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 and the 4Cs of Future

Education - ALTE is the solution!

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"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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critical thinking, collaboration,

communication and creativity 

Cisco     *     Intel     *    Microsoft

Teacher's Manual for Carbon Footprint

Curriculum - Smart Cities K-12 Initiative  

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.


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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World FATE recently convened their biennial

conference 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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Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Interim Executive Director, Knowledge Building in Action


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need to align with several international efforts to set new standards and promote new teaching and learning for 21st Century Education.

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

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Take the quiz.....  How many of these jobs existed before the turn of the Century?  

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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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ALTE - The Alternative Learnng and Teaching Ecosystem​

Prepares Today's Students for Tomorrow's Challenges

​​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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Hardly Any - These jobs are new to the 21st Century workforce!

​​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 peers to enjoy the camaraderie of a community of practice of educators with access to ongoing professional



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The Currency

of the

21st Century

The question on everyone's mind:


 and Career-ready Standards and Assessments. Our reply: The ALTE model supports the tools educators (teachers, principals and technology staff)

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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.

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

Learning and Teaching Re-imagined  *   Future Education Today 

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 


So how can students learn the skills they need for jobs we don't even

know will be created?


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The Alternative Learning & Teaching Ecosystem - ALTE

Supporting Collaborative Learning Environments Throughout the Education Continuum

Q :

Addressing pervasive problems in K-12 Education through facilitating 

the acquisition of 21st Century skills:

ALTE - Alternative Learning & Teaching Ecosystem

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 is seeking guidance on implementing internationally benchmarked College-

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