decentral schools

an open collection of web3 tools to upgrade your learning space.
What is web3?

01
Financial Literacy

Bitcoin

Every school should have a Bitcoin address for donations, and be running a full node for the community.
Students should be given the chance to learn about how the backbone of web3.0 (the btc blockchain) works.

Before Bitcoin, every student (and teacher) needs to read this

02
Coding

GitHub

All schools run some sort of coding class, the majority of the important code (like Bitcoin) in the world sits on GitHub. 
Students should be given the chance to learn how it works and experiment with it.
GitHub Pages allows you to collaborate and build websites, and host them! (just like this site!)

03
DNS upgrade

Namebase/Handshake

Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet's equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.

Every School now has the opportunity to own their own Top Level Domain - so we don't have to write long addresses like woorannaparkps.vic.edu.au - it could just be 'wooranna'

04
Browser upgrade

Brave Browser

Privacy for students in any learning environment should be a schools priority, brave browser stops third parties spying on its users by default.
Users can also earn rewards for using the browser, and learn about security at the same time.

Brave is a free and open-source web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. based on the Chromium web browser. It blocks ads and website trackers, and provides a way for users to send contributions in the form of Basic Attention Tokens to websites and content creators.

05
Youtube upgrade

LBRY

YouTube has been the #1 search engine for students to learn for years, it has been a great platform up until recently.
Unfortunately anything students upload to YouTube ends up belonging to Google.
Millions of students all over the world have had their work flagged and deleted without any resource.

LBRY is a platform where students and educational institutions own the content they create. To learn more about LBRY from a student perspective.. please watch this student lead interview with LBRY CEO, Jeremy Kauffman here




06
File Hosting upgrade

IPFS

There are so many education based platforms (like Rocketshoes.io) being built on top of this amazing protocol
The Interplanetary File System is a protocol and peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system. IPFS uses content-addressing to uniquely identify each file in a global namespace connecting all computing devices.
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07
Collaboration/proofs/security

Keybase

An amazing decentralised collaborative space for students to share work and retain ownership over their content
It's also a good space to store important documents for school communities.
The proof of identity is something that we think is beneficial for individuals, and schools alike.

08
Social Media upgrade

Peepeth

Most schools have a twitter account, it's time to upgrade that twitter account with a decentralised interface.
Peepeth locks all tweets into the Ethereum blockchain so that they belong to you/your school and can't be deleted by any third party.

09
identification/gateway 

METAMASK

MetaMask is a bridge that allows you to visit the distributed web of tomorrow in your browser today. It allows you to run Ethereum dApps right in your browser without running a full Ethereum node.

 This is an essential tool to utilise software like peepeth

10
Google Apps/OFFICE365 upgrade

BLOCKSTACK

Blockstack is a full-stack decentralized computing network that enables a new generation of applications where developers and users can interact fairly and securely. Blockstack uses blockchain technology to build protocols and developer tools designed to enable a fair and open Internet that returns digital rights to developers and consumers. Led by some of the world’s foremost experts on distributed systems, Blockstack allows users to own their own data that they can take with them from app to app in the ecosystem, along with their Blockstack ID that eliminates the need for password-based logins. The end result is privacy, security, and freedom.


11
HARDWARE

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.

Building a full node is a fun project (PBL) you can do with students of any age, and there are hundreds even more innovative projects online for students to explore.

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