Information Age Education
   Issue Number 202
January, 2017   

This free Information Age Education Newsletter is edited by Dave Moursund and produced by Ken Loge. The newsletter is one component of the Information Age Education (IAE) publications. All of the IAE materials are free and can be accessed at http://iae-pedia.org/Main_Page.

All back issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available online. In addition, six free books based on the newsletters are available: Validity and Credibility of Information; Education for Students’ Futures; Understanding and Mastering Complexity; Consciousness and Morality: Recent Research Developments; Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education; and Common Core State Standards for Education in America.

2016 Was a Great Year for IAE

David Moursund
Professor Emeritus, College of Education
University of Oregon

Since its beginning in August, 2007, the Information Age Education (IAE) websites have received about 11 million views. In this past year, the total exceeded 1.4 million.

I, personally, feel great satisfaction in these numbers. Indeed, I find them overwhelming. IAE is reaching enough people to make a significant contribution to education. I want to thank the many volunteers who helped in the writing, advertising, and distribution of these materials.

I particularly want to acknowledge the volunteer work done by Robert Sylwester. He died this past August after being co-editor of the IAE Newsletter and seven IAE books based on the newsletters. Details about Bob’s contributions to IAE and to the world of education are available in our co-authored book, The Joy of Learning (Sylwester & Moursund, January, 2017). That book is dedicated to Bob.

IAE is seeking additional volunteers—people who will help “spread the word” about the availability of its free educational materials, and people who will write for IAE. I would particularly like to have a number of volunteers who can write about education in countries outside of the United States. Details are provided near the end of this newsletter.

Background

I created Information Age Education shortly after completing my full retirement from the University of Oregon. The goal of IAE is to help improve informal and formal education at all levels and throughout the world. Certainly this is a lofty goal.

Fortunately, IAE has a number of helpers who have joined me in working toward this goal. I view every person as both a lifelong learner and a lifelong teacher. Every interaction between people is both a teaching and a learning experience for the people involved. In every personal thought, you are both learning from yourself and teaching yourself. For example, a child playing a computer game is involved in a self-education process.

So, here’s the plan. You have probably heard about the “degrees of separation” of people on earth. There is one degree of separation between you and your friends. Now, consider the friends of your friends. There are two degrees of separation between you and the friends of your friends.

It is estimated that there are about six or less degrees of separation between almost all pairs of people on earth. What this means is that, if IAE gets its message out to a reasonable number of people, and they convey the message to a number of their friends, and their friends convey the message to a number of their friends … a huge number of people can be reached!

This IAE Newsletter presents a brief report on the four major IAE components. It also contains some information about other IAE activities and what you can do to help spread the word.

The IAE-pedia

The IAE-pedia was started in August, 2007. It currently contains about 290 files. During 2016, a large number of files were updated, and a number of incomplete, old, and/or seldom visited files were deleted.

Visits in 2016: 1,051,417

Total visits since August, 2007: 7,326,559

Comment: This past year was the best year ever for the IAE-pedia. The gain can likely be attributed to the revision and update of many of the IAE-pedia documents, and the overwhelming success of the entry on Brain Science that was completely rewritten as a new book, Brain Science for Educators and Parents (Moursund, 2015). This revised entry with the new book had about 100,000 hits during the year. (This number is not counted in the total of book downloads for the year.)

The IAE Blog

The IAE Blog was started in August, 2010. It has more than 390 entries, including an occasional Guest Blog entry.

Visits in 2016: 270,485

Total visits since August, 2010: 3,422,228

Comment: Visits this past year were down significantly from the previous year. My guess is that IAE is experiencing more competition in the “short think piece” publication area. Or, perhaps more potential readers prefer reading what I might call “fluff.”

The IAE Books

IAE has been the initial publisher of a number of books and has also reprinted a number of books authored or co-authored by David Moursund and published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) before IAE was established. The following data is IAE download information for about 45 books written by, co-authored by, edited by, and/or co-edited by David Moursund, and a half-dozen written by others. Seven of the books were co-edited by Robert Sylwester, and are based on collections of IAE Newsletters. (See list at the beginning of this newsletter.)

Downloads in 2016: 71,484

Total downloads August, 2007, through 2016: 142,731

Robert Albrecht Books

Robert Albrecht is one of my close friends, a pioneer in the field of computers in education, and a major contributor to IAE’s work (Albrecht & Moursund, 2017). Bob and I wrote two books together, and data from them is included in the section given above. In addition, since 2011, Bob has written a dozen books published by IAE, and they have had a total of about 45,000 downloads (Albrecht, 2017).

The IAE Newsletter

The first IAE Newsletter was published in 2008. You are currently reading issue number 202 of this free twice-a-month publication. There currently are about 770 subscribers. A large number of authors have written newsletters for IAE, and I am always interested in hearing from potential new authors. As noted above, seven IAE books have been published based on the newsletters.

Creation of New Umbrella 501(C)(3) Corporation

The year 2016 saw the creation of a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation named AGATE (Advancement of Globally Appropriate Technology and Education). David Moursund is the Chief Executive Officer, Russell Moursund is the President, and Sonia Moursund is the Treasurer. AGATE was established both to help secure IAE's long-term future and to further other technology-related aspects of helping to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world. IAE is now part of AGATE.

Many other non-profit and for-profit organizations have goals somewhat similar to those of IAE/AGATE. The Wikipedia Corporation provides an excellent example. Our world has been changed by the major progress that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has made over the past few decades. And, the best is yet to come. Through the work of AGATE and others, the goal is to make appropriate information available in a timely fashion to those who can use it to improve the quality of their lives.

Through contributions from David Moursund and a number of other people, an Endowment Fund is being created. Contributions to help pay for AGATE’s continuing expenses and to build the Endowment Fund can be sent to:

AGATE
℅ Sonia Moursund
2375 Carriage Avenue
Richland, Washington 99352
USA

If you want to discuss contributions and other ways in which you and/or your organization can help to further the work of AGATE, please contact:

David Moursund
moursund@uoregon.edu
Phone 541-590-3276

Broadening IAE’s Reach

IAE has seen a gradually increasing number of readers from a variety of countries throughout the world. One of our goals for 2017 is to increase the amount of IAE materials that are written by people outside the United States. My belief is that readers throughout the world want to know about educational systems in other countries and what is being done to improve them. There is particular interest in how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is being used to improve education.

Therefore, IAE/AGATE is seeking volunteers who will serve as writers and/or editors for countries outside the United States. Writers will write materials to be published by IAE/AGATE, and editors will seek (and help) potential writers. Note that these are volunteer positions. IAE does not pay its authors, and IAE does not charge its authors to have their articles published.

IAE is interested in Guest IAE Blog entries, IAE Newsletter authors, and IAE-pedia submissions. We have a particular interest in receiving IAE-pedia documents that describe the precollege educational system in a country and discuss what is being done to improve that system. In particular, what role is Information and Communication Technology currently playing in the country’s educational system, and what are the plans for the near future?

What You Can Do

I believe that the educational systems of the world are beginning to be significantly impacted by Information and Communication Technology. I recently wrote an IAE Newsletter, Out with the Old, In with the New (Moursund, September, 2016). This newsletter is also the last chapter of the newest IAE book, The Joy of Learning (Sylwester & Moursund, January, 2017).

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it” is to educate yourself and help spread the word to others. (Do you remember the Mission Impossible TV series and movies?) Our world of informal and formal education faces a huge staff development challenge as we fully integrate ICT into all curriculum areas. Working together, we can all help to meet the challenge.

References and Resources

Albrecht, R. (2017). Free books by Bob Albrecht. Retrieved 1/4/2017 from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-bob-albrecht.html?limit=5&limitstart=0.

Albrecht, R., & Moursund, D. (2017). Albrecht’s IAE-pedia page. Retrieved 1/4/2017 from http://iae-pedia.org/Robert_Albrecht.

IAE (2017). IAE-pedia home page. Retrieved 1/3/2017 from http://iae-pedia.org/Main_Page.

IAE Blog (2007). Free online access to all IAE Blog entries. Retrieved 1/3/2017 from http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog.html.

IAE Books. IAE-published books for which David Moursund was an author, co-author, editor, or co-editor. Retrieved 1/3/2017 from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund.html.

Moursund, D. (September, 2016). Out with the old—In with the new. IAE Newsletter. Retrieved 1/7/2017 from http://i-a-e.org/newsletters/IAE-Newsletter-2016-194.html.

Moursund, D. (2015). Brain Science for Educators and Parents. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/270-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents.html. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/271-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents.html.

Sylwester, R., & Moursund, D., eds. (January, 2017). The Joy of Learning. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/292-the-joy-of-learning-1.html. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/291-the-joy-of-learning.html.

Author

David Moursund is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon, and editor of the IAE Newsletter. His professional career includes founding the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in 1979, serving as ISTE’s executive officer for 19 years, and establishing ISTE’s flagship publication, Learning and Leading with Technology. He was the major professor or co-major professor for 82 doctoral students. He has presented hundreds of professional talks and workshops. He has authored or coauthored more than 60 academic books and hundreds of articles. Many of these books are available free online. See http://iaepedia.org/David_Moursund_Books.

In 2007, Moursund founded Information Age Education (IAE). IAE provides free online educational materials via its IAE-pedia, IAE Newsletter, IAE Blog, and books. See http://iaepedia.org/Main_Page#IAE_in_a_Nutshell. Information Age Education is now fully integrated into the 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, Advancement of Globally Appropriate Technology and Education (AGATE) that was established in 2016. David Moursund is the President of AGATE.

Email: moursund@uoregon.edu.

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About Information Age Education, Inc.

Information Age Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education for learners of all ages throughout the world. Current IAE activities and free materials include the IAE-pedia at http://iae-pedia.org, a Website containing free books and articles at http://i-a-e.org/, a Blog at http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog.html, and the free newsletter you are now reading. See all back issues of the Blog at http://iae-pedia.org/IAE_Blog and all back issues of the Newsletter at http://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.html.