all IAE-pedia articles assigned to that Category.
Another approach is to click here to see a list of all IAE-pedia pages ordered by popularity (number of hits).
Still another approach is to click here to make use of Google to search David Moursund's websites. Click in the IAE Search Box, enter your search terms, and press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard.
Finally, make use of your favorite search engine, and place the term iae-pedia at the beginning of your search string.
Note to Potential Donors
If you are new to educational philanthropy, here are three educational resources you may find helpful:
- Improving Public Education: A Guide for Donors to Make a Difference.. This document includes a primer on the U.S. educational system and a list of eight principles for developing effective educational grants.
- Many philanthropic organizations have done their own studies and developed their own recommendations on opportunities to improve education in their own communities. An excellent example is provided by the 2007 Oregon Community Foundation document Opportunities and Options in Oregon Education Philanthropy.
- The Natural Learning Research Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching and introducing natural learning into education at all levels. Its website includes a report on a special project How to Make Educational Philanthropy More Productive.
If you would like to show your appreciation for the free materials being made available through Information Age Education, please consider making a contribution to help support the University of Oregon Department of Mathematics endowment fund titled Science of Teaching and Learning Mathematics established by David Moursund. Click here to access The David Moursund Legacy Fund.
Author or Authors
The Information Age Education Wiki was established at the end of July, 2007, by David Moursund. Ken Loge provided the technical services and other help.