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).
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 about 2,600 hits per day. Click here to see a list of documents in the IAE-pedia.
- IAE Blog. The IAE Blog has more than 270 entries and is currently averaging close to 2,000 hits per day. 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.
Some Recently Published and/or Updated IAE Documents
- The IAE-pedia article about the Wikipedia has been substantially revised and updated.
- The IAE-pedia about Brain Science has been substantially increased in content and updated.
- A new chapter on math assessment has been added to the IAE book:
- IAE Blog entry: Thinking and Acting Globally.This IAE Blog entry has been expanded into an IAE-pedia entry by the same title and is available at http://iae-pedia.org/Thinking_and_Acting_Globally.
- IAE Blog entry: Educating Students for Their Possible Futures. This IAE Blog entry discusses four general future-oriented areas of education. It is also a call for participation. We are seeking authors who will write an IAE Newsletter on one of these futures-oriented topics. These newsletters will be organized into short books, published, and made available free on the Web.
- IAE book: Sylwester, R., & Moursund, D., eds. (June 2013). Consciousness and Morality: Recent Research Developments. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Free 48-page book. Microsoft Word file; PDF file.
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.
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."
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.