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.

Kindergarten Curriculum

Kindergarten is now well entrenched as a component of precollege education in the United States.

“Since 1977, the percentage of [U.S.] kindergartners enrolled in full-day (in contrast to half-day) programs has nearly tripled, increasing from 28 to 77 percent between 1977 and 2013” (Child Trends Data Bank, n.d.).

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Low-cost Electronic Tablet

There are a variety of emerging products and underlying technology being designed to provide every student with routine computer access and connectivity. The following article discusses a replacement for the chalk slate board that used to be a mainstay in education throughout the world and is still widely used.

Ruth, D., Boyd, J., & Meng, W.M. (10/3/2011). Low-cost electronic tablet proves worth in Indian classroom. Rice University Media and New Relations. Retrieved 12/12/2012 from  http://news.rice.edu/2011/10/05/low-cost-electronic-tablet-proves-worth-in-indian-classroom-2/.

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A New Book by Dave Moursund and Bob Albrecht

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book:

Moursund, Dave, & Albrecht, Bob (2011). Using Math Games and Word Problems to Increase the Math Maturity of K-8 Students. Salem, OR: The Math Learning Center; Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download a free PDF of the book at http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/211-using-math-games-and-word-problems-to-increase-the-math-maturity-of-k-8-students.html .

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Increasing Wait Time Is Often a Good Way to Improve Learning

Most teachers are aware of the concept called wait time. Quoting from http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/1884.shtml:

The concept of "wait-time" as an instructional variable was invented by Mary Budd Rowe (1972). The "wait-time" periods she found–periods of silence that followed teacher questions and students' completed responses–rarely lasted more than 1.5 seconds in typical classrooms. She discovered, however, that when these periods of silence lasted at least 3 seconds, many positive things happened to students' and teachers' behaviors and attitudes…

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The Multiple Academic Cultures Faced by an Elementary School Teacher

Many years ago, when I first became a faculty member in the University of Oregon College of Education, I heard about C.P. Snow and his ideas on Two Cultures. I didn’t read his material, but I agreed with his ideas of science versus non-science ways of viewing the world and as areas of scholarship. Although I had been sort of brainwashed by my mathematician father during my childhood to believe that Mathematics was not only the queen of the sciences but the queen of intellectualism, I was gradually coming to accept the idea that in every academic discipline there are a great many very smart people.

Recently I read C.P. Snow’s famous lecture (about 30 pages in length):

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