IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Integrating Project-based Learning with Information and Communication Technology

Recently I read about Ypsilanti New Tech High School in Michigan. It is a high school that is based on project-based learning and high tech.

Feldscher, K. (11/30/2010). Ypsilanti New Tech High School's unconventional approach resonating with teachers, students. Retrieved 12/1/2010 from http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-new-tech-high-school-students-and-staff-adjust-to-changes-excited-about-new-direction/.

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Volunteer Led Robotics Projects and Robotics Contests in Precollege Education

My older daughter visited me over Thanksgiving holidays. She is a woman of many talents, including being a very good computer programmer with interests in a number of different fields. She is particularly interested in computer games and in the roles of robotics in education.

For a number of years she has worked as a volunteer in helping teams of precollege students build robots that they then use in robotics competitions. While continuing to participate as a volunteer at this individual team level, she has also risen to the level of being a (volunteer) judge at regional and national contests.

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Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers (17-minute TED Video)

For most of my professional career I have been advocating major changes in the school math curriculum to better reflect the changes being brought about by computers. In brief summary, much of our school math curriculum content focuses on helping students learn to do by hand the computations and symbol manipulations that computers can do much more rapidly and accurately.

This TED video provides a really neat summary of my thoughts:

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Computer Technology: Solutions Looking for a Problem and Problems Looking for a Solution

Many years ago I heard the statement that a computer is a solution looking for a problem. This statement has stuck in my head, and it still seems relevant.

The history of computing devices is usually traced back many thousands of years ago to the abacus and still earlier aids to counting and keeping track of quantities. An abacus is an excellent and easy-to-learn aid to adding and subtracting integers.

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Garbage in, Garbage Out—For Computer and Human Brains

The idea of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) is suggested by the following statement by Charles Babbage:

On two occasions I have been asked—"Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. (Charles Babbage; English mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer; 1791–1871).

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