Knowledge Building can take place in any educational setting:  classrooms, alternative

education, after-school programs, juvenile offenders facilities, churches, international

and virtual schools, etc. In small group settings utilizing knowledge-building pedagogical

methodologies, students exchange ideas regarding the problems they study and formulate

theories on innovative solutions, guided by the teacher for discourse around the issues.

When coupled with Knowledge Forum, an electronic workspace able to accommodate a

limitless number of student participation at any time, students exchange notes and create

multi-media presentations to demonstrate how they have gained mastery of the subject

being explored. Students can also be partnered with their peers in other classrooms in

other cities, states or countries, to transform studies into global learning experiences.

This experiential learning helps students acquire competencies they need for real-world

success. These are the 4Cs of future education available today -  critical thinking,

collaboration, communication and creativity in line with those advocated by international

organizations such as UNESCO for technology literacy, knowledge deepening and

knowledge creation, and OECD for innovative schooling that re-imagines education for

what is taught and how it is taught. The skills acquired during the knowledge-building

process will carry them through the education continuum and into the workforce or prepare

them for college readiness. 

By accessing ​authoritative resources that complement their textbooks, which are usually

outdated, students enhance the content needed for the particular course of study, whether it

be biology, history, civics, geography, physical education and sports, economics, earth science - 

really any topic they are studying in school. They watch video presentations through TedTalks, 

You Tubeand Vimeo to learn from the experts, and they form important relationships with their

peers in other cities and countries throughout the world when their classrooms and teachers

are partnered through the Knowledge Building in Action Community of Practice.   

Join the Knowledge-Building Movement!  Here are some examples of successful projects:  ​

The Alternative Learning and

Teaching Ecosystem - ALT

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning

Knowledge Building around the 21st Century

workforce, the skills demanded by employers,

bridging what is learned in post-secondary 

education and the labor market, and creating entrepreneurial endeavors as a revenue stream

for unemployed, underemployed and NEETs.

Project-Based Learning

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Project-Based Learning

Contact us:

Partnering Classrooms Worldwide!

Contact us if you would like to join the

Knowledge Building International Project:

A culture of inquiry and evidence to unlock critical thinking

and creativity based on an exchange of ideas, research

around common themes and scaffolding using the scientific

is the formula we use for phenomenon learning in primary and

secondary education. Add the availability of education technology

in the form of an electronic workspace platform, assessment tools

to verify improved learning outcomes and communities of practice

for educators to network with each other, and the knowledge-building

ecosystem is complete for deployment in K-12 classrooms across

the globe. 

Project-Based Learning

Causal learning around diabetes, its prevention

and control of symptoms in curricula for K-12


Causal learning to explore the relationships between

nutrition and good health through the establishment​

of organic gardens, healthy eating, and exercise 

Networked Classrooms


Supporting the most effective

mechanisms for

experiential learning

Studies around services and products where ICTs

and IoT can improve efficiency, sustainability and

the welfare of residents, support open government

and enhance the engagement in active citizenship.  

Digital Badges Initiative.

Tel: +1 (305) 351-6815 


Join in the Conversation

Knowledge Building to develop skills relevant

for the world of work (digital literacy, active citizenship,

critical thinking, problem solving , etc.) under the

umbrella of 21st century skills while identifying

sustainable employment possibilities and broaden

the career guidance available to unemployed

young people.

Bundles technology, pedagogical methodologies, teacher training and

assessment tools to transform the K-12 U.S. classroom for:

          Computer-supported Collaborative Learning around topics that

leads to subject mastery;

          21st Century Skills that employers seek, including critical thinking,

collaboration, communication and creativity - the 4Cs of Future Education

          Adherence to standards set forth by UNESCO, OECD and the World

Federation of Associations for Teacher Education to rethink teaching in

21st Century Education

          Formative and summative assessment tools that verify improved

learning outcomes in throughout the K-12 education continuum.

Constructivism pedagogy in which learners are seen

as active knowledge builders and information is

seen as being constructed as a result of problem-solving

Project-Based Learning

Methodologies  / Assessments


Applying knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems

and situations toward developing innovative solutions

Deployment of education technology and innovative assessment methods that support and

inform instruction provides accurate information about what students know and can do, and

measures student achievement to bridge gender and achievement gaps to prepare students

for college readiness. In a knowledge-building classroom, students approach problems from an

interdisciplinary perspective with the teacher facilitating their inquiries as a mentor and coach. 

Whether a broad subject like water and its applications to a more narrow subject like healthy

living in a large urban area, students engage in collaborative learning and an exchange of ideas

toward solving problems through deep learning and understanding the subject matter's place in

their own lives. This experiential learning process, also referred to as Phenomenon or

Project-Based Learning, serves as the basis for developing skills through practice and reflection

while supporting the construction of new understandings when placed in novel situations.

By engaging in guided, authentic, real-world learning, students deepen their knowledge through

progressionof knowledge-building principles and methodologies. Teachers are trained as

facilitators of knowledge rather than dispensers of pre-determined content, and take an inter-

disciplinary approach to teaching. Consider the example of studying water as a common topic

in the phenomenon learning taking place in knowledge-building classrooms: 


This process includes the integration of:
          knowledge—the concepts, facts, and information acquired through formal learning and

          past experience;
          activity—the application of knowledge to a “real world” setting; and
          reflection—the analysis and synthesis of knowledge and activity to create new knowledge

Knowledge-building pedagogy prompts students to apply the scientific method and use scaffolding to progress

through the learning experience. When students are engaged in these types of inquiry of proposing theories,

defending those theories and reworking the theory with input from their classmates and the research they are

doing, they see the relevance of what they are studying to their own lives. They have increased motivation

to learn, practice and give feedback. Because Knowledge Building requires the participation and input from

​all members of a learning community (the classroom), every student is engaged in learning.

Experiential learning creates self-directed learners. When confronted with unfamiliar situations and tasks

in a real-world context, students need to figure out what they know - and what they do not know and how

to learn it.  This requires a reflection on prior knowledge, where they can then transfer their previous learning

to new contexts, master new concepts, principles and skills, and be able to articulate how they developed this

mastery.  Ultimately, these skills create students who become self-directed life-long learners, being able to apply

what they learn to their own lives. 

During the learning process, teachers become facilitators of inquiry rather than dispensers of pre-determined

content. This means that they are not standing in front of the class but rather circulate amongst the small

group learningclusters in the classroom so they can monitor the learning taking place and can answer

questions students may have about the subjectmatter they are studying.  Teachers can pose problems,

set boundaries, provide suitableresource, ensure physical and emotional safety, and facilitate the learning

process. They are able to recognize and encourage spontaneous opportunities for learning, engagement

with challenging situations, experimentation and discovery of solutions and help their students notice the

connections between one context and another as well as between theory and the experience.

​Knowledge Building has been proven effective in promoting improved student learning outcomes, is scalable

and above all affordable. Knowledge Building in Action can facilitate any school wanting to implement experiential

learning in their K-12 classrooms, after-school programming and other learning environments. This includes

training on the Knowledge Forum and partnering teachers and classrooms around the globe

Contact us in the United States at +1 (305) 351-6815, Email:  Hablamos español /

On parle français





Around Ideas - a source of economic growth in  

The Knowledge Age 



Knowledge Building in Action - KBIA


Education Technology

Community of Practice for 

Teachers, Principals & Staff


Creating Capacity

for Innovation


Innovative Schooling


Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Challenges
             With Real-World Problem-Solving Skills .

The 4Cs of Future Education Now
Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity 

Information & Communication

​Technology Competency

​Framework for Teaching


EYE - E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs