Hello educator and web3 frens,
Things in web3 seem to move towards more mainstream applications every week. Over the past couple of weeks three players in three separate industries–beverages, textbooks, and banks, made moves into NFTs. But this is a web3 AND education newsletter you say. Yes…AND this is important news for the young people that we design learning for every day.
As more and more businesses across a variety of industry sectors adopt NFTs, the more important it is that we are talking about them in our classrooms. If education is about creating conditions for young people to thrive in the world that they exist in, we need to be bringing that world into our instruction.
We don’t know exactly what these tokens will look like for Starbucks, Pearson Publishing, or Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. I am not here to debate if this is good or bad for textbook consumers or the consumer of your mochaccino beverage. Each of these announcements is a signal to me that more and more companies are bringing token-based technology into their operations.
Let’s use the internet analogy again. Point-and-click websites in 1995 weren’t the dynamic visually exciting creations that they are today. But the companies and individuals that were testing the technology were already well ahead of the others. Not everyone stuck it out. Some of those websites created over 25 years ago haven’t changed much since then.
However, go back and check out those early incarnations of the hyperlinked internet and you see a lot of the bones of websites of today. The Wayback Machine
is a great way to do that. I see these early adopters of NFTs similarly to those early adopters of the internet. Trying new things, no clear destination in sight, but willing to try.
Here is a summary of the resources for this week:
📚 Major textbook company shares
that it is making moves into NFTs