A complete ecosystem for active learning and teaching in 21st Century Education 

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ALTE - Alternative Learning & Teaching Ecosystem

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ALTE - the Alternative Learning and Teaching Ecosystem - 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:

​By helping students acquire 21st Century skills around the 4Cs of

Future Education - critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.

ALTE is the solution!

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Future of Work 2030
A wake-up call for

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and governments


"The U.S. K-12 system largely still adheres

to the century-old, industrial-age factory

model of education.”

                                    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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The Alternative Learning & Teaching Ecosystem - ALTE

Supporting Collaborative Learning Environments 

Throughout the Education Continuum

Q :

Take the quiz.....  How many of these jobs existed 

before the turn of the Century?  

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Hardly Any - These Jobs are New to the Knowledge Economy  Workforce!

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 to 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. 

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Scaffolding + The Scientific Method = Getting to the "How"? 

A :

The 4Cs of Future Education:

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 environ-

ments for the 21st Century.

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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 needed to:
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 21st Century

participate in a global society

        as active citizens,
in the Knowledge Age in an era of globalization.

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

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Come to our presentation at the Biennial

Conference of World FATE in Melbourne,

Australia, July 10, 2018.

World FATE's most recent conference 

(Barcelona, 2016) 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 

knowledge society.



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UNESCO has developed its Information 
and Communication Technology 
Competency Framework for Teaching 
to promote technology literacy, 
knowledge deepening and knowledge 
creation in primary and secondary 



​​Their Goal:  To rethink what schooling should look like in a rapidly-changing global society of the Knowledge Age.

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The ALTE Community of Practice supports both

synchronous and asynchronous learning

 through small groups in computer-supported

collaborative learning environments required

  to implement the ALTE ecosystem in

primary and secondary education classrooms, 

  after-school programs, Armed Forces schools,

International Baccalaureate Programs,

 economic development agencies and

alternative learning environments

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How best to prepare students for success in school,
in the workforce and in life? 

​​​The ALTE Global Learning Ecosystem 

Prepares Today's Students for Tomorrow's Challenges

World Economic Forum 
"The Future of Jobs" - 
Employment, Skills 
and Workforce Strategy 
for the Fourth
Industrial Revolution 



The U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Program sought guidance on

implementing internationally benchmarked College-​ and Career-ready Standards and Assessments. 
Our reply: 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 needed for the Knowledge Economy.

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 ?


OECD Schooling 
Redesigned Towards 
Innovative Learning 


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​​​Students formulate their theories and utilize scaffolds to create collective knowledge. By

using the pedagogical methodologies  supported by the ALTE Ecosystem of bundled technology,

teacher training, methodologies and mentoring, educators help their students develop basic and

transversal skills through computer-supported collaborative learning, where the teacher becomes

a facilitator of  learning. By joining the ALTE Community of Practice, educators - teachers,

principals and technology faculty - are partnered with their colleagues to enjoy the camaraderie

of a community of practice of educators with access to ongoing professional  development.  

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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 learn to probe authentic questions

regarding real-world challenges. Through computer-

supported collaborative 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.

Addressing pervasive problems in K-12 Education through facilitating 

the acquisition of 21st Century skills needed in the Knowledge Economy

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Research collaboration to accelerate global education reforms - offers 21st-century

curricula recommendations for education systems to support an improved workforce. 

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Our primary focus with ALTE is to capacitate K-12 students with Knowledge Economy skills, where their success lies 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


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critical thinking, collaboration,

communication and creativity 

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