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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.

A New Year’s R

I’ll bet you think that the R in the title of this IAE Blog entry stands for Resolution. Wrong! It is the 4th R in the list Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic, and Reasoning (computational thinking).

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.

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Good Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.” (Henry Louis “H.L.” Mencken; American journalist, essayist, editor; 1880-1956.)

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Albert Einstein; German-born theoretical physicist and 1921 Nobel Prize winner; 1879-1955.)

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Finland’s Public Schools

I have been reading about Finland’s public school system for a number of years. Year after year, it is ranked near the top of school systems throughout the world (Schwab, 2016). Many people have asked, “Why?” and what can we (educational leaders in my country) do in order to emulate or exceed this success. See the video, Finland’s Formula for School Success (Edutopia, 1/25/2012).

If it were easy to emulate Finland’s successful approach, I believe it would have been done in many different school districts and school systems. My conclusion is that we can learn from Finland’s school system, but that its core reasons for success are not easily replicated.

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IAE Lists of Free Online Educational Resources

Information Age Education (IAE) provides a wide variety of aids to teachers, teachers of teachers, parents, and others who are interested in improving education. Recently IAE has thoroughly revised and updated a number of its IAE-pedia documents that focus on accessing and using free educational materials available on the Web.

Six Examples of Recently Updated IAE Resource Lists

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Two Women Advancing the Field of Information and Communication Technology

I strongly support the participation of women in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). My IAE-pedia article, Women in ICT, was initially written in 2009 and has recently been completely updated. Since 2009, the document has had about 90,000 hits, which makes it #12 in the list of most popular IAE-pedia entries (Moursund, 2016).

I have been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for about 50 years. and regularly read the Communications of the ACM (CACM) publication. For the most part, many of the technical details in the CACM are now “over my head.” However, a number of the articles provide excellent background information on how computer technology is changing the world and the problems that ICT is addressing. The ACM and CACM are very supportive of the field of computers in education.

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