Student progress in the types of learning environments proposed by the ALTE Global Learning Ecosystem does not happen naturally without facilitations. Teacher intervention
is needed to coordinate the small-groups and mediate their interactions. Additionally, acknowledging the role of the teacher in raising a student´s achievement is of utmost
importance. The educator training component of our project is an innovative practice that has been demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement. The
ALTE Global Learning Ecosystem model provides initial training, ongoing mentoring and support for teachers to serve as leaders, motivators and facilitators of learning, and gain proficiency in the use of technology in the classroom. It also supports the interactions between principals, technology staff and other faculty.
Teacher professional development is a main concern amongst educators. Researchers consider professional development as a process supplied not only by prior training but
also by interactions with professional peers and by personal reflexivity in and out the workplace. The difficulty with sustaining this approach lies in understanding what professional
development is concretely because it is not always available – or accessible – and not fully processed or decoded. For a long time, professional development has been considered
a linear process where teachers apply external knowledge developed mostly by researchers. Latest research and learning theories, however, have shown that a process of
continuous training fosters innovation in teaching.
The ALTE Global Learning Ecosystem supports a process that mixes formal training and trading information through discussions with colleagues and reflection on teaching
practices, one that is most conducive to the creation of new teaching methods and practices. When teachers are able to exchange ideas and experiences, they help each other
to develop their skills and expertise, and these exchanges help to solve contextual problems in teaching.
A dearth of ongoing available and accessible formal training opportunities urge teachers to participate in Communities of Practices
either at a local level (i.e. inside their school or institution) or at a global level (i.e. on the Web and meeting in person), where
educators can come together to explore common practices, interests and purposes. At the local level, teachers exchange in-
formation in a face-to-face relationship without computer mediation and avoid capitalization of the knowledge created. At the
global level, Web technologies like fora, blogs and wikis allow the accumulation of exchanges but in an unstructured and poorly
contextualized way; thus, knowledge created through discussions is hardly reusuable. In its Information and Technology ICT
competency standards for teachers, UNESCO brings together specific guidelines for planning training programs for teachers to
ensure the acquisition of ICT skills by students. Through the ongoing and effective use of technology in the schooling process,
students have the opportunity to acquire important technology capabilities, and the key individual in helping students develop
those capabilities is the classroom teacher. The teacher is responsible for establishing the classroom environment and preparing
the learning opportunities that facilitate students’ use of technology to learn and communicate. Consequently, it is critical that all
classroom teachers are prepared to provide their students with these opportunities.
Our teacher training component prepares educators with the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare learning opportunities
within computer-supported collaborative learning environments. We adhere to guidelines set forth by UNESCO to integrate ICT
into teaching while advancing student learning. We adapted Daele´s Model of Professional Development as a cycle for the
ALTE 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. These support opportunities to co-teach in the context of interdisciplinary phenomenon learning,
share experiences and resources, and maintain abreast of the latest developments in their field of interest.
Taken together – formal training, information trading and technology guidelines – Educator Training provides a valuable resource for our Community of Practice. Teachers
registering their students in the ALTE Global Learning Ecosystem are trained in the use of the Knowledge Forum electronic workspace to supervise the learning process and
apply assessment tools to student learning. They are partnered with other teachers of the same subject matter or age group, and connected through videoconferencing on a regular basis. During these sessions, they can plan a common curriculum, exchange information, and embark on a continuous learning path of becoming an effective facilitator
of their students' learning.
Our summer institutes are sponsored as a venue for educators to come together with their peers to discuss issues resulting from their participation in the Knowledge Building International Project activities. There are opportunities for breakout sessions on subject-specific and field-wide dialogue. The 2015 Summer Institute will be held in July for
teachers to join the Knowledge Building International Project in September.
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Educators - teachers, principals,
tech staff, teaching aides, superintendents,
and others - participating in the ALT Global
Learning Ecosystem belong to a global
Community of Practice to share experiences.
They gain access to best practices, new and
innovative teaching techniques, and learn
from each other. The knowledge building
Community of Practice supports their
participation in ongoing professional
development to attain ICT standards by
creating a learning culture for K-12 educators.
UNESCO Information and Communication
Technologies Competency Framework for
Teachers is an integral component of the
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