What’s the latest blockchain news in K-12?

Other industry news: Schools partner with PGE, Edupoint Educational Systems, Zayo Group Holdings and Canon Solutions America
By: | Issue: March 2020
February 13, 2020
Students will have sole ownership over their person data with the release of a new school block solution later this year. Other education industry news include school partnerships with K-12 solution providers. Photo Credit: gettyimages.com: Feodora Chiosea

Velocity Network Foundation is rolling out a school blockchain-powered and open-source career-credential platform that will provide students with sole ownership over their personal data.

Students will be able to store and send data to potential employers for verification and transactions without relying on a district’s central database. The foundation plans to make the network available by the end of 2020. To participate, entities must join the foundation as members.

Other education industry news:

Portland Public Schools (Ore.) and Portland General Electric Company (PGE) will create a comprehensive K-12 curriculum by fall 2021 that explores the causes, consequences and potential solutions to climate change. PGE employees will serve as content experts, teaching students how clean energy can reduce carbon emissions. The district and other community organizations will convene to inform curriculum development.

Gallup-McKinley County Schools (N.M.) has entered an education partnership with Edupoint Educational Systems. The school system will use Edupoint’s cloud-based Synergy Education Platform to manage student, special education and analytics information. Administrators will have the ability to access data in real-time, check student IDs and print hall passes with an optional third-party mobile printer.

Related: New partnerships help schools enhance services for students, educators

Related: Districts partner with providers on training, wellness, conservation programs

Denver Public Schools has increased the bandwidth capacity of 132 schools by approximately 500% after leasing Zayo Group Holdings’ dark fiber private network. The upgrade should eliminate congestion issues caused by video surveillance and will allow teachers to use more digital resources such as streaming media in classrooms.

Canon Solutions America has announced a new school partnership with Manor ISD. The Texas district now has advanced districtwide print security and efficiency using Canon’s software and units. An analog fax line was replaced with RightFax, a computer-based solution that helps maintain compliance with HIPAA laws by managing and distributing sensitive documents such as student medical records. Canon is also supporting disadvantaged students as part of the district’s active youth mentorship initiative.

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