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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.

Old and New Math Manipulatives: A Paradigm Shift

Quoting from National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (n.d.):

Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual [computer-based] learning environments to address the same goals.

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Algebra 1 as a Remedial College Math Course

 In the United States, the most widely implemented secondary school math programs require students to take Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Thus, most students who graduate from high school and go on to college have passed these courses.

In college, students typically are required to take a math placement exam. The purpose of the exam is to determine what beginning college math course(s) the student is qualified to take.

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Free Math Manipulative Apps from the Math Learning Center

The non-profit Math Learning Center (MLC) provides a number of goods and services to support the preK-8 math curriculum and teacher education. It has developed a K-5 math curriculum, Bridges, that makes considerable use of math manipulatives and has a strong emphasis on problem solving and learning for understanding. Another MLC product, Number Corner, is designed as supplemental enrichment for daily use in an elementary school classroom. It engages students in whole-class activities using numbers and arithmetic to deal with problems that are part of their everyday lives. The MLC offers workshops and courses on the use of its materials.

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Free Math Education Materials from Information Age Education

This IAE Blog entry provides an introduction to the following IAE-pedia document:

Moursund, D. (2012). Free Math Education Materials. Retrieved 10/26/2012 from http://iae-pedia.org/Free_Math_Education_Materials.

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Research-based Content and Pedagogy in Math Education

The development of the first electronic digital computers was strongly motivated by the computationally-oriented military needs during World War II. For example, artillery-firing tables needed to be calculated for each new batch of artillery shells, and extensive computation was used in attempts to crack coded messages.

During my mathematics doctoral program, I learned to program computers and to use computers to help solve a wide range of math problems. My specialization was in numerical analysis. Numerical analysis was changing rapidly from using electric calculators to using computers as an aid to solving equations and other types of math problems involving massive amounts of calculation.

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