IAE Blog

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.

21st Century Skills

We each have our own opinions as to what schools are doing and/or should be doing to prepare students for their 21st century adult lives. My recent Web search of the expression 21st century skills returned more than 19 million hits.


The articles I browsed tended to present an author’s opinion of what constitutes the important 21st century knowledge and skills. Many articles talk about goals of precollege education, such as preparing students for careers and further education. Others recognize that education has broader goals than these practical one. See my list of educational goals at http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/general-educational-goals-in-the-united-states.html.

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Keith Devlin’s Thoughts About MOOCs

Keith Devlin is a mathematician and math educator. I first encountered his work when I read his book, The Math Gene (2000). Keith Devlin is the Executive Director of the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR) at Stanford University and The Math Guy on NPR's Weekend Edition. He writes Devlin's Angle, a monthly column sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.


Devlin teaches at Stanford University, the home of the first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). He has twice taught such a course, Introduction to Mathematical Thinking—most recently in fall 2012. He blogs about this activity at http://mooctalk.org/.

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