This IAE Blog entry was written late in December of 2019, and then expanded and republished on 1/4/2020.
I (David Moursund) am currently at the 2019 International Society for Technology in Education 40th anniversary conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I founded ISTE in 1979, and now I am being honored as ISTE’s founder.
The title of a recent article by Cassie Walker Burke caught my eye: Three Out of Four Illinois Kids Aren’t Ready for Kindergarten. Why That’s a Problem (Burke, 8/13/2018).
Here is a key quote from the article:
I was recently corresponding with one of my long-time math education friends, and I decided to formulate a math education question that I thought would be fun to discuss. This IAE Blog entry is based on the question I asked my friend:
When you look back over your long career in math education, what changes have you seen in math education that you feel have been particularly successful (good) and particularly unsuccessful (not-good)? (Moursund, 2018b).
I was one of the founders of the Math Learning Center (MLC) and have served on its Board of Directors since this 501(c)(3) organization started 40 years ago. During these 40 years, I have advocated for increased use of calculators and computers in math education. Several hundred of my math education and computer education publications are available free online (IAE, 2017). Three of my more widely read math education articles are (Moursund, 2017a; Moursund, 2017b; and Moursund, 2017c).
One of my contributions to the MLC was getting it started in developing some online Math Manipulatives programs (Moursund, 4/19/2013). A catalog of the MLC’s current collection of 11 free online math manipulatives is available (MLC, 2017).