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.

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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Improving Brain Health

Research in Brain Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) has been making great strides in recent years. We now know a lot more about brain plasticity, memory, learning, concussions, Alzheimer’s, sleep, dyslexia, ADHD, and a host of other aspects of brain functioning. I enjoy reading about this research progress and the efforts to translate the research into improvements in the everyday lives of all people.

I am particularly interested in improving education. So, I keep asking myself, “What have we learned from brain science that makes a significant difference in the quality of education being received by students of all ages and throughout the world?”

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Virtual Reality in the Science Lab

“The medium is the message.” (Herbert Marshall McLuhan; Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual; 1911-1980.)

"If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking." (Richard Buckminster Fuller; American engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist; 1895-1983.)

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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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Building a Personal Library for Children

Recently I bought a Kindle Fire tablet computer  on a special sale for about $40. (Currently it retails for about $50.) What a bargain! I have a large, personal library on my Kindle.

Wouldn’t be nice if a parent or teacher could go to one or a very few websites and find many thousands of free books they could download to build a personal library for their children and students? Significant progress has occurred in this endeavor. My 5/11/2016 Google search of the expression free downloadable children's books online produced over 13 million results. While it requires Web connectivity to download such books, once they are downloaded they can be read without connectivity.

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New Games Book by Bob Albrecht— Play Together, Learn Together : Roll, Pick, and Add Dice Games

Watch a first grade student playing a game that involves rolling dice. Probably you can look at the outcome of rolling a pair of dice and immediately say the total. The first grader may need to carefully count one die and then keep going with the second. The transition to the level of expertise you have comes from practice. People who advocate use of games in math education want the practice to be fun and to include additional learning activities.

For example, suppose only one die is rolled, and it comes out 4. Is it likely that, when a second die is rolled and added to the first, the total will be 11 or higher? (This is a tricky question—you want to challenge the child.) That is certainly a challenging question to most first graders. Answering it takes some understanding of the number line and some practice at doing mental arithmetic.

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IQ Testing

What’s your Intelligence Quotient (IQ)? Has knowing—or not knowing—this number made any difference in your life?

Likely you have taken several IQ tests during your lifetime. Perhaps you have not made any particular decisions based on your IQ, but maybe others have. For example, maybe your IQ was measured while you were in elementary school and the resulting number was used to decide whether you were eligible to be in a Talented and Gifted program or a Special Education program.

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An Education Future Scenario Written in 2004

Recently I was browsing some of my “older” writings and I came across a paper, Me–A Course of Study, that I wrote nearly 12 years ago (Moursund, November, 2004). It represented some of my guesses and hopes for what our educational system would look like in 2014.

The paper is a scenario—a view of education as seen through the eyes of a student just about to graduate from high school in 2014. The scenario presents a number of potential educational improvements that I thought would be well integrated into our educational system over the coming decade (2004-2014). The student intends to go to college and become a teacher.

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What You [and Others] Can Do

I recently published an IAE-pedia document titled, What You Can Do (Moursund, 2016). The title comes from the What You Can Do section found in each of the hundreds of IAE Blogs that I have written.

The essence of this new document is summarized by two quotations at the beginning:

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