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Purpose of this IAE-pedia Page

The purpose of this page is to provide brief summaries of new and/or especially popular IAE and AGATE documents.

The most important news is that AGATE (Advancement of Globally Appropriate Technology and Education) has been created both help secure IAE's long term future and to further other technology-related aspects of helping to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world.

David Moursund, the founder of IAE, is nearing his 80th birthday. Life expectancy tables from insurance companies forecast a 10 year life expectancy. Moursund's goal over his remaining lifetime (and the reason for the creation of AGATE) is to facilitate the long term continuation of IAE's work and other projects related to improving quality of life throughout the world.

This IAE-pedia page will typically be divided into three Parts.

Part 1: Recent and/or especially popular pages in the IAE documents. Part 2: Recent and/or especially popular documents in the AGATE website. (These are currently a "work in progress.") Part 3. General information of possible interest to readers of IAE and AGATE publications.


Part 1: What's New and/or Especially Popular in IAE Publications

The Fourth R, a New, Free Book

You know about the first three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. The 4th R of Reasoning/computational thinking makes use of both human brain and computer brain to answer questions, represent and solve problems, and accomplish tasks.

The Fourth R is the title of my newest free (short) book. I strongly believe that the 4th R is now fully as important as each of the first three Rs. My book presents arguments for and “how to” suggestions for fully integrating the 4th R into the PreK-12 curriculum. Like the first three Rs, the study and use of the 4th R should be occurring throughout the school day, as well as outside of school.

Moursund, D. (12/23/2016). The Fourth R. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/289-the-fourth-r/file.html. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/290-the-fourth-r-1/file.html. Access the book online at http://iae-pedia.org/The_Fourth_R.

Games and Problem-Solving Book

Moursund, D. (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.

Brain Science Book

Moursund, D. (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. There is an annotated list of about 50 videos that help to cover the content of the book.

Math Methods 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.

The main audience for this short book is faculty who teach a Math Methods course for preservice elementary education teachers. I believe that most faculty who teach the Mathematics for Elementary Teachers course (most often taught in math departments) will also benefit from the book.

I have a third audience in mind. Please consider sharing this book with students taking a Math Methods course or a Math for Elementary Teachers course.

The book places particular emphasis on three topics:

  • Prerequisites for students and preparation of their faculty.
  • Learning and teaching problem-solving, both in math and also “across the curriculum”.
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology (ICT) into teaching, learning, doing, and using math.

Information Underload and Overload Document

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.

Technology and Problem-Solving Book

Moursund, D. (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.

Part 2: What's New and/or Especially Popular in AGATE

This section is a Work in Progress.

Here are some examples of topics that will be addressed in specific AGATE publications and activities.

  • Inexpensive technology (including "Do it yourself projects") that can make a significant contribution to quality of life.
  • Major global problems that can be addressed at a global, national, regional, and local level. Here, AGATE's focus is on "Think globally, act locally".
  • Identify some of the large corporate and individual funders of research, development, and distribution of technology designed to help improve quality of life.

Part 3: General Information

IAE and AGATE are actively seeking authors and other volunteers who want to contribute to the development and dissemination of the current and future efforts of IAE and AGATE.

We especially hope to recruit volunteers in three aspects of this endeavor:

  • People who know about and are involved in education outside of the United States.
  • 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 IAE Blog entries, IAE Newsletter articles, and IAE-pedia documents.
  • Acquisitions editors and editors who will help to guide potential writers.

Click here to learn more about being an author.

As you browse the current IAE and AGATE 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 (moursund@uoregon.edu).

Author of This Page

This page is maintained by David Moursund.