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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.

Educational Computer Games

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Today’s children have grown up routinely viewing computer-generated video and playing computer games. The state of the art in computer graphics includes animated animals and people who are indistinguishable from the “real things.” In recent years, there has been considerable progress in the development of research-based computer games for use in education (Moursund, 2016).

Many companies are developing computer simulations and other computer materials designed to help learners learn. I use the term Highly Interactive Intelligent Computer-assisted Learning (HIICAL) in discussing this type of instructional materials (Moursund, 2002). Quoting from this 15-year old article:

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In Terms of Vacuum Tube Dollars, Likely You Are a Billionaire

Most days I spend quite a bit of time browsing educational and technical websites. Today, this led me to reading about the early history of transistor radios and transistors.

The transistor was invented in 1947. In many electronic circuits such as in a radio, a transistor could be used in place of a vacuum tube (Wikipedia, n.d.a). The transistor is smaller, much more rugged, has a much longer expected life, and uses much less electric power.

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Reading and Writing in Today’s World

Written language was invented more than 5,000 years ago. Reading and writing certainly changed the world. Taken together, they facilitate the accumulation and distribution of information. Paraphrasing Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and many other researchers, “I have been able to do the work I have done because I have stood on the shoulders of the researchers who have come before me.”

The process of writing does more than just record information stored in the writer’s head. It facilitates the writer in organizing and recording the information so that it both represents the information more clearly, and that it communicates effectively with potential readers. Most good writers find it is very necessary to revise, revise, and still do more revision as they try to clearly communicate their ideas.

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Education for the Future: A Special Message for Teachers

Education serves many purposes. In much of my writing, I combine these purposes into the following short statement:

I believe that the overall and unifying goal of learning (via a lifetime of informal and formal education) is to develop and maintain cognitive, moral, physical, and spiritual knowledge and skills that help learners to solve or in other ways to cope with the problems they encounter.

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The National Academies Report on Science Education

The National Academies Press is an exceedingly good source of free books and reports about a very wide range of science and engineering topics (Moursund, 2016b). This IAE Blog discusses a recent report, Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom (Beatty & Schweingruber, 2017).

The following quote describes the book:

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Vinton Cerf, Information and Communications Technology Pioneer

Vinton. G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. He served as the Association for Computer Technology (ACM) president from 2012–2014. Quoting from the Wikipedia:

Vinton Gray Cerf (born June 23, 1943) is an American Internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with TCP/IP co-inventor Bob Kahn. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards that include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Marconi Prize, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

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Some Costs of Polluted Environments

Each of us has our own thoughts about what we individually, non-profit and for-profit companies, our community, our state, our nation, and the world should do to help address worldwide problems such as air pollution, hunger, disease, and homelessness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently released a report on the extent to which air pollution is harming children under age five (WHO, 3/6/2017). Quoting from the report:

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Two Historically Important Math Educators

Since you are reading this short article, I assume that you are involved with and/or interested in math education. Can you name some of the people who have made important contributions to this area?

This Information Age Education Blog entry names two of my favorites, George Polya and Seymour Papert.

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A High School for Fully Personalized Learning

I have long been interested in Project-based Learning (PBL). The References and Resources section of this IAE Blog includes links to some of my writing in this area.

Thus, I was interested when I read the article, Vista High Prepares to Create School of the Future (Brennan, 12/27/2016). Quoting from the article:

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Student Homelessness in the United States

David Moursund
Professor Emeritus, College of Education
University of Oregon

Student homelessness in the United States is a major problem. In the 2013-2014 school year, approximately 1.3 million students were classified as homeless for some part of the school year (Layton & Brown, 9/14/2015). The eight-minute video, Fighting Student Homelessness (Stark 2/17/2017) tells about student homelessness in a Kansas school district.

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