Knowledge Forum ® is leading edge computer program
to facilitate Collaborative Knowledge Building. It is designed so
that it is intuitively easy to use both by children and adults.
However it has many advanced features, which are possible to be
learnt only when you have practiced it long time, have read the
manual, or have been taught or consulted. Its basic structure is
simple, and it leaves great opportunities for creative designing
for better learning environments and for better collaborative knowledge
building. A basic idea of Knowledge Forum may be gotten by visiting
Learning environments can be designed almost self-instructing
by using Knowledge Forum® creatively. However it is probably
best when used together with face-to-face sessions.
My first and still the most important Knowledge Forum®
collaborative learning space is in OECD/ENSI/FINLAND - Environmental
Education project, of which I am a research coordinator together
with Counsellor Lea Houtsonen, PhD. I have cooperated also with
Dr. Taina Kaivola in research using Knowledge Forum(R):
From here you may download Knowledge Forum ® Client program
Forum ® Client for Win (KF_client_win_3_4.zip)
Forum ® Client for Mac (KF_client_mac_3_4.zip)
Åhlberg, M., Kaasinen, A., Kaivola, T. &
Houtsonen, L. 2001c. Collaborative knowledge building to promote
in-service teacher training in environmental education. Journal
of Information Technology for Teacher Education 10(3), 227 - 238.
Bereiter, C. 2002. Education and Mind in the Knowledge
Age. London: Lawrence Erlbaum.