Supporting Teachers

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.

Constructive

Use of

Authoritative

​Sources

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. 






                                          

KNOWLEDGE FORUM

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:






                                          

Collaborative Learning

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.

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. 

It's easy to transform a run-of-the-mill classroom into a vibrant 21st Century learning environment

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Knowledge

Building

Principles

Computer-Supported

Collaborative Learning

Environments Help

Students Gain Subject

Mastery and Success

In The Classroom.

 

Formative and summative assessment

tools give both individual and universal

overviews of progress made toward

​subject mastery.

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



Symmetric

Knowledge

​Advance

Bring Knowledge Building

to your students!

DEEP  LEARNING 

PEDAGOGY

about WATER

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.

Deep Learning

Pedagogy

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
           

A Better

Theory

  I Need to

Understand

​​Crisalus 

ICT STANDARDS

Community

Knowledge

Collective

​Responsibility

GEOGRAPHY

Crop rotation

Verticle Gardens

Urban Markets

​Cultural Influences 

RISE

ABOVE

(synthesis)

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.






                                          

Teacher

Training

Collaborative

Learning 

​Discourse

Embedded

Transformative

​Assessments

Making and Nurturing

global Connections through technology

Democratizing

​Knowledge

KNOWLEDGE BUILDING

Multilingual

Platforms

Student

Centric

Teaching & Learning

Pervasive

Knowledge

​Building

Improvable

Ideas

Technology, pedagogical methodologies, teacher training and assessment

transform classrooms into future education learning environments

BIOLOGY

Food Sciences / Nutrition, 

Microbiology, Animal Husbandry


Ideas for

Solutions to Real-World

​Problems

The Organisation for Economic

Co-operation and Development

has synthesized research from

the OECD Innovative Learning

Environments Project to create

seven transversal principles to
guide the development of
learning environments for the 21st Century.






                                          

Epistemic

​Agency

MATH

Business and

Finance, Statistics,

Harvests metrics

Growth patterns


Synthesis

Multidisciplinary

​Learning

CIVICS

Government

Oversight for

Food Safety /

​Public Health

​Trade


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

​and teaching. 


New

Information

My Theory

Assessment Tools

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. 

Video

Conferencing

​Connections

Idea

​Diversity

Collaborative

​Learning

ECONOMICS

Farm to Table

Business Models

Product Imports

& Exports 

​Disaster Recovery

KNOWLEDGE BUILDING COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

AGRICULTURE

Partnered Classrooms

World-Wide

Digital

Assessment

Tools

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. 






                                          

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).   






TECHNOLOGY

Machinery/Devices

​Logistics, Irrigation

Apps, GMOs

Transportation,

Packaging