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.
- "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.)
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 cover the content of the book.
- 1 Searching the IAE Websites
- 2 Free Educational Materials
- 3 Recently Published and/or Updated IAE Documents
- 4 IAE in a Nutshell
- 5 IAE Purpose and Philosophy
- 6 Note to Potential $$$ Donors
- 7 Author or Authors
Searching the IAE Websites
IAE runs two major websites housing five main types of free materials. The IAE-pedia is located in http://iae-pedia.org. The IAE Blog, IAE Newsletter, Books, and Miscellaneous Articles are located in http://i-a-e.org. The first box of menu items on the left of each home page will take you to these five main types of materials.
IAE has a special emphasis on math and science. The second and third menu boxes to the left provide examples of documents in these categories.
Each IAE-pedia entry has been assigned to one or more categories. Click on Categories to access a list of all categories. Click on a specific Category to go to a page listing all IAE-pedia articles assigned to that category.
Click Here to see a list of all IAE-pedia pages ordered by popularity (number of hits).
Another approach is to make use of your favorite search engine. Place the term iae-pedia at the beginning of your search string.
Finally, near the bottom there is a Search Box. Key in one or more words and click on Search. This searches the titles of the IAE-pedia entries for words that match your search term words.
Free Educational Materials
All of the Information Age Education materials are available free on the Web.
Click here to view a list of over 300 entries in the IAE-pedia. Each entry is clickable.
Click here to view a list of the well over 330 IAE Blog entries. Each entry is clickable.
Click here to view a list of the well over 160 IAE Newsletters. This free newsletter is published twice a month. Each entry is clickable.
Look at the Menu on the left side of this page. Some of the clickable entries will take you to a separate list of free downloadable books.
Recently Published and/or Updated IAE Documents
Recent IAE-pedia Entries
Brain Science for Educators and Parents. The 10 chapters provide brief introductions to a broad range of brain science topics important to educators and parents.
Technology-based mini-singularities. Problem-solving situations in which computers are now more capable than people. What do we want students to learn in such situations?
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.
Improving Math Education. This very extensive (short-book-length) IAE-pedia entry has had nearly 150,000 hits since the first version was published in 2008.
Recent IAE Blog Additions
Note to a Friend With Children. Here is one answer to the question, "What should my children be learning in school?"
Especially Important Recent IAE Newsletters
We have recently been publishing a long series of newsletters about credibility and validity of information. We live in the Information Age, and we are constantly bombarded with information. Some has credibility and validity—but much does not. A key aspect of a good education is learning to separate the wheat fro the chaff. The series begins at Credibility and Validity of Information: Part 1.
Here are two newsletters about current and future "teaching machines." Teaching machines are now good enough to greatly change and improve our educational system. And, they are steadily improving!
IAE in a Nutshell
Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon non-profit company dedicated to helping improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world. It currently publishes four types of free materials.
- IAE-pedia. This "pedia" began publication in July, 2007 and has had well over 5-million hits. It has more than 300 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 has published more than 335 entries. The IAE Blog has had more than 3,000,000 hits and is averaging about a thousand hits per day. Click here to access the IAE Blog.
- IAE Newsletter. This free, twice-monthly newsletter has began publication in August, 2008. Click here to access/subscribe to the IAE Newsletter.
- IAE Books. IAE has published more than 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."
Note to Potential $$$ Donors
If you are new to educational philanthropy, here are three educational resources you may find helpful:
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 go to the appropriate UO Foundation page. There, find the box labeled Additional Gift Instructions and indicate you want to contribute to the Department of Mathematics endowment fund titled Science of Teaching and Learning Mathematics established by David Moursund.
Author or Authors
The Information Age Education website 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.