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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.

Learning Is Tied to the Situation in Which it Occurs and to Intrinsic Motivation

Situated learning is one of many different learning theories. In brief summary, it says that much learning is quite specific to the situation (activity, context, culture, environment) in which it occurs. See http://www.learning-theories.com/situated-learning-theory-lave.html. Quoting from  http://tip.psychology.org/lave.html:

Other researchers have further developed the theory of situated learning. Brown, Collins & Duguid (1989) emphasize the idea of cognitive apprenticeship: "Cognitive apprenticeship supports learning in a domain by enabling students to acquire, develop and use cognitive tools in authentic domain activity. Learning, both outside and inside school, advances through collaborative social interaction and the social construction of knowledge." Brown et al. also emphasize the need for a new epistemology for learning -- one that emphasizes active perception over concepts and representation. Suchman (1988) explores the situated learning framework in the context of artificial intelligence.

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Make It and Use It—An Approach to Improving Schools

I have just finished reading the following short article on a way to improve our schools:

Frauenfelder, M. (October, 2010). School for Hackers. The Atlantic. Retrieved 9/20/2010 from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/school-for-hackers/8218.

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Pithy Quotes Can be Considered as Very Short Stories

I think of a pithy quote as a very short story. Such a short story can capture an important idea in a very few words, and such quotes tend to remain "fresh" over many years—and even over the centuries.

I have created two personal collections of such quotes for the IAE-pedia. See my general quotes at http://iae-pedia.org/Quotations_Collected_by_David_Moursund and my math education quotes at http://iae-pedia.org/Math_Education_Quotations. [These collections were revised and updated in March 2013.]

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Detailed Syllabus for a Grades 1-8 Teacher Education Course on Math Maturity

Last spring I taught a distance education graduate course titled “Increasing the Math Maturity of K-8 Students and Their Teachers.” The course was sponsored by the PrISM Oregon (Preparation for Instruction of Science & Math) project funded by FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education).

Recently I "cleaned up" the detailed syllabus for that course, checked all of the links, and added an Appendix as a non-required supplemental reading. The syllabus is available at http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/201-extended-syllabus-for-prism-course.html.

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