Education Technology

Community of Practice for 

Teachers, Principals & Staff

 

DIABETES PREVENTION

 

Information & Communication

​Technology Competency

​Framework for Teaching

 

PHENOMENON LEARNING

 

Creating Capacity

for Innovation

 

EYE - E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs

 

HEALTHY FAMILIES

 

SMART CITIES

 

Innovative Schooling

 

ARCHAEO SCHOOL FOR THE FUTURE

 

Around Ideas - a source of economic growth in  

The Knowledge Age 

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 


Knowledge Building in Action - KBIA


 

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

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Partnering Classrooms Worldwide!

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Knowledge Building International Project:

Project-Based Learning

Causal learning around diabetes, its prevention and control

of symptoms

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

Applying knowledge and conceptual understanding

to real-world problems and situations toward

innovative solutions

In a knowledge-building classroom, students approach problems from an interdisciplinary perspective

with the teacher facilitating their inquiries.  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 a

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

of knowledge rather than dispensers of pre-determined content, and take an interdisciplinary approach

to teaching. Consider the example of studying water as a common topic in the phenomenon learning

taking place in knowledge-building classrooms: 


Studies around services and products where ICTs and IoT can

improve efficiency, sustainability and the welfare of residents,

support open government and engage active citizenship.

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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

 

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 Knowlege Building in Action Community of Practice. 


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


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