ALT - Alternative Learning & Teaching
Learning and Teaching Re-imagined  *   Future Education Today
A complete ecosystem for active learning and teaching in 21st Century Education
The question on everyone's mind:
How best to prepare students for success in school,
in the workforce and in life?
Take the quiz.....  How many of these jobs existed
before the turn of the Century?  
Hardly Any - These Jobs are New to the Knowledge Economy  Workforce!
ALTE's primary focus is to capacitate K-12 students with Knowledge Economy skills, where their success  is in being
able to collaborate and use information to solve complex problems, in being able to adapt and innovate in response to
new demands and changing circumstances, improve their communication and work together with their peers in small
group innovative learning environments. They are able to marshal and expand the power of technology to create new
knowledge and expand human capacity and productivity, and acquire a mastery of the subject matters being studied
through deep learning.

Secondarily, but equally important, is ALTE's focus on training educators as facilitators of learning. This is a radical
departure from the current mode of teaching in use for the past 200 years. In the past, education was about teaching
people something in a very narrow context in silos that impeded connections between teachers and students. Today,
on many fronts, education is or is increasingly becoming multidisciplinary, and is more about making sure that
individuals develop a reliable compass and the navigation skills to find their way through an increasingly uncertain,
volatile and ambiguous world, echoing futurists’ call to think about possibilities. ALTE aims to provide that compass
by creating innovative learningenvironments In a knowledge-based economy, where educators are capacitated with
the proper skills to help their students navigate modern societies, ones that are increasingly based on information
and knowledge, become invaluable. Such skilled teachers help build workforces with adequate ICT skills to handle
information, and are reflective, creative and adept at problem-solving in order to generate knowledge.

In designing the teacher training component of the model, we looked to recommendations from esteemed

organizations such as UNESCO and OECD to align the project’s teacher training component that will enable

teachers, prinicpals, adjunct faculty and technology staff in K-12 education to acquire skills toward technology

literacy(enabling students to use ICTs to learn more efficiently, knowledge deepening (helping students acquire

in-depth knowledge of the subjects being studied and apply it to complex,real-world problems, and knowledge

creation (with the end results being able to create new knowledge). These are the skills set forth by UNESCO’s

ICT Competency Framework for Teachers, and educators equipped with these competences have become more

important than ever to ensure their students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed - in school,

as future employees or entrepreneurs, and in life.

ALTE is centered around knowledge-building pedagogy utilizing technology formulated spcifically for knowledge-

building learning environments in the form of a digital workspace, accessible via the Internet or housed on ​local

servers. This technology is the heart of computer-supported collaborative learning environments that allow

individuals to engage in learning to expand their thinking, apply creativity and critical thinking to problem-solving

and decision-making, and acquire skills that will help them communicate and work in collaboration with others.

The model supports learning progressions to help teachers use scaffolding and the scientific method in a student’s

learning processes. ALTE classrooms across the street or around the world are partnered for an added element

of collaborative learning, creating opportunities for students to share ideas and experiences from different social

and economic environments to make global connections. Teachers are networked through a digital Community of

Practice to share experiences, be mentored and access resources in their needs for continuous professional

So how can students learn the skills they need for jobs we don't even
know will be created, for technologies that have not yet been
invented, and solve problems that have not yet been anticipated?
Let's stop asking students what they want to be or do when
they grow up. Ask them what problems they want to solve
and what they need to learn in order to solve those problems
Jaime Casap, Google Education
By helping students acquire 21st Century skills around the 4Cs of
Future Education - critical thinking, collaboration, communication
and creativity. ALT is the solution!
ALT - the Alternative Learning and Teaching Model - supports collaborative learning environments in classrooms ​that
function as scientific communities around problem-solving in an interdisciplinary examination of topics. A demonstration
of the practical application of knowledge-building pedagogy can be found in these case studies:​​
A Multi-disciplinary approach to
Phenomenon Learning –  
“Teaching by Topic”
ArchaeoSchool For The Future
Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
The Knoowledge Building  
International Project -  
Smart Cities K-12 Initiative
Teacher's Manual for
Carbon Footprint Curriculum -
Smart Cities K-12 Initiative  
Addressing pervasive problems in K-12 Education through facilitating
the acquisition of 21st Century skills needed in the Knowledge Economy
21st Century Learning
Where students can
acquire the skills they
will need to navigate
the education process
and become productive
members of the workforce,
their community and
society at large.....

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*  Electronic workspace accessible
through the
Internet or on a server;
*  Formative java-based
tools support real-time
learning assessment;
*  Regularly-scheduled videoconferencing
partners classrooms world-wide.....

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Making Connections
21st Century Learning
Community of Practice
Educators - teachers,
principals, tech staff and
aides - are able to exchange
information, access material
and best practices, engage
in ongoing professional
development and mentor
each other.....

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A culture of inquiry and evidence to unlock critical thinking and creativity
based on an exchange of ideas and research around common themes and phenomenon learning.
Improving learning outcomes through education technology and innovative assessment methods
that support and inform instruction, provide accurate informationabout what students know and can do,
and measure student achievement to bridge gender and achievement gaps to prepare students for college readiness.
Formative assessments allows
teachers to seek information that

is used as feedback to modify teaching
and learning activities to

meet student needs. Teachers can
supplement standardized

testing with an assessment of
students´ progress of academic

Academic Achievement
Student Growth
The ALTE  approach allows students
without English

language proficiency learn in small
group collaborative

learning environments, providing
opportunities for the

types of interactions that encourage
language development.  
With ALTE, students are constantly
reading and writing,

acquiring the knowledge, skills, and
academic preparation

needed to enroll and succeed in
college courses without the

need for remediation.
Effective Integration
English Language Learners
College and
Aligning with the UNESCO framework
for Information and

Communication Technology (ICT)
competencies.  This

framework outlines the competencies
that teachers need

to integrate ICTs into their professional
practice and teaching.
Teacher Training
in a
Community of Practice
Transforming the classroom into
environments where students

learn the skills for Knowledge
Deepening, enabling students to

acquire in-depth knowledge of their
school subjects and apply it

to complex, real-world problems
through topic-centric phenomenon

learning that supports problem-solving
and application of the

scientific method.
By partnering classrooms around the
world, educators are able

to collaborate with each other in
having their students work on

shared databases to do research on a
common theme for "phenomenon
learning" around topics.
21st Century Skills  - 4Cs of
Future Education Through
Collaborative Learning
The ALTE model reimagines teaching and learning, where the format of the traditional, more passive approach to learning, is replaced by a more
collaborative method of

acquiring skills and knowledge. Instead of sitting in assigned seats facing the teacher listening to pre-determined content, students are encouraged to
work together in small groups with the teacher serving as a facilitator, mentor and coach in a culture of inquiry and evidence to unlock critical thinking
and creativity based on an exchange of ideas

and research around common themes, proposing theories around topics. This method of contextualization through "phenomenon learning"
approaches themes through project-based learning, AKA Phenomenon Learning or Topic-Centric, where students are taught cross-subject

topics that incorporate multi-disciplinary content. This is often referred to as contextualization that makes learning exciting

and relevant. The effective use of technology for content delivery and the continued professional development of their

indstructor - teachers, principals and support staff - is key to its success. This process allows students to acquire important

21st Century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity, the “4Cs” of future education.

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