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.
Technology and Problem Solving is the newest IAE-pedia entry. It is also available as a free short book. PDF: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/267-technology-and-problem-solving-in-prek-12-education-1.html; Microsoft Word: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/266-technology-and-problem-solving-in-prek-12-education.html.
This document is specifically designed for preservice and inservice teachers. It is not specific to any particular discipline or grade level, and so will be useful in the computer-in-education courses that preservice teachers take. The document contains a number of suggested activities for teachers of teachers, for inservice teachers, and for preservice teachers doing classroom practicums.
- 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.)
Free Educational Materials
All of the Information Age Education materials are available free on the Web.
Click here to view a list of the 299 entries in the IAE-pedia.]
Click here to view a list of the 308 IAE Blog entries.
Click here to view a list of the 146 IAE Newsletters. This free newsletter is published twice a month.
Recently Published and/or Updated IAE Documents
Massive Open Online Courses: MOOCs. Provides an introduction to MOOCS and access to some of the recent research, development, and implementation at the precollege and higher education levels.
Substantially Revised and Updated: Math Maturity. Is the term "math maturity" new to you? Read the first part of the Math Maturity IAE-pedia document to get started in this very important aspect of math education.
Substantially Revised and Updated: Improving Math Education. This very extensive (short-book-length) IAE-pedia entry has had well over 100,000 hits since the first version was published in 2008.
Recent Blog Addition: Seven Ways to Fine-tune Your Brain.
Recent Blog Addition: School Homework: Think Outside the Box.
Recent Blog Addition:Disruptive Innovations in Education.
Recent Blog Addition: An Introduction to College Math Placement Testing . This is an IAE Blog entry associated with the much longer IAE-pedia entry listed below.
Recent IAE-pedia Addition: Exploring the College Math Placement Testing Process. Discusses a wide variety of math placement tests. Designed for secondary school math teachers and their students. Also oriented toward elementary school math teachers, teachers of math teachers, and parents of students of high school students.
Recent IAE Newsletters. Here are two newsletters about current and future "teaching machines."
- [http://i-a-e.org/newsletters/IAE-Newsletter-2014-146.html Education for Students' Futures Part 15: The Future of Teaching Machines.
- [http://i-a-e.org/newsletters/IAE-Newsletter-2014-145.htmlEducation for Students' Futures Part 14: The Future of Teaching Machines.
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 42,626 hits as of 7/14/2014.
Good Math Lesson Plans. 154,061 hits as of 10/3/2014. Download free accompanying book from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/230-good-math-lesson-plans.html.
Improving Math Education. 124,959 hits as of 10/3/2014.
Communicating in the Language of Mathematics. 107,866 hits as of 10/3/2014.
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 than 299 entries and is currently averaging more than 2,000 hits per day. Click here to see a list of documents in the IAE-pedia in order of their popularity.
- IAE Blog. The IAE Blog has 308 entries. The Blog averaged more than 2,000 hits per day during the year 2013 and is averaging more than 4,500 hits per day in 2014. Click here to access the IAE Blog.
- IAE Newsletter. This free, twice-monthly newsletter has more than 900 subscribers and has published more than 146 issues. Click here to access/subscribe to the IAE Newsletter.
- IAE Books. IAE has published about 50 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.
A number of volunteers have contributes articles and editing help.