Education Technology

Community of Practice for 

Teachers, Principals & Staff

 

HEALTHY FAMILIES

 

Information & Communication

​Technology Competency

​Framework for Teaching

 

PHENOMENON LEARNING

 

Creating Capacity

for Innovation

 

EYE - E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs

 

SMART CITIES

 

Innovative Schooling

 

ARCHAEO SCHOOL FOR THE FUTURE

 

Around Ideas - a source of economic growth in  

The Knowledge Age 

DIABETES PREVENTION

 

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


 

AN OPEN MARKETPLACE FOR RESOURCES


One of the membership benefits offered by KBIA is being able to buy, sell, and share original
educational materials in downloadable formats. This service provides users with an online 
marketplace to buy and sell educational materials and teaching content directly from and to
each other. Content can also be mailed directly from the creator. The marketplace also 
features many free resources or links to great sources of information and material resources.​

Not yet a member?  Join today!

Curricula material

How-to videos

Workbook activities and badging projects

Foreign language resources

Conference proceedings and academic papers​

ACCESS THE KBIA MARKETPLACE 

TOOLS


UNESCO INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCIES


Participating in knowledge-building learning environments, educators are acquiring and

mastering their own teaching skills, especially those aligned 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, emphasizing the role that ICTs can play in supporting major education 

focus areas across growth phases of knowledge acquisition. As one progresses through these

phases, the activities demand greater higher order thinking skills. They move from basic 

comprehension on issues relating to ICT to finally reinterpreting educators responsibilities

to leverage ICTs in unique ways. It also provides a lens through which to integrate ICT into 

teacher training.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The activities supported by the Knowledge Building Community of Practice  dovetails with the goal

of professional development for K-12 teachers: to ensure opportunities that improve the craft of

teaching with tools to do so, while providing data that school systems can use in determining

whether students learn more as a result. 21CTL activities also contribute to professional development

and training research bases. We adapted Daele´s Model of Professional Development as a cycle for

our Community of Practice, where educators - teachers, principals, tech support and other faculty

members -  can be trained, use the tools, methodologies and resources, make references to literature,

case studies and best practices, and interact with each other on an ongoing basis. The KBIA

Community of Practice supports interaction between partnered teachers, who meet periodically

through videoconferencing to examine student work on the Knowledge Forum from the collaborative

classroom project around a common issue or theme chosen for the 21CTL, brainstorm ways to

instruct students who haven’t yet mastered standards, and evaluate results. This ensures that

teachers both have enough time for professional development and work to improve their own

practice. It also sustains an interactive professional development program that guides educators as

they learn to use minute-to-minute and day-by-day strategies to integrate assessment into student

learning. 

 



PEER - TO - PEER NETWORKING


The KBIA Community of Practice partners teachers with teachers, principals with principals,

technology staff with their colleagues, and teaching aides with other auxiliary staff at partnered

schools for continuous learning. 

Access to the iPortal E-Learning System supports distance teaching and collaborative learning.

Regularly-scheduled video-conferencing allows partners to communicate, share resources and

plan joint programming and curricula. Attendance at the Knowledge Building Summer Institute

allows partners to meet face-to-face and learn the tools of an efficient knowledge-building

classroom or after-school project. 

Principals bringing in the knowledge-building model to their schools help their students learn, progress and achieve through knowledge building

can acquire the needed skills to transform their schools into vibrant 21st Century learning environments by attending the KBIA Principals Academy

Training, also held during the Summer Institute. Breakout sessions include:
     • School Transformation Readiness Assessments help principals assess their current level of readiness for implementing the knowledge-building

model at their school;
     • Performance Measurement Tools determine how the model impacts student learning and achievement outcomes through assessment tools

and teacher satisfaction surveys;
     • The Principal's Observation System helps record, store and analyze data from the knowledge-building model to base decisions over time;
     •  The Technology Assessment Plan determines the level of readiness in terms of hardware, connectivity and equipment required for successful implementation of the knowledge-building model.





Tel:  +1 786 975 6149

Email: info@kbinaction.com


contact us

Knowledge Building in Action - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation

RESOURCES

To participate in Videoconferencing you will need:
 Webcam

  For individual participation: a headset with a microphone for best results

  For group participation: a microphone and separate speaker

  Internet access using any browser


To participate in the Knowledge Forum through the Internet you will need:
Mac users: G3, G4 or G5 (at least 800 MHz) / OS X OS 10.3 or better preferred  /Java 1.4.2 or later using any

of these browsers: Safari 2.0 or better preferred, Mozilla, Firefox, with plug-in

Windows users:  Pentium III or better / Windows 2000, NT, or XP (Windows XP preferred) /Java 1.4.2 or later

using any of these browsers:  Mozilla 1.7.13 or better, Firefox 1.5 or better, or Internet Explorer 5.o or better


To participate in the Knowledge Forum on a local server:

Mac users:  G3, G4 or G5 (at least 450 MHz;  Dedicated Macintosh with Mac OS X (at least 128 Mb RAM);
TCP/IP installed; Data Backup Device. Optional: QuickTime Streaming Server
Windows users:   Pentium III Processor (at least 128 Mb RAM); Windows 2000, NT, or XP; TCP/IP installed;
Data Backup Device. Optional: Darwin Server

Linux users:  Pentium III Processor (at least 128 Mb RAM); Red Hat Linux 7.2 or later; Data Backup Device.

Optional: Darwin Server



Principals bringing in the knowledge-building model to their schools help their students learn,

progress and achieve.During the KBIA Principals Academy Training, participants will learn the

tools of the knowledge-building trade:

 School Transformation Readiness Assessments help principals assess their current level of readiness for

implementing the knowledge-building model at their school;

 Performance Measurement Tools determine how the model impacts student learning and achievement

outcomes through assessment tools and teacher satisfaction surveys;

 The Principal's Observation System helps record, store and analyze data from the knowledge-building model

to base decisions over time;

  The Technology Assessment Plan determines the level of readiness in terms of hardware, connectivity

and equipment required for successful implementation of the knowledge-building model.


The iPortal E-Learning System supports distance teaching and collaborative learning. Teachers can upload their own

curriculum or tap into a reservoir of material.



Teachers are the key to our success. By joining the KBIA Community of Practice, teachers can:

 Utilize the knowledge-building model to follow the required curriculum;

 Assess student learning, either individually or classroom-wide

 Be partnered with a colleague teaching the same subject matter to the same age group of students;

 Access resources that supports the acquisition of 21st Century skills.

Principals academy

Leadership that makes the difference

in the model's success

BRINGING THE Knowledge-buildinG MODEL TO YOUR STUDENTS

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Specifications of what you will need to

participate in knowledge-building

technology

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