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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.

Good Learners

 I have read innumerable articles about how to improve teachers, teacher education, and our overall educational system. Many focus on what we should “do” to or for students to help them learn the required curriculum. Somewhat surprisingly, relatively few provide concrete advice on what constitutes a good learner and what both teachers and students can do to help students become better learners.

This is why I was pleased to encounter the following article:

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Education for the Future

One of the unifying goals of education is to help prepare students for their possible futures. To do this well, we must forecast likely futures and provide students with an education that will help them to thrive in these possible futures. We must also prepare students to adapt to unforeseen changes. Thus, forecasting the future is an important aspect of designing and implementing a good educational system.

IBM recently published its annual five-year forecast for technological changes. See:

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Attention

In recent weeks I have been revising and updating the IAE-pedia entry on Brain Science. This entry currently contains 29 sections, each dealing with a specific education topic in brain science. The brain science section on Attention is currently—and deservedly—receiving a lot of attention. This IAE Blog entry is based on the IAE-pedia Brain Science entry on Attention.

We all know what it means to “pay attention.” And those of us who know children certainly routinely see examples of children who are or are not paying attention to the needs/wants of their parents, childcare givers, teachers, and friends.

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Transfer of Learning

Transfer of learning is the process of a person making use of his or her learned knowledge and skills in new environments and in new problem-solving and task-accomplishing situations. Recently the IAE-pedia document on Transfer of Learning was substantially revised and updated. This IAE Blog entry provides a summary of an important part of the updated IAE-pedia document.

Here are three general categories or types of transfer of learning. This information is useful to teachers and their students.

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Three Math Education Conference Presentations

On October 18-19, 2013, I presented three talks at the Alberta Math Teachers Association Conference held in Edmonton, Alberta. The conference was very well designed and well run. I learned a great deal from the sessions I attended. This IAE Blog entry summarizes my presentations and some of my suggestions for improving math education. You will find Suggested Readings at the end of this IAE Blog entry.

My Keynote Address: Math Maturity

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A Personal Digital Filing Cabinet for Every Teacher

In the past couple of weeks, Information Age Education has made substantial progress in editing and updating its IAE-pedia. I believe the entry on Digital Filing Cabinets is one of the more important entries in the IAE-Pedia. See http://iae-pedia.org/Digital_Filing_Cabinet/Overview.

The idea is very simple. We now have quite good technology that makes it easy for each preservice and inservice teacher to accumulate a personal library of “good stuff.” I call such a collection a Personal Digital Filing Cabinet.

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Thinking and Acting Globally

 

I think of myself as a citizen of my local community (Eugene-Springfield), my county (Lane), my state (Oregon), my country (U.S.), and my world (Gaia). I am interested in how well “my” regions are doing, and what I can do to help improve the quality of life of the people in each of these regions. My approach is through helping to improve informal and formal education.

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Educating Students for Their Possible Futures

Our current informal and formal educational systems are firmly planted in the past and present. However, technological, research, and cultural advances are now occurring so rapidly that educational systems must change considerably to prepare students for the complexities of the various possible futures they'll live in. You can get a sense of some of these changes by browsing the IAE document What the Future is Bringing Us at http://iae-pedia.org/What_the_Future_is_Bringing_Us.

A New Series in the IAE Newsletter

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Setting and Achieving Personal Learning Goals

“If you don't know where you are going, you're likely to end up somewhere else.” (Lawrence J. Peter; American educator of “Peter's Principles” fame; 1919–1990.)

Personal Goals

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Stop Picking on Teachers

 

I am growing weary of all of the “blame it on the teachers” articles I encounter in the popular media. This IAE Blog entry suggests that if you are unhappy with the results of our current informal and formal educational systems, you can find many better scapegoats than our teachers.

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