Blockchain for Education
In the past 20 years, robotics, IT, and the internet have made remarkable advancements, but human resources is still the most valuable commodity to most businesses. The future of every industry is determined by a country’s education quality and standings, and businesses spend large amounts on training and upgrading their workforce. Technology isn’t always about replacing jobs or making employee tasks easier. It’s also be about increasing the quality of human capital. Advanced technologies such as Bitcoin can assist in the development of personnel training and solutions.
Managing a school is not a simple task, but the process can be made simpler through the use of blockchain. This technology can be used in a single educational institution, groups of educational institutions, and both national and international bodies. Secure badges, credits, and qualifications, can all be incorporated into online learning while making information available to everyone using blockchain technology.
What is Blockchain?
Even though Blockchain has been around for about a decade, its applications beyond Bitcoin are only now being fully explored. This is because for many, the technology still seems to be a mysterious set of ones and zeroes. Let’s consider what it is for a moment. Blockchain is the backbone of a new type of internet. In simple terms, it is a distributed database where information is public and easily verifiable and spread across many computers with no centralized version to be corrupted.
10 ways Blockchain can make communication in education simple in Trinidad and Tobago
Blockchain technology can be used across all levels of education, but would prove most useful from secondary school into tertiary and vocational arenas. Most importantly, Blockchain technology can be used to empower students in low socioeconomic areas to be on even playing field and influence their futures. A program comprised of a series of initiatives can include:
- Proof of existence – where a student can by provide proof of their work – like a picture they have personally taken that belongs to them.
- Proof of importance (Voting) – setting up a voting system that would allow students to vote for their favorite books to read as literature in school.
- Authenticated Reporting – providing a safe, secure and unchanging environment using blockchain so grades and credits can be saved and transferred.
- Creating school’s OWN currency – providing a system for students to create their own currency that can be used for school’s library books or lunches. It can also inspire students to create their own currency for fun uses such as trading items and tracking them with special codes as the items make their way around the school.
Other ways in which blockchain can be used throughout secondary schools, universities and colleges:
- Fairness and Equality – credits can be earned that would be reviewed by a teacher outside of the school, which can be posted online as accepted proof of qualifications once the credits have been approved.
- Transparent Eligibility – universities and colleges will also be able to use these credits in extracurricular activities or non-academic subjects in assessing candidates beyond school performance: no CSEC, A’ Levels or entrance essay required since the candidate’s activities can be viewed at a glance.
- Opportunities – Students can respond to a common assignment posted by media houses looking for youth voices.
- Develop projects that matter – students can be engaged in real-world projects that that matter, and not be unnecessarily pressured with random tests of isolated skills.
- Authenticity – Store and deliver secondary and university diplomas to avoid fake certification.
- Improve Student Satisfaction – Track participants through courses and degrees; receive real time performances related to progress, allowing students to earn token incentives and scholarships for certain courses, thus solving some motivation issues. This will allow students to receive a strong visibility in competitive job markets as they have proof of participation in various distributed learning activities
Individuals, a single institution, group and both national and international bodies have use for blockchain technology in Trinidad and Tobago. It is most relevant in our secondary, tertiary and vocational educational institutions. A program of a series of initiatives can include a student proving his or her work was actually indeed done by them to allowing students to earn token incentives and scholarships for certain courses. Illustrating participation in various distributed learning activities will allow students to receive a strong visibility in competitive job markets. Here, technology is the focus rather than the old hierarchy: it is directly investing in technology rather than through the institution.
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