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

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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!

eHealth Coder

Automated Vehicle Tester 

Jaime Casap, Google Education

User Experience Designer

UI / UIX Designer


Breach Analyst

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

A :

The 4Cs of Future Education:

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 Knowledge

        Economy  workforce,
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

Cloud Computing Services Manager

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.





Sustainability Expert Manager

ALTE - Alternative Learning & Teaching Ecosystem

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 ?


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?  

Addressing pervasive problems in K-12 Education through facilitating 

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

Information Security Analyst


UNESCO Education 2030
Incheon Declaration for a
Framework for Action

Geolocation Analyst


critical thinking, collaboration,

communication and creativity 

Cisco     *     Intel     *    Microsoft

​​Governments across the world are forced to rethink what schooling should look like

in a rapidly-changing global society of the Knowledge Age Economy.

Green Construction and

Retrofit Architect

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

Blockchain Coder

​​​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.  

Machine Learning Algorithm

Modeling / Cluster Analyst

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 discourse 

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. ​​​

Big Data Architect

SmartBuilding Construction IT Manager


Sandra Lund-Diaz, M.Ed., Global Philanthropy Strategies 


Future of Work 2030
A wake-up call for

organisations, people

and governments

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

to the century-old, industrial-age factory

model of education.”

                    Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

OECD Schooling 
Redesigned Towards 
Innovative Learning 

Telework Coordinator

Ecryption, Resilience,

and Availability Manager

Agro Tourism Guide

Dedicated Social Media

​Community Manager

Smart Phone/Home Troubleshooter

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

Learning and Teaching Re-imagined  *   Future Education Today 

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

curricula recommendations for education systems to support an improved workforce. 

​

App Developer

The question on everyone's mind:

IoT Cybersecurity

Teacher's Manual for Carbon Footprint

Curriculum - Smart Cities K-12 Initiative  

AgriTech Data Analyst

         and Marketer

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.

Workforce of the Future -
The Competing Forces 
Shaping 2030


The Currency

of the

21st Century

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.


ALTE's primary focus is to capacitate K-12 students with Knowledge Economy skills,

where their success is 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 learning environments 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, principals, 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 ​development.

ALTE - The Alternative Learnng and Teaching Ecosystem​

Prepares Today's Students for Tomorrow's Challenges

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. 

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