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.

Some Shocking U.S. Financial News

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” (Attributed to Benjamin Franklin; one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, author, printer, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, statesman, and diplomat; 1706-1790).

Every once in a while I encounter a news item about personal finances of people in the United States. This IAE Blog entry briefly discusses two recent examples.

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Brain Plasticity

“So, how do we learn? And, why do some of us learn things more easily than others?” These are two questions that Lara Boyd asks at the beginning of her TEDx Talk (Boyd, 12/15/2015). Her answers are based on her knowledge of brain plasticity and other aspects of cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Boyd holds the University of British Columbia’s Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology and Motor Learning.

Quoting from the website:

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Neuroscience, Global Education, and World Cooperation on Problem Solving

Here is information about a global brain science conference that caught my attention:

Hyldgård, P. (6/30/2016). What are the hottest trends in neuroscience? ScienceNordic. Retrieved 6/30/2016 from http://sciencenordic.com/what-are-hottest-trends-neuroscience.

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Use of Letter Grades for Student School Performance

Recently it occurred to me to ask, “When did K-12 schools start using the grades A, B, C, D, and F to record and disseminate student achievement?” I asked a friend of mine whose first teaching experience was in a one-room school about 65 years ago where he had about 30 students spread over grades 1-8.

He told me that each term he was required to provide a brief written report about a student’s academic progress, deportment, and other relevant topics. This “report card” did not contain letter grades.

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Community Project for Improving Science Education

My 7/31/2014 IAE Blog entry was titled A Successful Community Project for Improving Science Education (Moursund, 7/31/2014). The project was started by two retired scientists, Robert Collins and Cal Allen, who happened to meet in Sisters, Oregon. Sisters is a farming and resort community located in the Cascade Mountain Range, and has a population of about 2,100.

I was amazed at the popularity of my blog entry about this science education project. To date, it has had over 24,000 hits.

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