10 Steps to Teach Web3 in 60 Minutes

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Scott David Meyer
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What a week. 😞
Last week, it just didn’t feel right to send out a newsletter about education at the same time war was breaking out in Ukraine. I realized this week, however, the importance of thinking of education as a path to opportunity.
Web3 creates opportunity and should be democratized through education. Educators are key to this effort.
➡️ That’s why this week’s article is all about how to teach web3 in the classroom: Crypto Curriculum - 10 Steps to Teach Web3 in 60 Minutes.
This curriculum is based on my experience teaching web3 online to everyone from 5th graders in India to college students at the University of Texas at Austin. Think of it as a composable lesson plan on web3. Take it, use it, remix it, and add to it. 💿
By helping more educators introduce web3 to all students, we ensure web3 is a force for good, helping everyone - especially refugees and those who lack access. I look forward to your feedback and will share a short preview in this email below.
Keep fighting the good fight. 💪
-Scott

Crypto Curriculum - 10 Steps to Teach Web3 in 60 Minutes — Scott David Meyer
Portable Opportunity with Web3
Over a million Ukrainians are now refugees, pouring across the borders in Europe in an echo of the great migrations in the 1990’s and World War II.
Tracy Brown
GENEVA (AP) — UN refugee agency: 1 million have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, the swiftest exodus of refugees this century.
Portable, verifiable education might be the fastest way for these individuals to find opportunities in their new home.
Understanding web3 is a skill that creates opportunity. The rate and importance of learning about web3 will only increase.
Equitable Access to Web3
Unfortunately, web3 understanding is not equally distributed.
  • Men are more familiar than women
  • Millennials are more familiar than older generations
  • High income individuals are more familiar than lower income groups
How do we provide equitable access to web3? Education is the answer.
By teaching all students core competencies in web3, they have the ability to go deeper and create opportunity for themselves. The portable, verifiable nature of web3 means that this opportunity is available for everyone, regardless of location or background.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of web3 education happening, especially in the halls of traditional institutions. Instead, companies like Rabbithole and Buildspace or DAOs like Invisible College are helping people get started. Tellingly, popular courses on Udemy on Ethereum Development and Cryptocurrency Trading were actually built by the Blockchain at Berkeley student club.
The proliferation of training is a positive step, but most of these opportunities presuppose knowledge of a wallet or a curiosity in web3. How does someone who doesn’t even know that web3 exists get started?
The answer is democratizing web3. Just as we brought keyboarding into the classroom so all students could master the foundational skill, it’s time to bring web3 into the classroom.
10 Steps to Teach Web3 in 60 Minutes
Three frameworks emerged while teaching web3 regardless of age.
  1. It’s not about web3 tech, it’s about impact
  2. Doing > Discussing
  3. We are all Pavlov’s Dogs (we need rewards)
With these concepts in mind, I developed curriculum to cover key concepts students should learn about. Specifically, we wanted to cover:
  • Community-led businesses (DAOs)
  • Internet money (wallets + cryptocurrency)
  • Finding job opportunities and earning crypto in web3
This led to the following ten steps. I’ll share quick overviews in the Tweets below (follow me here if you want to read on Twitter), but you can get all the details and amount of time to spend on each step in the full article here. It’s a tight 60 minutes, but the goal of this curriculum is to give them what they need to continue to explore on their own.
Let’s dive in:
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1. Break the Ice

Yes, icebreakers actually work. Use the icebreaker to identify experience level in web3.

My favorite is Peek-a-boo. Turn cameras off and have students turn them on when their answer is yes.

Then ask:
-do you have a wallet?
-are you excited for class? 😃
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2. Community-based Businesses

Use @gregisenberg Unbundling Reddit concept to show power of community before a business.

Students find a subreddit, identify a problem in community, and create a solution.

What do they need to build it? Usually💰. Perfect transition to DAOs.
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3. Intro to DAOs

What if subreddits had bank accounts?

Introduce ability to solve big problems with strangers - @KrauseHouseDAO @CityDAO @LinksDAO are great examples to use.

Then, head to @DAOCentral. Students find a DAO that interests them and shares it with the class.
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4. Crypto - AKA Internet Money

3 🔑 concepts w/ crypto:
-Geographic independence
-Frictionless
-Micro-transactions

Crypto v trad finance:
-Cost of a wire - $50 fee
-Cost of a check - 2-5 days to clear
-Credit Card - 3% transaction fee
-Crypto - ~$.15 fee https://t.co/kPt7sCjowH
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5. The Long Tail

@chr1sa 's class showcases the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule).

Community-first businesses can tap the long tail to get more idea from more people.

With frictionless payment (crypto), more talent can contribute and get paid, even for a single idea.
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6. Wallets

Wallets unlock opportunities in web3.

Security first:
-wallet address = home address (can share)
-secret recovery phrase = social security number (don't share)

Create wallet second.
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7. Using the Wallet

Students claim a POAP (like this one @Joytatiana made) as a way to get something in their wallet.

If funds are available, send crypto to their wallets (or at least the wallet of your volunteer). This demonstrates the power and speed of moving internet money https://t.co/vKRBg6j8qH
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8. Connect the Wallet

Head to @rabbithole_gg and show how to connect to a site using a wallet.

Explain the concept of signing a contract and give a tour of learning more on Rabbithole if interested.
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9. Earn Crypto

@gitcoin 's quests provide a great way to learn and earn: https://t.co/sGntdGy4Kq

Coinbase's Earn site offers the same but account required: https://t.co/0aOD3HjqvG

Help students see a path to opportunity.
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10. Find a Job

It's early in web3. With time and attention, students can become the next experts in the space.

To show potential, Gaby's Web3 Job Board: https://t.co/HsZtq2RFeo. It does a great job of showing web3 is not all developer jobs.
Educators are Everything
Web3 creates potential solutions to problems facing our world. However, it isn’t a guarantee that web3 technology will be a force for good. It is up to us to make it so.
More specifically, it is up to teachers to make it so.
As Simone eloquently highlights, it is the teachers who will bring opportunities to our communities. They need to know what web3 is and how to best teach it.
Simone
“Educators are everything” - @anay_sim

They are keys to the #rabbithole for @provenauthority and @anay_sim. 🔑 … and many more of us.

Let’s keep @Ed3educators extra safe 🔏 and bring them into the #Eduverse

@Ed3DAO #Ed3 @VritiSaraf @TheTechRabbi @EdTechPeck @MrScottMeyer https://t.co/7rvNhwvDir
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Thank you for thinking through how to onboard the next generation of learners to web3. Find all the details, exercises, timeframes, and images in the article below.
New opportunities are emerging to help teachers co-create and learn together.
  • Ed3 DAO is a great starting place. As a DAO by educators, for educators, you can learn about web3 from other teachers and discuss how to use it in the classroom. The DAO will open soon to the public. In the meantime, you can get started with their k20 Metaverse
  • Invisible College is a great place to learn about web3. While not specifically for educators, watching how they are reimagining a university provides inspiration.
Most importantly, keep fighting the good fight. There are dark days ahead. We can be the light of the new future.
Much love. ❤️
-Scott
Crypto Curriculum - 10 Steps to Teach Web3 in 60 Minutes — Scott David Meyer
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