From this webpage you can download the original December 2016 edition of The Fourth R. A description of that book is given below. The Fourth R (Second Edition) is now available.
The Fourth R (Second Edition) was published in July 2018. It covers the entire content of the first edition, and about 30% more. All of the references have been brought up to date. A new chapter on “Learning to Do and Doing to Learn” and a new appendix on “Thoughts About a Modern Mathematics Education” have been added.
Read The Fourth R (Second Edition) online at http://iae-pedia.org/The_Fourth_R_(Second_Edition) . Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/307-the-fourth-r-second-edition.html. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/308-the-fourth-r-second-edition-1.html.
Description of the first edition:
This short book is about adding the 4th R of Reasoning/Computational Thinking to the traditional 3Rs of Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. Reasoning/Computational Thinking makes use of one’s brain and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)–especially Artificial Intelligence–to represent and solve problems. Like Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic, the 4th R is both a discipline of study and an aid to representing and solving problems throughout the curriculum.
The book’s intended audience is preservice and inservice teachers at the PreK-12 levels, as well as all people interested in improving education at these levels. The emphasis is on defining and securing widespread acceptance of a 4th R in the traditional list of ‘Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. My recommendation is that this 4th R should be thoroughly integrated into the traditional 3Rs and throughout the curriculum.