- "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.)
Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon non-profit corporation created by David Moursund in July, 2007. Its goal is to improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world.
The Organization of IAE's Free Educational Materials
The information given below will show you the details of how IAE has organized its information content and how to access this content.
Since IAE began in July, 2007, its publications have had more than 10 million hits. IAE runs two major websites:
- IAE-pedia. You are currently using this website.Click here to access a collection of over 300 entries in the IAE-pedia.
- IAE Blog, Newsletters, Books, and Miscellaneous Articles. See the top box of menu items on the left side of the page you are currently viewing.
The second of these two websites is divided into three main parts:
- Click here to access the collection of over 350 IAE Blog entries.
- Click here to access the collection of well over 170 IAE Newsletters. This free newsletter is published twice a month.
- Books. Look at the Menu on the top left side of this page. Four of the clickable entries will take you to lists of free downloadable books.
IAE includes a special emphasis on math and science. The second and third menu boxes to the left provide examples of documents in these categories.
A different approach to finding IAE documents about a specific topic is to use a Web search engine. At the beginning of your search, insert the quoted phrase "Information Age Education". For example, a Google search of
- "Information Age Education" problem solving
produces over 6,000 results (hits) on IAE documents containing the expression problem solving.
Some Recent Very Popular IAE Publications
- Moursund, David (January, 2016). Learning problem-solving strategies through the use of games: A guide for teachers and parents. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. PDF: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/279-learning-problem-solving-strategies-through-the-use-of-games-a-guide-for-teachers-and-parents-1.html. Microsoft Word: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/278-learning-problem-solving-strategies-through-the-use-of-games-a-guide-for-teachers-and-parents.html.
This book is for preservice and inservice teachers, parents and grandparents, and all others who want to learn more about how games can be used effectively in education. The book includes a number of activities for preservice and inservice teachers, and a number of activities to use with K-12 students.
- Moursund, D. (August 2015). Brain Science for Educators and Parents. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Website: http://iae-pedia.org/Brain_Science. PDF file: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/271-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents-1/file.html. Microsoft Word File: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/270-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents.html.
The book's ten chapters provide brief introductions to a wide range of topics relevant to K-12 teachers and their students, teachers of preservice and inservice teachers, and parents. Includes an annotated list of about 50 videos that help to cover the content of the book.
- Moursund, D. (2016). Math Methods for Preservice Elementary Teachers. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Website: http://iae-pedia.org/Math_Methods_for_Preservice_Elementary_Teachers. PDF File: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/283-math-methods-for-preservice-elementary-teacher-1.html. Microsoft Word File: http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/282-math-methods-for-preservice-elementary-teacher.html.
- Moursund, D. (2016). Information underload and overload. IAE-pedia. Retrieved 3/10/2016 from http://iae-pedia.org/Information_Underload_and_Overload.
This IAE-pedia document discusses information underload (too little information), information "just right" load, and information overload (too much information). The document is intended for all teachers, teachers of teachers, and parents who are home schooling their children.
- Moursund, D. (2/27/2015). Technology and Problem Solving. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Website: http://iae-pedia.org/Technology_and_Problem_Solving. 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.
Problem solving lies at the heart of every academic discipline of study. Computer technology is now a powerful aid to problem solving. Ideas from this short book should prove of use to every teacher and teacher of teachers.
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 to become 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."
Call for Authors and Editors: Writing for IAE
IAE is looking for authors and editors. We are seeking people who want to help improve all levels of formal and informal education throughout the world. We are currently seeking volunteers in three aspects of this endeavor:
- People who know about and are involved in education outside of the United States. Click here for details on the types of articles we are seeking.
- Change agents and futurists. What is your vision for major changes in education that will help provide students with an education that better prepares them for the future? Please consider writing Blog entries, Newsletter articles, and IAE-pedia documents.
- Acquisitions editors and editors who will help guild potential writers.
As you browse the current IAE publications, you will notice that some entries were written by students and other who have not previously written for wide scale distribution of their ideas. We welcome beginners!
If you are interested in working as a volunteer in any of these areas, please contact David Moursund (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note to Potential Contributors
Information Age Education is a non-profit corporation in the State of Oregon. In late 2015, IAE applied to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the laws of the United States. AGATE (Advancement of Globally Appropriate Technology and Education) will include the current IAE organization and its materials. In order to expand IAE's worldwide efforts, AGATE will be seeking contribution as well as other sources of revenue.
A substantial contribution at the end of 2015 has helped us get started in this fund-raising endeavor. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact David Moursund (email@example.com) or Russell Moursund (firstname.lastname@example.org).