26 Ways Blockchain will transform (OK, can improve) the instruction

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Blockchain is a public ledger that automatically records and verifies transactions. General Ledger Technology (DLT) powers Bitcoin, Ethereum and other currencies virtuals (which took a beating this month) Less publicized are all the ways in which the DLT could transform many industries. Use of cases for a transparent and verifiable record of transaction data are numerous because DLT operates through a decentralized platform that makes it resistant to fraud.

With the help of Educause & nbsp; e CB Insights we identified 26 ways in which DLT could be implemented by school districts, networks, post-secondary institutions and community-based organizations to improve learning opportunities

1. Transcripts. Credits Academic qualifications must be universally recognized and verifiable In K-12 and postsecondary, verifying academic credentials remains largely a manual process (heavy paper documentation and control on a case-by-case basis). DLT solutions could simplify the verification procedures and reduce the fraudulent requests for unearned credits.

Learning Machine a 10-year-old software startup, collaborated with MIT Media Lab at the launch of the tool set Blockcerts & nbsp; providing an open infrastructure for creating, issuing, displaying, and auditing blockchain-based certificates.

Matt Pittinsky CEO of the Parchment transcription service, said there are many design decisions to be made before the widespread use of the DLT transcripts. He thinks that blockchain will memorize positions in systems that record complete records, a balance between permanence and portability.

2. Badges. & nbsp; Assertions of specific skills can be verified and communicated with a digital badge. Multiple badges can be assembled in a passport for an open badge & nbsp; that students can share with potential employers.

Indorse & nbsp; is using blockchain to check electronic wallets. Users upload claims with a verification link and other users verify that claim.

3. Record of the students. Sony Global Education developed & nbsp; an educational platform in collaboration with IBM that uses blockchain to protect and share student records.

Filing a complete record of students on a distributed ledger can be computationally intensive and, therefore, prohibitively expensive. As envisioned by Pittinsky, the DLT can simply be used as a directory rather than a data warehouse.

4. Identity. With the proliferation of apps and learning services, identity management is a big problem in education. & Nbsp; Platforms like & nbsp; Blockstack & nbsp; and uPort & nbsp; help users bring their identity with around the Internet. On Blockstack, users will access apps on decentralized networks and will have data portability.

6. Security of the infrastructure. As schools add more cameras and security sensors, they need to protect their networks from hackers. & Nbsp; Companies such as Xage & nbsp; they are using blockchain tamper-proof registers to share security data on device networks. [19659003] 7. Ridesharing. Blockchain could inject new options into the rideshare oligopoly. With a distributed ledger, pilots and pilots could create a more user-oriented value-oriented market. DLT rideshare startup & nbsp; Arcade City & nbsp; allows drivers to set rates (taking a percentage of driver fares) with the blockchain that records all interactions. Arcade City is aimed at professional pilots, who want to build their own businesses rather than being controlled by a company headquarters.

The school districts could negotiate with a group of Arcade city drivers projected for the difficult aspects of the transport of the pupils & nbsp; (for example, special needs, isolated students, work-based learning).

13.Cloud storage. & nbsp; Because students and educational institutions store more data, DLT & nbsp; cloud storage could offer safer and potentially cheaper alternatives. Nicknamed "Airbnb for file storage" Filecoin & nbsp; is a high profile cryptographic project that rewards file hosting.

14. Management of energy. & nbsp; For education institutions with renewable energy sources, the DLT could reduce the need for intermediaries. The Brooklyn startup Transactive Grid & nbsp; it allows decentralized power generation schemes that allow entities to generate, buy and sell energy to their neighbors.

15. Prepaid cards. & nbsp; Blockchains can help retailers offer gift certificates and loyalty programs without an intermediary. Gyft an online platform for the purchase, sending and redemption of gift certificates, collaborated with the infrastructure provider blockchain Chain & nbsp; to run gift cards for thousands of small businesses on the blockchain, in a program called Gyft Block. Loyyal & nbsp; makes loyalty incentives easily exchangeable across different sectors.

Prepaid cards could be used by cities, schools and families to purchase school learning experiences (for example, a LRNG & nbsp; board) and associated transport (# 7).

16. Smart contracts. & nbsp; DLT can be used to automatically execute agreements once the specified conditions are met. These "smart contracts" have the potential to reduce documents in many areas, including education.

Woolf University formed by Oxford professors, will use DLT to execute smart contracts. A series of "check-ins" for students and teachers are fundamental for the execution of a series of intelligent contracts that validate the participation and completion of the tasks. A check-in can be as simple as clicking on a button on a phone app but running a smart contract that pays the teacher and provides microcredit to the student.

DLT could facilitate distributed learning. A state or institution could fund a student's account using blockchain-based smart contracts and provide all funding in advance. Smart contracts release it when certain criteria are met. (There is obviously a lot of policy to understand: desirable experiences and verification of competences, suppliers, suitable terms and conditions, etc.)

17. Learning market. The main competence of & nbsp; DLT is eliminating the intermediary. It will be implemented to create various learning markets from the test preparation to the surf school.

TeachMePlease & nbsp; is a Russian pilot on the Discipline platform & nbsp; where & nbsp; teachers and students meet. Help students find and pay for courses, recorded by educational organizations or teachers. Woolf (No. 16) is an example of a new higher market.

18. Records management. DLT could reduce paper-based processes, minimize fraud and increase accountability between authorities and those who serve. A prime example, Delaware Blockchain Initiative aims to create an appropriate legal infrastructure for distributed accounting book shares, to increase the efficiency and speed of incorporation services. Illinois, Vermont and other states have announced similar initiatives. Start-ups also assist in the effort: in the Europe of the East, BitFury Group is currently at work & nbsp; with the Georgian government to secure and keep track of government registers.

19 [19659026]. Retail & nbsp; DLT could securely connect buyers and sellers to marketplaces. For example, & nbsp; OpenBazaar & nbsp; operates as an open source peer-to-peer network that connects buyers and sellers without an intermediary. Customers buy goods using any of the 50 cryptocurrencies and sellers are paid in Bitcoins.

DLT could be used to power school shops and student companies. In some cases, a global network would be attractive, but in others, a licensed (private) ledger could limit the scope of a school economy.

20. Charity. For charitable donations, DLT offers the possibility to accurately monitor donations and, in some cases, the impact. For example, GiveTrack from BitGive Foundation is a blockchain-based donation platform that offers the ability to transfer, track and provide a permanent record of charitable financial transactions around the world.

School donors and NGOs can find accountability and transparency attractive.

21. Human resources. & nbsp; Performing background checks and checking the chronology of employment can take a lot of time and manual tasks for human resources professionals. If the employment and the criminal record were filed in DLT, HR professionals could streamline the selection process and advance recruitment processes more quickly.

Chronobank & nbsp; focuses on improving short-term recruitment for on-demand jobs (eg cleaning, warehousing, e-commerce). The launch aims to use the blockchain to make it easier for individuals to find work on the fly and be rewarded for their work through a decentralized structure using cryptocurrency, without the involvement of traditional financial institutions.

Schools could use similar skills to replace and manage drivers and for a market of post-school and summer activities.

22. Governance. & nbsp; The benefits of using blockchain for smart contracts and verifiable transactions can also be applied to make corporate accounting more transparent. The app Boardroom & nbsp ;, for example, provides a governance framework and an app that allows companies to manage smart public contracts and authorized Ethereum blockchains.

The app provides an administrative system for organizations to ensure smart contracts are executed according to the rules encoded on the blockchain (or to update the rules themselves). The commissions may also use the app for proxy voting by shareholders and the management of the collaborative proposal.

23 . Libraries. & nbsp; DLT could help libraries expand their services by creating an enhanced metadata repository, developing a protocol to support community-based collections and facilitating more effective digital rights management. & Nbsp; Information & nbsp; received a $ 100,000 grant from the museum institute and library services to fund a one-year project exploring the potential of blockchain technology for information services.

24 . Publishing. & nbsp; Blockchain could have more applications in the publishing industry, from break into the industry for the management of piracy rights . New platforms are emerging to level the playing field for writers and encourage collaboration between authors, publishers, translators and publishers. Educators, students and NGOs can appreciate the benefits of expanded publishing options.

The author & nbsp; allows writers to publish their work on the platform. Readers can purchase books from the platform using the certification tokens (ATS), a cryptocurrency based on Ethereum, and writers receive 90% of the author's rights in ATS. The authors own the copyright for their work, so they have the freedom to publish it and distribute it elsewhere.

PageMajik & nbsp; is a workflow management system designed to simplify the publishing process. The system provides a secure and centralized catalog of all files, which can easily be accessed by a team of authors, publishers and publishers. The roles, rights and duties of each person can be specified before actually starting to use the platform to minimize errors. PageMajik is about to add blockchain technology to the next version of its workflow system.

25 . Public assistance. & nbsp; Blockchain could help simplify the system of public assistance for families and students. The United Kingdom started working with the startup GovCoin Systems & nbsp; in 2016 to conduct tests for the development of a blockchain-based solution for welfare payments. GovCoin divides the money into separate deposits for different expenses. Recipients get access to their benefits that are paid in cryptocurrency via a & # 39; mobile app.

26. Obligations. & nbsp; The World Bank uses the blockchain & nbsp; to sell a bond. Moving the process towards the blockchain could reduce costs and accelerate trading for both bond issuers and investors. School districts could benefit from faster and cheaper bond sales.

Writing for Educause David McArthur outlines the limitations and challenges of DLT solutions in the field of education. He also exposes the advantages of distributed accounting books rather than public accounting books. These smaller private networks could improve security and get a faster and cheaper consensus than transactions.

"When it comes to educational innovation, blockchains and master books probably lead to evolutionary gains rather than revolutionary reforms," ​​concludes McArthur.

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Blockchain is a public ledger that automatically records and verifies transactions. The DLP technology (distributed ledger technology) feeds Bitcoin, Ethereum and other virtual currencies (which in this month have lost ground). Less publicized are all the ways in which DLT could transform many industries. The cases of use for a transparent and verifiable record of transaction data are numerous because DLT operates through a decentralized platform that makes it resistant to fraud.

With the assistance of Educause and CB Insights, we identified 26 ways in which DLT could be used by school districts, networks, post-secondary institutions and community-based organizations to improve learning opportunities.

1. Transcriptions. Academic credentials must be universally recognized and verifiable. In K-12 and postsecondary, the verification of academic credentials remains largely a manual process (heavy paper documentation and control on a case-by-case basis). DLT solutions could simplify the verification procedures and reduce the fraudulent requests for unearned credits.

Learning Machine, a 10-year-old software startup, partnered with MIT Media Lab at the launch of the Blockcerts toolset, which provides an open infrastructure for creation by issuing, viewing, and checking blockchain-based certificates.

Matt Pittinsky, CEO of the Parchment transcription service, said there are a lot of design decisions to be worked out before widespread use of the DLT transcripts. He thinks that blockchain will memorize positions in systems that record complete records, a balance between permanence and portability.

2. Badge. Specific statements can be verified and communicated with a digital badge. Multiple badges can be assembled in an open badge passport that students can share with potential employers

Indonesia uses the blockchain to verify electronic wallets. Users upload claims with a verification link and other users verify that claim.

3. Record of the students. Sony Global Education has developed an educational platform in collaboration with IBM that uses blockchain to protect and share student records.

Filing a complete student record on a distributed ledger can be intensely computational and, therefore, prohibitively expensive. As envisioned by Pittinsky, the DLT can simply be used as a directory rather than a data warehouse.

4. Identity. With the proliferation of apps and learning services, identity management is a big problem in education. Platforms like Blockstack and uPort help users bring their identity on the Internet. On Blockstack, users will access apps on decentralized networks and will have data portability.

6. Security of the infrastructure. As schools add more cameras and security sensors, they must protect their networks from hackers. Companies like Xage are using blockchain tamper-proof registers to share security data across device networks.

7. Ridesharing. Blockchain could inject new options into the rideshare oligopoly. With a distributed ledger, pilots and pilots could create a more user-oriented value-oriented market. The departure of DLT rideshare Arcade City allows drivers to set their rates (taking a percentage of the riders' fares) with the blockchain which records all interactions. Arcade City is aimed at professional pilots, who want to build their own businesses rather than being controlled by a company headquarters.

School districts could negotiate with a group of Arcade city drivers projected for the difficult aspects of pupil transportation (eg needs, isolated students, work-based learning).

13. Storage of memory. Because students and educational institutions store more data, DLT cloud storage may offer safer and potentially cheaper alternatives. Dubbed "Airbnb for file storage", Filecoin is a high-profile cryptographic project that rewards file hosting.

14. Energy management. For educational institutions with renewable energy sources, the DLT could reduce the need for intermediaries. The Brooklyn startup Transactive Grid allows decentralized power generation schemes that allow entities to generate, buy and sell energy to their neighbors.

15. Prepaid cards. Blockchains can help retailers offer gift certificates and loyalty programs without an intermediary. Gyft, an online platform for the purchase, sending and redemption of gift certificates, has partnered with the Chain Blockchain infrastructure provider to execute gift cards for thousands of small businesses on the blockchain, in a program called Gyft Block. Loyyal makes loyalty incentives easily tradable between different sectors.

Prepaid cards could be used by cities, schools and families to acquire school learning experiences (such as an LRNG card) and associated transportation (No. 7).

16. Smart contracts. DLT can be used to automatically execute agreements once the specified conditions are met. These "smart contracts" have the potential to reduce documents in many areas, including education.

Woolf University, made up of Oxford professors, will use DLT to execute smart contracts. A series of "check-ins" for students and teachers are fundamental for the execution of a series of intelligent contracts that validate the participation and completion of the tasks. A check-in can be as simple as clicking on a button on a phone app but running a smart contract that pays the teacher and provides microcredit to the student.

DLT could facilitate distributed learning. A state or institution could fund a student's account using blockchain-based smart contracts and provide all funding in advance. Smart contracts release it when certain criteria are met. (There is obviously a lot of policy to understand: desirable experiences and verification of competences, suppliers, suitable terms and conditions, etc.)

17. Learning market. The main competence of DLT is eliminating the intermediary. It will be used to create different learning markets from the preparation of tests to the surf school.

TeachMePlease is a Russian pilot on the Discipline platform where teachers and students meet. Help students find and pay for courses, recorded by educational organizations or teachers. Woolf (No. 16) is an example of a new higher market.

18. Records management. DLT could reduce paper-based processes, minimize fraud and increase accountability between authorities and those who serve. A prime example, the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, aims to create an appropriate legal infrastructure for distributed accounting book shares, to increase the efficiency and speed of incorporation services. Illinois, Vermont and other states have announced similar initiatives. Start-ups also assist in the effort: in Eastern Europe, the BitFury Group is currently working with the Georgian government to secure and track government registers.

19 . Retail. DLT could securely connect buyers and sellers to the markets. For example, OpenBazaar operates as an open source peer-to-peer network that connects buyers and sellers without intermediaries. Customers buy goods using any of the 50 cryptocurrencies and sellers are paid in Bitcoins.

DLT could be used to power school shops and student companies. In some cases, a global network would be attractive, but in others, a licensed (private) ledger could limit the scope of a school economy.

20. Charity. For charitable donations, DLT offers the possibility to accurately monitor donations and, in some cases, the impact. For example, GiveTrack, of the BitGive Foundation, is a blockchain-based donation platform that offers the ability to transfer, track and provide a permanent record of charitable financial transactions worldwide.

Donors to schools and NGOs can find responsibility and transparency attractive.

21. Human resources. Conducting background checks and checking the chronology of employment can be a task that takes a lot of time and a lot of manual for human resource professionals. If the employment and the criminal record were filed in DLT, HR professionals could simplify the selection process and advance recruitment processes more quickly.

Chronobank focuses on improving short-term recruitment for jobs on demand (eg cleaning, warehousing, and -commercial). The launch aims to use the blockchain to make it easier for individuals to find work on the fly and be rewarded for their work through a decentralized structure using cryptocurrency, without the involvement of traditional financial institutions.

Schools could use similar skills to replace and manage drivers and for a market of post-school and summer activities.

22. Governance. The benefits of using blockchain for smart contracts and verifiable transactions can also be applied to make business accounting more transparent. The Boardroom app, for example, provides a framework and a governance application that allows companies to manage smart public contracts and authorized Ethereum blockchains.

The app provides an administrative system for organizations to ensure that smart contracts are executed according to the rules encoded on the blockchain (or to update the rules themselves). The commissions may also use the app for proxy voting by shareholders and the management of the collaborative proposal.

23 . Libraries. DLT could help libraries expand their services by creating an enhanced metadata repository, developing a protocol to support community-based collections and facilitating more effective management of digital rights. The San Jose State School of Information received a $ 100,000 grant from the museum and library services institute to fund a one-year project exploring the potential of blockchain technology for information services.

24 . Publishing. Blockchain could have more applications in the publishing sector, from the intrusion in the sector to the management of piracy rights. New platforms are emerging to level the playing field for writers and encourage collaboration between authors, publishers, translators and publishers. Educators, students and NGOs can appreciate the benefits of expanded publishing options.

The author allows writers to publish their work on the platform. Readers can purchase books from the platform using the certification tokens (ATS), a cryptocurrency based on Ethereum, and writers receive 90% of the author's rights in ATS. The authors own the copyright for their work, so they have the freedom to publish it and distribute it elsewhere.

PageMajik is a workflow management system designed to simplify the publishing process. The system provides a secure and centralized catalog of all files, which can easily be accessed by a team of authors, publishers and publishers. The roles, rights and duties of each person can be specified before actually starting to use the platform to minimize errors. PageMajik is about to add blockchain technology to the next version of its workflow system.

25 . Public assistance. Blockchain could help simplify the system of public assistance for families and students. The UK started working with the GovCoin Systems startup in 2016 to conduct trials for the development of a blockchain-based solution for welfare payments. GovCoin divides the money into separate deposits for different expenses. Recipients get access to their benefits that are paid in cryptocurrency via a & # 39; mobile app.

26. Obligations. The World Bank uses the blockchain to sell an "obligation". Moving the process towards the blockchain could reduce costs and accelerate trading for both bond issuers and investors. School districts could benefit from faster and cheaper bond sales.

Writing for Educause, David McArthur outlines the limitations and challenges of DLT solutions in the field of education. He also exposes the advantages of distributed accounting books rather than public accounting books. Queste reti private più piccole potrebbero migliorare la sicurezza e ottenere un consenso più rapido e meno costoso delle transazioni.

"Quando si parla di innovazione educativa, blockchains e libri mastro portano probabilmente a guadagni evolutivi, piuttosto che riforme rivoluzionarie", conclude McArthur.

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