Information Age Education Blog
IAE 2021 Is Set to Break the 19 Million Hits Mark!
I begin each January with a count of the number of hits on the key sectors of the IAE website during the past year. The grand total on January 1, 2021, was approximately 18,900,000. WOW!
About 4,240,000 of the total hits were from the IAE Blog. This total went up about 150,000 hits during the year despite the fact that I became so engrossed in writing two new books that I did not write as many new blog entries as intended. So, my New Year’s Resolution is to publish more frequent additions to the IAE Blog.
Computer Cultural Literacy for Educators is the first of these new books, and now is available in both English and Spanish. I am pleased that these two versions already have had a combined total of more than 9,000 downloads. The new book that I plan to complete in 2021 is introduced as an IAE Newsletter series in the ad below, ICTing and Mathing Across the History Curriculum.
So this first IAE Blog for 2021 is being written as an ad in celebration and publicity of the IAE website. I hope you will help IAE by distributing the ad widely to colleagues, friends, and students. The focus on some of the most popular IAE publications helps to summarize what IAE has been accomplishing. Future blog entries will be designed to provide you with information that I hope will be useful in improving your own education and the education of those you interact with.
This also brings each of you my best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Information Age Education (IAE)
Introducing a plethora of free educational materials from IAE
Information Age Education (IAE) is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 by David Moursund, University of Oregon Professor Emeritus and the founder of ISTE (https://www.iste.org/). IAE’s goal is:
To improve the informal and formal education of people of all ages throughout the world.
All IAE publications are free, include free copying permission, and are free of ads.
By the end of 2020, IAE publications listed here had received a total of more than 18,890,000 hits. [http://iae-pedia.org/index.php?title=Special:PopularPages&limit=250&offset=0]
IAE-pedia. Currently 291 articles [http://iae-pedia.org/index.php?title=Special:PopularPages&limit=250&offset=0]
IAE Newsletter. Currently 296 newsletters [https://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.html]
IAE Blog. Currently 435 entries [https://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.html]
IAE books. Currently 70+ books [http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund_Books and http://iae-pedia.org/Robert_Albrecht#Free_Books_by_Bob_Albrecht]
AGATE is IAE’s “Parent” non-profit company, Advancement of Globally Appropriate Technology and Education (AGATE). The website includes a number of Spanish translations of IAE publications. [http://agate.solutions/]
David Moursund’s Newest Free Book: Computer Cultural Literacy for Educators (2020)
Computer Cultural Literacy for Educators introduces a large number of computer-related facts, dates, people, software (computer programs), hardware (physical machines and devices), and concepts that have become integral to our culture. The goal of this short book is to help its readers to expand their own computer cultural literacy. The Spanish version is Alfabetización Informática Cultural para Educadores.
This 43-page book is available free in English and Spanish. [http://iae-pedia.org/Cultural_Computer_Literacy_for_Educators] and [http://iae-pedia.org/Alfabetizaci%C3%B3n_Inform%C3%A1tica_Cultural_para_Educadores]
Part 1 introduces about 40 names selected from the huge number of people who have contributed to the development and use of electronic digital computers, and to the field of computers in education.
Part 2 is a list of about 190 words and terms that frequently are used in communication about computers and their uses, including hardware, software, publications, and a number of other important computer-related ideas. For many of the terms on the list, there are links to related information, including people who made major contributions to the development of these ideas.
Three of IAE’s most popular free books
The Fourth R (second edition) (2018) [http://iae-pedia.org/The_Fourth_R_(Second_Edition)]
The 4th R of Reasoning/computational thinking makes combined use of the human brain and the computer brain to answer questions, represent and solve problems, and accomplish tasks. The book presents strong arguments for the full integration of the 4th R into the entire PreK-12 curriculum, and offers suggestions for accomplishing this task. La Cuarta R is the Spanish version available at http://iae-pedia.org/La_Cuarta_R_(Segunda_Edici%C3%B3n.The English and Spanish versions have had a combined total of more than 125,000 hits.
Brain Science for Educators and Parents (2015) [http://iae-pedia.org/Brain_Science]
There are brief introductions to a wide range of topics relevant to K-12 teachers and their students, teachers of preservice and inservice teachers, and parents. Includes an annotated list of about 50 related videos.
Learning Problem-solving Strategies Through the Use of Games: A Guide for Teachers and Parents (2016) [https://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/279-learning-problem-solving-strategies-through-the-use-of-games-a-guide-for-teachers-and-parents-1.html]
The book includes a number of activities for preservice and inservice teachers, and additional activities for use with K-12 students.
Some recent IAE Newsletter series
There currently are 296 IAE Newsletters [https://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.html]. Many of the 2020 newsletters focused on content now available in Computer Cultural Literacy for Educators mentioned above, and on content to be included in ICTing and Mathing Across the History Curriculum, another new free book that will be published online in a couple of months. In addition, I have just started writing a short series on the topic of artificial Intelligence in education.
ICTing and Mathing Across the History Curriculum (an intermittent ongoing series throughout 2020)
Thinking About the Future of Education (a new series beginning in November 2020)
Some popular IAE-pedia documents [http://iae-pedia.org/index.php?title=Special:PopularPages]
Good Math Lesson Plans
Good PBL Lesson Plans (Problem Based Learning)
History of Computers in Education
Moursund’s Collection of Education-related Quotations
What the Future is Bringing Us (2007-2020 annual forecasts)Women and ICT
Some popular IAE books [https://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund.html]
Creating an Appropriate 21st Century Education
Education for Students’ Futures
Joy of Learning
Math Methods for Elementary Teachers
Using Brain/Mind Science & Computers to Improve Elementary School Education
Some popular IAE Blogs [https://i-a-e.org/iae-blog.html]
Forecasting Possible Futures of Education (June 9, 2019)
Big Brother’s Growing Capability to Listen to and Censor You (August 22, 2018)
Desirable Job Skills (June 15, 2018)
Dr. David Moursund is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon.
Dr. Moursund the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in 1979, and served as ISTE’s executive officer for 19 years. He was the founder and editor of ISTE’s journal, Learning and Leading with Technology (now Empowered Learner). He retired from ISTE in 2001.
Dr. Moursund founded Information Age Education (IAE) in 2007 and is the creator and editor of the IAE website [http://iae-pedia.org/Main_Page]. By the end of 2020, the IAE publications had received more than 18,900,000 hits. Moursund also is the founder and CEO of the 501(c)(3) corporation Advancement of Globally Appropriate Technology and Education (AGATE) which owns IAE [http://agate.solutions/].
During his university career, Dr. Moursund was the major professor or co-major professor for 82 doctoral students. Six were in Mathematics and 76 were in a new doctoral program for Computers in Education that he established at the University of Oregon in the early 1970s. This was the first doctorate in Computers in Education.
He has authored or co-authored more than 60 academic books and hundreds of articles. Many of these books and articles are available free on the IAE website [http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund].
What You Can Do
IAE depends mainly on word-of-mouth advertising by the people who read its free materials. So, if you find that our publications are useful to you, please recommend them to your colleagues, students, friends, and others. Right now, the number of subscribers to this blog is not nearly as large as I would like. Please help it grow!
In past years, I have failed to count the hits that have been occurring on the Technology in Education. A few days ago I spent time looking at these editorials and adding up the hits since they have received in recent years. They brought the total hit count for IAE by the end of 202 to over 19 million.
I enjoyed rereading some of these documents, and I think that you will find some to be quite forward looking. See http://iae-pedia.org/David_Moursund_Editorials.