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Your Kids Might Have School Easy, Thanks to Blockchain

If by any chance you shooed away your kid who was bugging you about telling them what is this blockchain thing going around, by saying ‘it doesn’t concern you sweetheart’; you might have to take those words back because the distributed ledger technology might soon be coming to their school.

And it doesn’t really matter which standard your kid is in, because the tech has the potential to be deployed by school districts networks, postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations, all for the purpose of improving the learning opportunities.

Here’s is a list of 6 ways that the blockchain tech could transform.. okay, improve, if we’re not stretching it, education.

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It is an absolute must that every student’s academic credentials must be universally recognized and verifiable. In K-12 and postsecondary, this verification process remains a cumbersome and manual process.

The distributed ledger technology (DLT), could provide a solution for that by streamlining the verification procedures all the while reducing fraudulent claims regarding the unearned educational credits.

A 10-year-old software startup has apparently picked up on this potential of the modern day tech and has partnered with, none other than, MIT Media Lab in order to launch Blockcerts toolset. Based on the blockchain tech, it provides an open framework for creating, issuing, viewing and verifying certificates that are blockchain based.

Badges

Even though the first thing to pop up in your mind might be a scout badge, it is not what we’re referring to.

What we meant is digital badges, the purpose of which would be to verify and communicate specific skill assertions of any individual. And if a person has multiple badges, then no problem, as they can be all assembled into an open badge passport.  Students will be free to share their passport with prospective employers as well.

Student Records

Student records can be a nightmare for someone who has to shift schools a lot. But with the DLT that might soon change and Sony Global Education and IBM are on it. The two developed an educational platform that uses the blockchain tech to secure and further share student records.

Libraries

All the bibliophiles don’t need to worry, as the DLT is not taking away the simple pleasure of the library.

However, it could very well help libraries in expanding their services. This can be achieved through building an enhanced metadata archive, developing a protocol for supporting community-based collections, and facilitating more effective management of digital rights.

Learning Marketplace

The key and quite frankly the most attractive feature that DLT has to offer is the elimination of the middleman from the equation. It can be deployed to create several learning marketplaces, from test prep to school surfing.

TeachMePlease is Russian pilot on the Disciplina platform, which bring together teachers and students, and helps the students find courses that are registered by educational organizations or teachers. Moreover, it also facilitates the payment process.

Retail

It is already established that the DLT has the potential to securely connect buyers with sellers in a marketplace. Now imagine that marketplace to be your school store. That’s right. This could very well power school stores and even student businesses.

Considering all the decentralized things that blockchain tech has to offer, your kids might just get through the entire educational experience in a streamlined way that you wanted.

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Abeer Anwaar

Abeer holds a Bachelors degree in Media studies and covers blockchain startups for BlockPublisher. An optimist, excels in the art of the written word and swears by the joy of all things sweet. Email: abeer@blockpublisher.com or contact the editor at editor.startups@blockpublisher.com

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