|ALTE - Alternative Learning & Teaching Ecosystem
|Learning and Teaching Re-imagined * Future Education Today
ALTE is centered around knowledge-building pedagogy utilizing technology formulated specifically for learning environments in the form of
a digital workspace, accessible via the Internet or housed on local servers. The model supports strategies that help learners understand
and be able to reason about an array of phenomena and problems in the real world they may encounter in and out of the classroom, both
presently and in their future. Because this type of phenomena project-based learning is relevant and meaningful for students, learning becomes
engaging and intriguing. Knowledge-building methodologies and assessments form the heart of computer-supported collaborative learning
environments that allow individuals to engage in small group 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 as they study real-world
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
When working within collaborative learning environments,
members of a small group gathered around a problem,
objective or plan are learning with others by capitalizing
on different skills and experiences to solve problems.
In the process, they become co-learners, gaining
knowledge from the experiences of others in their
group. They achieve their learning objectives around
the production and continual improvement of ideas,
which are the currency of the 21st Century Knowledge Age.
When dialogue around ideas can be supported in learning environments whose
members can share knowledge that will benefit all reciprocally, individual ideas
can be transformed into action from the collective knowledge accumulation of a
group. Collaborative Learning Communities of 21st Century research, business,
and government support sharing ideas, information and work on common issues
and shared problems to achieve a common goal.
Collaboration is also an important Knowledge Economy skill, and one of the 4Cs
of future education, joining critical thinking, communication and creativity as those
skills students need for success in school, in the workplace, as active citizens and
|The ALTE Community of Practice supports both synchronous and asynchronous learning through
small groups in computer-supported collaborative experiential learning environments. The ALT ecosystem is
available for implementation in primary and secondary education classrooms, after-school
programs, Armed Forces schools, International Baccalaureate programs, economic and multilateral
development agencies and alternative learning environments.
Scaffolding + The Scientific Method = Getting to the "How"?
We are stuck in 19th Century education –
an industry by all definitions of the word and
a sector ripe for disruption. Why? Because
K-12 students are not acquiring the skills
- succeed in K-12 education or be
college-ready or career-ready if they do
graduate high school,
- become productive employees, without
access to mechanisms allowing them to acquire
the skills demanded by the Knowledge Economy
- participate in a global society as active
citizens, in the Knowledge Age immersed an
era of globalization.
By answering “how?”, mankind
pursues solutions to problems and
situations of great consequence to
all people on earth; The “hows?”
accomplish what many think is
impossible, and the impossible
become not only possible but
common place. The “how?”
withstands the testament of time
and continues to provoke the
innovation, ingenuity and creativity
of those who dare to dream of
accomplishing something great.
Students in ALTE's interdisciplinary learning environments are able to probe real-world challenges through computer-supported collaborative
experiential learning. They acquire critical 21st Century skills in K-12 to unlock important traits – scientific curiosity,innovation and creativity -
to ask the question, "how?", one day becoming the leaders, educators, workforce and engaged citizens of a global society of the Knowledge Age.
As members of the ALTE Community of Practice, teachers utilize an array of tools to become facilitators of learning, thus transforming the
classroom into 21st Century collaborative learning environments. They value how students engage in inquiry, enabling them to function as do
professionals – scientists, business people, and community leaders – responding to real-world problems in collaborative learning communities
similar to those in research, government and business. The ALTE model supports learning progressions in three dimensions by utilizing scaffolding
and the scientific method to explore disciplinary core ideas as well as crosscutting concepts. The model supports aims of international standards
for technology literacy, knowledge deepening and knowledge creation while promoting the acquisition of a range of skills that will propel students
through the education continuum and into the workforce, the so-called "21st Century Skills".
|Governments across the world are forced to rethink what schooling should look like
not just in their countries but in a rapidly-changing global society of the Knowledge Age Economy.
The ALTE model supports the tools educators (teachers, principals and technology staff)
need to align with several international efforts to set new standards and
promote new teaching and learning for 21st Century Education
required for the Knowledge Economy.
The Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development
has synthesized research from the
Innovative Learning Environments
Project to create seven transversal
principles to guide the development
of learning environments for the
Knowledge Age Economy.
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UNESCO has developed its
Information and Communication
Technology Competency Frame-
work for Teaching to promote
technology literacy, knowledge
deepening and knowledge creation
in primary and secondary education.
Read more at http://ht.ly/4nkE61
The World FATE Biennial Conference
focused on the theme, “Innovation in
Teacher Education within a Global
Context”, to reflect the needs in
teacher education to build capacity
for educators able to go beyond 21st
Century skills to prepare learners for
the challenges presented in a
Read more at http://ht.ly/4nkLH3
Research collaboration to accelerate global education reforms - offers 21st-century
curricula recommendations for education systems to support an improved workforce.
Read more at http://ht.ly/71Pt30k3yMT
World Economic Forum
"The Future of Jobs" -
and Workforce Strategy
for the Fourth
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Cisco * Intel * Microsoft
Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Director of Strategic Partnerships and EdTech Technician
Knowledge Building in Action - A nonprofit organization
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How can learners acquire 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 learners what they want to be or do when they grow up. Instead, ask them what problems they want to solve and what
they need to learn in order to solve those problems. ALT Learning Ecosystem provides the perfect environment for teachers and trainers
to encourage learners to think about potential customers - a group of people who have a specific problem they want solved or a desire
they want fulfilled, and how their jobs, their businesses, their work in the public sector or their entrepreneurial endeavors will address needs.
The fact is, many of today's jobs and required skills will change dramatically based on two fundamental drivers: technology and the changing
workforce responsive to Industry 4.0 and its impacts on society. The need for workers to acquire a range of skills and to continuously adapt
skills underlies the learning economy, where knowledge is increasingly presented as the crucial factor in the development of both society and
its diverse economies. There currently exists, however, a huge gap in preparing young people to enter the Knowledge Economy workforce.
Employers rely on current education systems to properly prepare and equip workers, and help them retrain their current employees as needed.
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Collaboration for 21st Century K-12
Teaching and Learning
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