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2016 Was a Great Year for IAE
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
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
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 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
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
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
℅ Sonia Moursund
2375 Carriage Avenue
Richland, Washington 99352
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:
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
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.
Moursund is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University
of Oregon, and editor of the IAE
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.
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