Information Age Education Blog
2018 was a Good Year for the IAE Blog
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” (Aristotle; Greek philosopher; 384 BC–322 BC.)
I published the first Information Age Education blog entry on August 10, 2010. There are now 422 entries in this collection (Moursund, IAE Blog, link). By the end of 2018, this blog series had accumulated than 3.8 million page-views. It had more than 250,000 page-views in 2018.
I recently browsed the IAE Blog collection. This provided me with considerable information about what has been going on in the field of computers in education during the past eight years. I had a chance to mentally review some of the ups and downs in this field. All in all, I am very pleased that the field of computers in education is continuing to make rapid progress.
When you think about the past eight years, what progress do you see in this field? In your opinion, are schools and schooling becoming better through the use of computers/Information and Communication Technology (ICT)?
I personally believe this field is just emerging from its infancy, and that by far the best is yet to come.
Perhaps our worldwide progress in teaching reading and writing will provide you with some insight into the challenges in education. Remember that reading and writing were developed nearly 5,500 years ago. We have now reached a stage where about 87% of the world’s people ages 16 or over are literate (Wikipedia, 2918b, link). That is an amazing statistic, but we still have a good long way to go.
Part of the literacy problem is the actual level of reading attainment. For example, according to the Wikipedia, the average American adult reads at about the 7th or 8th grade level (Wikipedia, 2018c, link). This is despite the fact that, for adults ages 25 and over, nearly 90% have a high school diploma or GED, and about 40% of adults ages 25 and over have at least an associate degree or higher college education (Wikipedia, 2018a, link).
One of the seldomly stressed facts of ICT progress in schools is that hundreds of millions of students throughout the world now have access to Google and other search engines. Vast numbers of documents, video and audio recordings, aids to solving problems, and instructional materials are available. To take full advantage of this vast library, students need to have good skills in using interactive multimedia content. Especially, it is very important that they have the knowledge and skills to learn from and effectively use the materials that are so readily available.
If you like to speculate about the future, try to imagine how computers will be impacting schools a mere 100 years from now! (This is, of course, assuming we will still have precollege institutions of learning that have a school-like nature. Many science fiction writers like to speculate about this.)
New Year’s Resolutions
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to add more blog entries this year than I did last year. The intent is that these will be shorter than the average for past years, but will continue to be very useful to my readers.
Another New Year’s Resolution is to continue to be diligent in sharing my ideas with the readers I reach through all of the Information Age Education publications and my other interactions with people (Moursund, Information Age Education, link ). I feel good about what I have been doing in this IAE project because I believe I am making a significant and continuing contribution to the education of people throughout the world. In total, IAE had about 1.7 million hits this past year!
What You Can Do
Keep in mind that you are a lifelong learner and a lifelong teacher. Every interaction you have with another person is both a learning and a teaching experience.
Reread the quote from Aristotle at the beginning of this IAE Blog. Examine your own habits of mind. Perhaps you will want to make a New Year’s Resolution to improve on and/or to pursue with more diligence some habits of mind that you believe help to make you a better person, both in your own eyes and in the eyes of other. And, how about your level of knowledge and skill in the ICT area? Most of us are having a hard time keeping up!
References and Resources
Moursund, D. (2010-2019). IAE Blog. Retrieved 1/3/2019 from https://i-a-e.org/iae-blog.html.
Moursund, D. (2007-2019). Information Age Education. Retrieved 1/3/2019 from http://iae-pedia.org/Main_Page.
Wikipedia (2018a). Educational attainment in the United States. Retrieved 1/4/2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_attainment_in_the_United_States.
Wikipedia (2018b). List of countries by literacy rate. Retrieved 1/3/2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate.
Wikipedia (2018c). Literacy in the United States. Retrieved 1/4/2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy_in_the_United_States.