Ann Lathrop, guest author

Information Age Education works to improve the informal and
formal education of people of all ages throughout the world.

Information Age Education is 8 years old this month!
Dave Moursund is celebrating the event with family and friends here in his home on the Coast in Florence, Oregon, and also where it all began in Eugene, Oregon. You are invited to join the celebration with your comments and appreciation to Dave for all he has accomplished with the IAE website, including its pedia, blog, newsletters, and books (Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


IAE-pedia

The IAE-pedia uses the Media Wiki software, the same software as the Wikipedia. The first IAE-pedia article was Communicating in the Language of Mathematics, published online on August 2, 2007, at http://iae-pedia.org/Main_Page. To date this article has had 120,781 page views. The IAE-pedia has had over 5.8 million page views. The most frequently viewed entry is Good Math Lesson Plans, at http://iae-pedia.org/Good_Math_Lesson_Plans, with over 172,000 page views.

Dave is particularly proud of his newest book, Brain Science for Educators and Parents. It is available as an IAE-pedia document at http://iae-pedia.org/Brain_Science. You can also download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/271-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents-1/file.html and the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/270-brain-science-for-educators-and-parents/file.html.


IAE Blog

The first IAE Blog entry was Are High Schools Seriously Misleading Our Students? published online on August 22, 2010, at http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/entry/are-high-schools-seriously-misleading-our-students.html. The blog now contains 341 entries.


IAE Newsletter

The first IAE Newsletter was published in August, 2008, and featured three topics that Dave returns to frequently: What is the Information Age? Two brains are better one. Becoming more responsible for your own education. IAE Newsletter - Issue 1, August 2008.

Paraphrasing from the first issue:


[IAE is based on Dave’s belief that] every person is a lifelong learner and a lifelong teacher. The IAE Newsletter is specifically oriented toward educators, parents, and others who are seriously interested in improving the world’s education systems.


To date, 167 newsletters have been published, usually two per month. All back issues of the newsletter and subscription information are available at http://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.


IAE Books

IAE has published a number of books that it makes available free on the Web.


Forty-one of the 66 books that David Moursund has authored and/or co-authored are available at http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund_Books. The same site provides titles and publication information for the 25 books that are not available on the IAE website.


Five books based on IAE Newsletter series co-authored by David Moursund and Robert Sylwester are now free online: Education for Students’ Futures; Understanding and Mastering Complexity; Consciousness and Morality: Recent Research Developments; Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education; and Common Core State Standards for Education in America. Access them at http://iae-pedia.org/IAE_Newsletter.

Two of IAE’s books are co-authored by David Moursund and Robert Albrecht. These are available in the 41-book list given above, and also at http://iae-pedia.org/Robert_Albrecht#Free_Books_by_Bob_Albrecht. The latter site contains nine additional books written by Robert Albrecht.


Dave Moursund shares some thoughts about his writing

Over the years, as I taught a course I often had a strong inclination to write a book that fit the content that I believed should be in the course. This was at a time when computers were becoming more and more available and relevant to education.


Eventually I fell into a pattern of writing a book about any aspect of education that I became interested in. I would learn about the topic from a non-computer point of view, add my computer-oriented insights, and product a "modern" book.


Eight of my early books were published by "traditional" commercial publishers. In 1979, I founded the International Council for Computers in Education (ICCE) and began writing books to support its activities. In 1989, ICCE changed its name to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). A large number of my books were published through ICCE/ISTE.


Since my retirement, I continue my interest in writing by publishing in a variety of formats on the IAE website. (See more at http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund.)


Dave Moursund’s collections of quotations

“Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.” (Benjamin Franklin; American author, inventor, printer, statesman, and one of the founding fathers; 1706-1790.)

One hallmark of Dave’s writing is his frequent and effective use of quotations to set a tone or make a point. Here are ten of his favorites, taken from Quotations Collected by David Moursund and Math Education Quotations at http://iae-pedia.org/Quotations_Collected_by_David_Moursund and http://iae-pedia.org/Math_Education_Quotations. These quotes help to describe Dave’s philosophy of life.

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy, and sustainable human development.” (Kofi Annan; Ghanaian diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, winner of 2001 Peace Prize; 1938-.)


“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” (Winston Churchill; British statesman, Prime Minister, and historian; 1874-1965.)


“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (Arthur C. Clarke; British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist; 1917-2008.)


“The strongest memory is not as strong as the weakest ink.” (Confucius; Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese thought and life; 551 BC-479 BC.)


“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow." (John Dewey; American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer; 1859-1952.)


“When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course." (Peter Drucker; Austrian writer and management consultant, and self-described social ecologist; 1909-2005.)
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” (Albert Einstein; German-born theoretical physicist and 1921 Nobel Prize winner; 1879-1955.)


 You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi; Indian spiritual and political leader of India and the Indian independence movement; 1869-1948.)


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela; South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999; 1918-2013.)


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead; American cultural anthropologist; 1901-1978.)
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” (Isaac Newton; English mathematician and physicist; 1642-1726.)


“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future." (Franklin D. Roosevelt; 32nd President of the United States; 1882-1945.)
“Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” (United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, 1959.)

Happy Birthday to IAE and please share your comments!