Information Age Education Blog

The goal of IAE is to help improve education at all levels throughout the world. This work is done through the publication of the IAE Blog, the IAE-pedia, the IAE Newsletter, books, and other materials all available free on the Web. For more information, go to http://iae-pedia.org/.

See http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund. My most recent project is the creation of a non-profit organization named Information Age Education (IAE). Its goal is to help improve teaching and learning by people of all ages, throughout the world. Current IAE activities include:


• IAE-pedia—http://iae-pedia.org/.This is one of IAE's home pages.
• Web—http://i-a-e.org/home.html.
• This is one of IAE's home pages.IAE Newsletterhttp://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.html.
• IAE Bloghttp://i-a-e.org/iae-blog.html.
• Books. Authors include Bob Albrecht—http://iae-pedia.org/Robert_Albrecht#Free_Books_by_Bob_Albrecht; Dave Moursund—http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund_Books; and Bob Sylwester & Dave Moursund—http://iae-pedia.org/IAE_Newsletter

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Common Core Standards = Success in Math

This “guest” IAE Blog entry was written by Madeline Ahearn (administrator of kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics for the Eugene, Oregon 4J School District) and Dev Sinha (associate professor of mathematics at the University of Oregon). It was originally published on May 24, 2015, by the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper, and is reproduced here with the permission of the authors and the Eugene Register-Guard.

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Technology-based Mini-singularities

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Asking More Useful Questions About Our Educational System

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Improving Precollege Education: Don’t Just Complain—Do Something Positive

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Future (& Past) Employment in the Computer Field

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Preparing Students for Their Futures

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TED Talk about Computer Vision by Fei-Fei Li

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues —in more than 100 languages (About TED, 2015).

What began as a quite exclusive and high-priced conference for a limited number of people has spread throughout the world. There are now more than 1,900 TED Talks available on the Web. Data presented by Hochman (3/7/2014) indicate that the TED Talks videos have had about 2 billion views.

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Viewing “Now” from Past Forecasts

For a number of years the IAE-pedia has published links and brief descriptions of forecasts for the future. What the Future Is Bringing Us has had nearly 75,000 hits and currently covers the years 2007 to 2015. The same section of the IAE-pedia also includes a number of links to other “historical” IAE documents.

The complete list of 10 forecasts in 2007 was:

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Poverty and Testing: Two Major Educational Problems

In a recent mailing to his email distribution lists, Jerry Becker recommended the following video:

Defies Measurement (Shine on Productions, 2013). 1:05 video. Retrieved 4/6/2015 from https://vimeo.com/user20632266/defiesmeasurementfilm.

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Education for the Coming Technological Singularity

“In times of change, the learner will inherit the earth while the learned are beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.” (Eric Hoffer; American social writer and philosopher; 1902-1983.)

This is Part 2 of a two-part IAE Blog entry about our rapidly changing technology. The previous entry introduced the idea of a technological singularity. The term technological singularity refers to some time in the future when computers become much “smarter” than people.

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Possible Futures of PreK-12 Education

I am very proud of the new 48-page book that I have just written and made available free. The full title is Technology and Problem Solving: PreK-12 Education for Adult Life, Careers, and Further Education. Here is the first part of Chapter 1.

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825-1895.)

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The Coming Technological Singularity

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke; British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist; 1917-2008.)

This is Part 1 of a two-part IAE Blog. Part 2 explores some of the educational implications of the coming technological singularity. It is available at http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/entry/education-for-the-coming-technological-singularity.html

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Robots Are Here and Lots More Are Coming

The title of this IAE Blog entry describes now and the future. My question is, what should our informal and formal educational systems—including schools, parents, and educational leaders—be doing about it?

We all know about outsourcing jobs to countries that have low labor costs. Perhaps we are less concerned about another type of outsourcing when industrial robots in our country and in many other countries take over jobs formerly performed by humans. This second type of “outsourcing” is decreasing the number of industrial manufacturing jobs performed by humans in the United States—a large and rapidly growing change.

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Should We Use Digital Technology to 'Drill' Children?

This is a Guest IAE Blog entry by Cathie Norris and Eliot Soloway.

Introduction by David Moursund

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Attacking “Big” Problems Part 2: Bottom-up Approaches

The previous IAE Blog entry explored top-down approaches to attacking big problems. It illustrated this with the Apollo moon project and the War on Cancer. Both involved large amounts of funding distributed through a central source and coordinated in a top-down manner.

This blog entry considers the use of technology to attack some big problems by using a bottom-up or combined bottom-up and top-down approach. It focuses on improving education.

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Attacking “Big” Problems Part 1: Top-Down Approaches

Jason Pontin is the editor-in-chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review. His 2014 TED Talk is titled: Can technology solve our big problems? (10/4/2014). Examples of really big problems include: global warming; an increasing shortage of fresh water; sustainability; worldwide poverty, hunger, disease, and education; and war and terrorism.

Here is Pontin’s summary of four conditions that he argues must all be present if technology is going to help solve really big problems in a top-down manner:

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Two Ancient/Modern Educational Problems

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." (Socrates; Greek philosopher; circa 469 BC-399 BC.)

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something." (Thomas Woodrow Wilson; 28th President of the United States; 1856-1924.)

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Are High Schools Seriously Misleading Our Students? Update

I have been writing about education and computers in education for a very long time. Some of what I have written may now be of historical value, and quite a bit of that is available free on the Web.

From time to time, when I am in a reminiscing mood, I read some of my old articles, editorials, and blog entries. I reflect on what has changed in the ensuing years.

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High School Mathematics Standards

James T. Fey (Jim Fey) is a national leader in math education. I first got to know him more than 30 years ago through his research and development work on use of computers in elementary school mathematics. There he explored how computers can be used to make significant changes in the math curriculum.

As an example, think about the math knowledge and skills in decimal arithmetic, percentages, angles, and the use of a protractor and compass needed to create pie charts. A couple of years before students acquire such knowledge and skills in the traditional grade school curriculum, they can create and use pie charts with the help of computers. The key idea is that they can make use of their vision abilities (their “mind’s eye”) in understanding pie charts, and creating them on a computer, before they have developed the math knowledge and skills to create them using “by hand” methods. Jim Fey referred to this specific visual math approach to curriculum change as an inverted curriculum.

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