According to a new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, Blockchain will end paper based certificates, automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, increase learner ownership and control over their own data, reduce institutional data costs and risk--but only if open standards are adopted. The JRC report points to likely benefits from blockchain including: Self-sovereignty: users identify themselves while maintaining control over the storage and management of their personal data; Trust: infrastructure that gives people enough confidence in its operations to carry through with transactions such as payments or the issue ...

Post four of our 6-part #RemakeLearning series takes you on a virtual field trip to Montour School District, "home of the evolving educators."

The third post in our 6-part #RemakeLearning series looks at CMU's partnerships with Pittsburgh Districts to advance education innovation and shape a new K-12 approach to computer science.

Combine a makerspace, science fair and a coding bootcamp and you have South Fayette School District, a computational carnival for 3,200 students south of Pittsburgh. With four schools on one suburban campus, South Fayette is the best example of K-12 integrated computational thinking we've seen. Yes, kids are learning to code but more importantly, they are learning to attack complex problems, analyze data, and sprint in teams to public products. Bille Pearce Rondinelli, in her ninth year as Superintendent (left), thinks of computational thinking as the new literacy. Embedded into STEAM studio learning model K-12, computational thinking is the ...

First in a six part series on #RemakeLearning, here's how a loose network of 250 organizations in Pittsburgh are focusing on engaging, relevant and equitable learning.

What does the future of learning look like? More specifically what could we see in 2018? Here's 15 predictions from Tom.

How to prepare for the automation economy? The ASEAN+3 countries (southeast Asian plus China, Japan, South Korea) recently hosted a conference in Seoul in partnership with World Bank and the Korean government to answer that question. The focus was the 4th Industrial Revolution (#4IR). If you forgot what the first three where, here's a handy 'splainer from Deloitte: Harry Patrinos (@hpatrinos) leads the education practice at the World Bank for East Asia and the Pacific and acted as co-host. In his opening comments he reinforced the returns to learning for individuals and countries. He noted that automating is shifting ...

How can leaders respond to the rise of the automation economy? Here's 12 new rules about accelerated learning and how state and local education policymakers can help.

Transforming urban high schools is enormously challenging. In this post, Tom shares 8 effective strategies he's observed through his work and visits to hundreds of schools around the country.

This month Tom traveled to the Fusion conference where he sat down with Bror Saxberg and Jim Shelton of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to hear more about their personalized learning and R&D agenda.

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