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Ed3 Weekly Issue #44: It's a Web3 Party
Hello web3 and education frens,
Apologies for publishing a day late, been a busy week!
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I get pretty excited each week as I gather the article and news that I will share. Not all my resources speak explicitly to education. And I don’t always draw the through line as explicitly as you may want.
For example, why am I sharing about the challenges of privacy in the metaverse? Three reasons, first it opens up new areas of exploration around motion detection technology. Secondly, it restructures how we imagine data collection and security. And finally, it demands new knowledge of processing power and AI.
I share this because the web3 party has definitely started. Across multiple sectors and disciplines, blockchain connections are emerging. If you are involved in any type of education in the next 20 years you will need to have some foundational knowledge of how the blockchain will impact your work.
This is similar to the internet revolution of 2000. Can you imagine trying to function in a classroom right now without a basic working understanding of the internet? You don’t need to know how to set up a WIFI router, or even configure your IP parameter, but you do need to how to transfer files, write an email, and upload a video.
I see a similar thing happening with web3 right now. This week I have more resources to help you become a more skilled and aware educator about this new technology. You’ll find resources on the following:
🌐 Study on how the metaverse could make our identity even less secure
🏀 NYU announces a new web3 and sports collaboration that could be the first of its kind
🤓 Metamask shares its new web3 learning platform
📺 YouTube reveals their new CEO who has blogged about the potential of NFTs
Image Credit: Image by Louis Rosenberg via Midjourney
Data privacy has been a major concern for the web2 ecosystem. Web3 has promised more user anonymity in a decentralized system that avoids the level of data farming that we have come too accustomed to. But is it possible that the metaverse is going to make privacy even more difficult?
Louis Rosenberg outlines this in this article from Venture Beat. XR technology can use motion data as a way to identify users. This opens up entirely new worlds of security that haven’t had to be considered before.
Several universities are delivering instruction on blockchain and web3. This announcement by NYU might be one of the first to specifically address web3 applications in sports. This quote from NYU SPS Dean Angie Kamath sums up how sports will be an impactful part of web3’s future.
“Web3 and blockchain technologies will have a large role to play, not just in the sports industry but in every industry that touches our lives. As a leading institution of applied, action-oriented learning and professional education, it is NYU SPS’ responsibility to prepare our students and faculty for success in every industry. Our partnership with the NEAR Foundation will give our NYU SPS community access to a wealth of knowledge and experience in these burgeoning areas of innovation.”
Image by Metamask
I regularly teach people about Metamask when onboarding them onto web3. Now I’ll be onboarding people onto Metamask to teach them about web3. One of the most widely used web3 platforms announced this new learning platform.
You can take a web3 101 course to learn about crypto wallets, digital identity, or self-custody. I spent a few minutes poking around the course selection and content. It is well thought-out and structured as an easy-to-understand introduction to web3.
Image by Cointelegraph
This isn’t the first “this-executive-said-something-about-web3” announcement and probably won’t be the last. But YouTube brings a lot of weight into the content creation world.
This announcement about YouTube’s new CEO included a quote from one of his blog posts. “Web3 also opens up new opportunities for creators. We believe new technologies like blockchain and NFTs can allow creators to build deeper relationships with their fans. Together, they’ll be able to collaborate on new projects and make money in ways not previously possible.”
Let’s see if this is a foreshadowing of how the world’s biggest video and content platform will influence the next iteration of the internet.
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