Blockchain Essentials in Education

Blockchain essentials in education plus four more stories of the day.

by / April 23, 2018 0

1. Blockchain essentials in education. The Blockchain in Education Conference will enable education professionals to understand how blockchain technology such as cryptocurrency, smart contracts, distributed databases, and public ledgers are, and will continue to transform their sector. We are now seeing start-ups focusing on blockchain – whilst existing technology businesses are integrating blockchain technology into their overall offerings - building pilots and working with customers to develop roadmaps forward.

2. How artificial intelligence is improving assistive technology. The advances in technology could mean more for society than just new educational technology and virtual reality video games. People with disabilities are finding innovative ways to put artificial intelligence to work with their current conditions. As the science improves, assistive technology will continue producing new and improved platforms to help create a better standard of living for those individuals.

3. SETDA revamps help for states adopting digital curriculum. SETDA has updated its free tool for helping schools implement digital curriculum. The latest updates to the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) are intended to clarify state policies and practices. The State Educational Technology Directors Association originally launched DMAPS in 2015 to help educators, policymakers and people in industry understand each state's policies and practices related to instructional materials, as part of helping to promote increased implementation of digital resources. 

4. AI has already started reshaping special education. AI is especially influential for children who need special education. These children mostly have one type of learning disability, so they have some impairments in social skills like language and communication or they have trouble in reading, writing and math. Having all this in mind, it is obvious that the traditional one-size-fits-all approach is not applicable for children taking special education. 

5. Augmented and virtual reality in education. Over the past 12 months, Augmented and Virtual Reality technology has advanced in all sectors - with applications revolutionizing the interactions between human and machine, and humans and virtual reality. Oral Roberts University and the Education Conference Network are pleased to partner on this exciting event - held at Oral Roberts University's Global Learning Center, which is a world innovator and leader in AR/VR learning. The conference will provide delegates with a great opportunity to interact with the latest technologies, and see how they can be integrated within curriculum.

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Susan Gentz Contributing Writer
Susan is passionate about transforming education for every student and works on content for the Center for Digital Education. She loves policy, running and biking, and is a proud Iowa native.