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.

Research-based Uses of Technology to Improve Education

The MIT Review is one of my favorite sources of STEM information. This IAE Blog entry is based on an MIT Review article that discusses some of the difficulties encountered by Kentaro Toyama, a computer scientist and educator, as he attempted to use computer technology to improve India’s educational system (Bergstein, 4/15/2015). You can learn more about Toyama and his Microsoft-funded research in educational uses of technology by viewing his TEDx-Tokyo Talks (Toyama, 5/15/2010).

Since his 2010 presentation, Toyama has joined the world of academia and devoted his research and teaching efforts to help inspire more research on effective educational uses of computer technology. Toyama is now an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan.

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Science Knowledge Quiz

How do you rate yourself in terms of your general knowledge of science? Compared to other people, do you think you are below average, about average, or above average?

The Pew Research Center developed a list of a dozen multiple-choice science questions and used them with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults. The adults were surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 (Pew Research Center, 2015).

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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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Computerization of Jobs

The history of factory automation and mass production goes back long before the development of electronic digital computers. For example, quoting from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_production#History:

Crossbows made of bronze were mass-produced in China during the Warring States Period [in approximately 475 BC]. The Qin Emperor unified China at least in part by equipping large armies with these weapons, which were equipped with a sophisticated trigger mechanism made of interchangeable parts. Ships of war were mass-produced at a moderate cost by the Carthaginians in their excellent harbors, allowing them to efficiently maintain their control of the Mediterranean [in approximately 264 to 146 BC].… Mass production in the publishing industry has been commonplace since the Gutenberg Bible  was published using a printing press in the mid-15th century.

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