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Dave Moursund To The Rescue Once Again

As mentioned in previous posts, the world of mathematics education is lucky because so many quality mathematics teachers share their neat ideas--at conferences, in journals, and on the internet. A prime example is David Moursund, University of Oregon, who is a recognized leader in both computer science education and mathematics education. For decades he has been sharing his ideas, his passions, his time, and his creativity. And, I remind you of his new (ad)venture.

The Information Age Education project, named IAE-pedia, is aimed at helping improve education for learners of all ages throughout world. The project is part of The Science Factory, a non-profit children's museum and planetarium in Eugene, OR.

The IAE-pedia is a free education-focused encyclopedia with several key "elements." The following list provides a brief overview, but you need to visit the IAE-pedia site to appreciate it:

  • Articles and discussions related to categories ranging from articial intelligence to project-based learning to learning issues to parental roles to educational foundations
  • Articles and discussions focused on mathematics, ranging from computational thinking to teaching mathematics to a general analysis of problem-solving and critical thinking to humor
  • Links to resources such as open-source libraries, data bases, software, videos, and museums
One important element is that each user has access to the IAE-pedia to the extent that they can add comments or contribute information. Thus, by developing shared ownership, the contribution of a wide network of educators incrases both the power of the IAE-pedia and the wealth of its resources.

An interesting new development within the IAE-pedia is the Digital Filing Cabinet, which basically is a "virtual" filing cabinet for the storage and retrieval of electronic digital materials. And, we all know that teachers are constantly collecting new resource materials for use in their teaching. So, the IAE-pedia provides a mechanism for the storing, retrieval, and sharing of digital versions of these materials. Dave wants you to get involved...which means to become an active user and contributor to this developing Digital Filing Cabinet.

Also, think about following his "new" year-long sequence of newsletters that focus on a combination of Cognitive Neuroscience and Computer Technology in Education. You can sign up for it at his IAE website. The series, starting October 15, looks both interesting and educational, possibly thought-provoking as claimed....given the list of scholars who will be exploring "various elements of the scientific/technological developments and cultural issues that will affect 21st century educational policy and practice."

Finally, I suggest you visit Dave Moursund's Home Page and his Blog Page, both of which contain tons of information. Plus, again through Dave's generosity, he has made copies of most of his books available as free downloads.

Thanks, Dave!