Hello educator and web3 frens,
There is an undeniable curiosity that educators possess as part of their professions. We are regularly tasked with learning new things, processing new information, and applying new ideas. Being an educator in the third millennium requires us to be life-long learners.
That truth is more evident as the internet has evolved with blockchain, NFTs, and cryptocurrencies. Are teachers embracing these changes, or running away because of irrational fears being peddled by the media?
My feeling is that there is a cautious curiosity among educators about this topic. And that is OK. It is much too early for there to be an “all in” approach. The caveat is that full dismissal of these changes will be to the detriment of the young people we are employed to support.
It is hard to find the signal in the noise. There is a lot of noise out there. Decentralized governments, a bitcoin economy, the destruction of big banks! What does this have to do with how I am going to teach math to my 7th graders?
Part of my mission is to creatively share knowledge about the evolution of the internet and to onboard educators to engage with these new tools. That is why I am titling this issue “Back to Basics.”
I start with two podcasts that I think will be helpful for any educator curious about taking their first steps into exploring how the internet is evolving. Both are accessible to anyone at any stage of learning about these topics. When you are ready, start digging through the final article. It is a long read, but full of very interesting information. It is the deepest of deep dives on NFTs.
Here is a summary of the resources for this week:
👼 A podcast interview
with one of my favorite NFT founders, Allyson Downey from Meta Angels
🌐 EdSurge hosted a live podcast
recording from ISTE 22 about the metaverse and education (yours truly makes an appearance in the Q&A section)