Knowledge Building engenders a culture of collaboration, which is
extended to teachers when engaging in the KB Community of Practice.
A Community of Practice is a group that evolves or is created around a
common interest in a particular field with the goal of expanding knowledge
related to that field. It is through the process of sharing information and
experiences with the group that the members learn from each other
and have an opportunity to broaden their understanding of their
common interest. COPs are built on the premise that its members have
valuable knowledge to offer each other, and that the mutual exchange
of knowledge and experience allows for the joint production of
knowledge that is not likely coming forth from any single member
of the COP.
Social learning is a central element of knowledge brokerages at the
Knowledge Building COP, facilitating the learning content (the common
topic), the learning process (through the Knowledge Forum). and the
learning context (project-based collaborative learning).
Through the Knowledge Forum platform, students and teachers have access to a unique space for collaborative learning
to share ideas and data, organize course materials, analyze research results, discuss texts, and cite reference material.
Appropriate for all ages, Knowledge Forum is used by students from kindergarten to graduate school and beyond.
Participating in the knowledge-building process through the Knowledge Forum also promotes capacities in the use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) for teaching and learning. The technology facilitates project-based
collaborative learning around topics for the continual improvement of ideas. Here are samples on how common topics
are studied from a multidisciplinary approach:
Today's most successful research teams, businesses, hospitals and classrooms have one thing in common: they know
how to transform individual ideas into collective knowledge. Researchers call these organizations knowledge-building
communities and we call them classrooms of future education, places where
... every member of the class contributes to a growing body of information
... the creation of new knowledge is everyone's most important work
... shared knowledge leads to innovation and growth
The Knowledge Forum is an electronic group workspace designed to support the process of knowledge building. An
unlimited numbers of individuals and groups can use the platform and its tools to share information, launch collaborative
investigations, and build networks of new ideas…together.
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Knowledge Building attempts to transform learning
and teaching in modern classrooms through
the effective use of technology to support
highly-researched pedagogical strategies for
teaching and learning.
Students progress through the 12 knowledge-building
principles by contributing individual ideas toward the
creation of communal knowledge. Coupled with tools
for the assessment of academic achievement and
teaching efficiency, knowledge building moves forward
effective educational practices in PreK-12 learning
environments inside and outside the traditional classroom:
+ LEAs and mainstream primary, middle and high school
classrooms in public schools
+ Private schools and parochial schools
+ Native American schools
+ international, American schools abroad and IBA Baccalaureate schools
+ international development projects
+ Department of Defense schools and learning centers
+ after-school programming and tutoring
+ alternative education sites
+ community-based organizations
+ home schooling
Teaching & Learning
Knowledge Building supports the tools educators (teachers, principals and
technology staff) need to align with several international efforts to set new
standards for information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education
and promote new teaching and learning for 21st Century Education. Their
goal: To rethink what schooling should look like in a rapidly-changing
global society of the Knowledge Age.
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 education.
Solutions to Real-World
Knowledge-Building educators -
teachers, principals and technology
faculty - belong to a unique Commnity
of Practice to exchange ideas, access
best practice and mentor each other.
Formative and summative assessment
tools give both individual and universal
overviews of progress made toward
The power of Knowledge Forum is in
the tools that allow students to revise,
critique, build on, reference, organize,
and rise above individual ideas to
to those from the entire classroom.
KNOWLEDGE BUILDING COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
I Need to
Computer-supported Collaborative Learning around topics that leads to subject mastery for STEM,
college readiness and acquiring the 21st Century skills that employers seek in their employees,
including critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity - the 4Cs of Future Education
Adherence to technology standards set-froth by UNESCO, OECD and World Federation of Associations
for Teacher Education to rethink teaching and learning in 21st Century Education
Formative and summative assessment tools that verify improved learning outcomes
Supporting platforms for partnering classrooms world-wide for Collaborative Learning through the
Knowledge Forum and for Virtual classrooms with recording capabilities for both synchronous and
asynchronous learning through iPortal
A Community of Practice for Educators - Teachers,Principals and Technology Staff - for ongoing
professional development, best practice and mentoring
Affordable and scalable for unlimited number of users, with multiple entry points via the Internet in
closed communities for controlled access
Knowledge Building forms the basis of project-based learning to help students understand key steps in the scientific
method - creating and defending a hypothesis, observation and an analysis of evidence - that leads toward increasing
knowledge and making sense of the world around them. They are thus equipped with skills to solve tough problems,
gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information, the same skills used in STEM and college readiness.
Food Sciences / Nutrition,
Microbiology, Animal Husbandry
Students Gain Subject
Mastery and Success
In The Classroom.
Farm to Table
Food Safety /
World FATE recently convened their
biennial conference on the theme,
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.
Bring Knowledge Building
to your students!
Through the technology of the Knowledge Forum, we are
able to partner classrooms across the street or around
the world for computer-supported collaborative learning
Digital Badging is the fastest-growing
phenomenon in education to recognize
learning, achievements and skills. It is
especially apropos for learning around
topics in a knowledge-building classroom.
Crisalus can help design the platform to
issue, store, and display student badges
earned in knowledge-building classrooms.
Technology, pedagogical methodologies, teacher training and assessment
transform classrooms into future education learning environments
Based on the philosophy that shared knowledge
leads to innovation and growth. Creates a
nurturing learning environment that promotes
the 4Cs of future education - critical thinking,
collaboration, communication and creativity.
Making and Nurturing
global Connections through technology
It's easy to transform a run-of-the-mill classroom into a vibrant 21st Century learning environment
with Knowledge Building! Join our international network of educators. Fill out the form below and
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