New Federal Initiative Will Fund Blockchain Experiments in Education

edsurge | February 06, 2020

New Federal Initiative Will Fund Blockchain Experiments in Education
The U.S. Department of Education hopes that the blockchain technology transforming the finance and logistics industries could play a role in making education records more portable and transparent. The federal agency has provided $2 million to the American Council on Education to organize a new Education Blockchain Initiative, the council announced Thursday. The endeavor will support research about blockchain systems and fund a competition to select experiments testing ways to apply the technology in education. The council has set up a steering committee to oversee the work with representatives from K-12 schools, colleges, education research teams and employers (see full list below).

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This paper will explore how teachers’ well-supported experiences in 1) analyzing data from high-quality assessments, 2) delivering instruction within a high-quality curriculum, and 3) using technology effectively to differentiate instruction can build teacher capacity and teacher confidence and promote equitable literacy education for all students.Although these pillars provide a strong foundation for supporting equity, none of the requirements can be effective if there is a lack of teacher capacity and teacher confidence in our schools—particularly in literacy education.

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