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A free social network for professional development of LATAM Teachers based on collaborative learning

Comunidad Atenea, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation

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A social network where teachers can connect, share best practices, take inspiration from peers, access MOOCs and create projects with colleagues. Encouraging an atmosphere of trust, we offer an experience that promotes teacher professional development based on teamwork, learning by doing and peer mentoring to promote the meaningful use of digital tools and thrive in an ever-changing classroom.
Agustín Porres, LATAM Regional Director at the Varkey Foundation
If we can inspire teachers, create community, and bring them on a digital journey, we will unlock the potential of technology in education and ensure equitable and quality education for all.

Agustín Porres, LATAM Regional Director at the Varkey Foundation

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TEACHERS
Target Group
510 979
Children/Users
21
Countries
2020
Established
Not-for-profit
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Updated on September 6th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

‘I always thought the teacher works alone, indoors. What I needed to be part of a community; just in time, Comunidad Atenea arrived’. Silvina from Argentina expresses one of the problems we are solving: with schools struggling to cope with closures & reopenings, technology as the main channel for communication with students, & teachers with lack of training, CA brings an effective & human solution

How does your innovation work in practice?

We discovered that promoting an atmosphere of trust and empathy among teachers is essential to unlock the potential of technology. That is precisely what we are doing: building this powerful community to promote the meaningful use of digital tools.

We developed #AteneaExperience: a one-week learning journey. Bringing teachers together across borders to join a 5-day learning journey focused on a different theme, in which they share their views and create initiatives together. #AteneaExperience offers an experience based on learning by doing, collaboration, and peer mentoring. With a hands-on methodology and personalized training, teachers develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking. 4,098 educational initiatives have been implemented as part of the challenges which reached 160,052 students. 99.5% of the graduates would recommend this experience to a colleague and 94.6% consider these experiences enrich their professional development.

How has it been spreading?

In 1 year, we have reached +50,000 unique visitors from 104 countries, 15,123 members, and the teachers that participated in the #AteneaExperience editions reached 510,979 students. It was organic growth and has spread by word of mouth.

We created an alliance with TikTok to launch a learning challenge for Latin American teachers with the hashtag #aprendeentiktok. We offered training in the pedagogical use of TikTok. #aprendeentiktok videos have more than 29 billion visualizations and #comunidadatenea videos more than 578 thousand visualizations.

We were selected by the McCourt School of Public Policy of Georgetown University as a case study to carry out an impact and scalability evaluation of Comunidad Atenea that included a pilot with Spanish-speaking teachers in the US.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Anyone can go to comunidadatenea.org and become a member. Comunidad Atenea is free, open, and accessible through any device. All the best practices and digital tools proposed by the teachers are free, and the #AteneaExperience practical challenges can be implemented in different school contexts, taking into account the educational level, the available resources, and the expected impact on learning

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Comunidad Atenea: Teacher Resources for the 21st Century School
https://es.unesco.org/fieldoffice/montevideo/DocentesEscuelaSigloXXI/TrabajoDocente
The construction of a community of teaching collaboration around the educational resource
https://profuturo.education/topics/la-construccion-de-una-comunidad-de-colaboracion-docente-alrededor-del-recurso-educativo-comunidad-atenea/
Comunidad Atenea, the union of Latin American teachers to enhance online education
https://periscopio.mx/2020/05/18/comunidad-atenea-la-union-de-maestros-latinoamericanos-para-educar-mejor-en-linea/
A free and open social network for the collaborative learning community of Latin American Teachers
https://www.infobae.com/educacion/2020/04/22/en-medio-de-la-pandemia-lanzan-un-proyecto-colaborativo-para-docentes-de-la-region/
The Varkey Foundation promotes the largest collaborative education social network in LATAM
https://www.diariouno.com.ar/espacio-de-marca/fundacion-varkey-impulsa-proyecto-educacion-colaborativo-grande-region-04242020_0FaDgn6Vz
TikTok and the Varkey Foundation promote teaching practices
https://youtu.be/dCCTcPnxONI
A Collaborative Learning Community for LATAM Teachers
https://ifworlddesignguide.com/entry/296336-comunidad-atenea-platform
3 way of enhancing the learning process in online education
https://laprensa.peru.com/tecnologia-ciencia/noticia-coronavirus-alternativas-digitales-impulsar-educacion-virtual-esta-cuarentena-nnda-nnrt-96243
The first collaborative learning community of Latin American Teachers
https://www.mdzol.com/sociedad/2020/4/24/lanzan-una-plataforma-de-educacion-colaborativa-74895.html
Why more and more teachers and students are on TikTok
https://www.redaccion.com.ar/por-que-cada-vez-mas-docentes-y-estudiantes-estan-en-tiktok/
A new collaborative project for teachers in Latin America
https://diariolarepublica.com.ar/notix/noticia/20974/impulsan-un-proyecto-colaborativo-para-maestros-de-latinoamrica.html
The Varkey Foundation promotes the largest Collaborative Education project in the region
https://revista.elarcondeclio.com.ar/fundacion-varkey-impulsa-el-proyecto-de-educacion-colaborativo-mas-grande-de-la-region/
Learning strategies for teachers
https://www.eltribuno.com/jujuy/nota/2020-5-12-1-0-0-aprenden-estrategias-educativas-800-docentes
With TikTok these teachers found a fun way to teach
https://www.mdzol.com/sociedad/2020/10/5/con-tiktok-estas-docentes-mendocinas-encontraron-una-divertida-manera-de-ensenar-109748.html
In one place, the best learning experiences
https://www.semana.com/educacion/articulo/las-mejores-experiencias-de-educacion-en-casa-en-la-pandemia-en-un-solo-sitio/669940/
Comunidad Atenea, the first collaborative learning virtual community for teachers
https://www.sobretiza.com.ar/2020/04/29/comunidad-atenea-la-primera-comunidad-virtual-de-aprendizaje-colaborativo-para-docentes/

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

July 2021
500,000 students reached
May 2021
#AteneaExperience with UNESCO and Andreas Schleicher as main expert
October 2020
Comunidad Atenea & TikTok Challenge: #comunidadatenea videos more than 548 thousand visualizations
October 2020
Comunidad Atenea was selected by the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2020
September 2020
400,000 students reached
August 2020
Comunidad Atenea was selected by the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University for a Client-Based Capstone Project
August 2020
Comunidad Atenea was selected by the IAE Business School for a Client-Based Capstone Project
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