Crypto is a constant learning curve. Keeping pace with developments in bitcoin, blockchain, and the ever-evolving cryptocurrency ecosystem feels like a full-time job, and that’s just for experienced heads. For novices, it’s tough enough working out where to even start. While crypto wisdom accrues over time, there’s now an array of resources to jumpstart your bitcoin education, with some even rewarding you with tokens to sweeten the deal. Here are five of the best resources for autodidacts of all ability levels.
Token Tuber is a video streaming platform making a concerted effort to better educate its audience on all things crypto. It’s formed an alliance with a growing number of cryptocurrency exchanges to integrate a quiz that pays users to demonstrate their knowledge of digital assets, and to be duly rewarded with tokens and a certificate of achievement.
At the beginning of the 10-question quiz, you’re allocated 1,000 TUBER tokens, but there’s a catch – 100 tokens will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Participants who attain pass marks will be styled as an ‘Accredited Crypto Holder,’ while for those who fail, Token Tuber will recommend further learning on its website. A quick run through of the test confirms that the questions aren’t aimed at complete novices, so if Token Tuber can match knowledge gaps with useful educational content, all the ingredients are here to effectively upskill crypto aficionados. For those who find the promise of 1,000 TUBER a little light for their tastes, participation in the quiz also offers the possibility of winning $10,000.
In addition to creating its own video content which covers topics such as an Introduction to Bitcoin and How does a blockchain work, Token Tuber hosts third party content from original content creators.
Earn.com, which was purchased by Coinbase in April 2018, has ramped up its crypto focus, with many of its incentivized tasks now relating to blockchain projects and rewards paid in BTC. However, for the chance to grab more than just a few dollars of crypto at a time, Earn at Coinbase offers a range of cryptocurrency-specific courses with payment in the cryptocurrency for which the tutorial is based.
For example, the course on DAI pays $20 worth of the stablecoin for the successful completion of all modules, while the course on EOS pays $50 of EOS tokens. In most cases these rewards are spread across a number of lesson modules such as ‘Lesson 1: What is Dai?’ ($2) and ‘Lesson 2: What is DAI used for?’ ($2), so it will take time and effort to earn the full amount offered. That’s the bad news for anyone looking to earn crypto quick rather than treating the rewards as a learning bonus, but the site is currently offering up to $130 of payments across a number of tutorials and currencies, making it one of the most lucrative learning opportunities in the cryptosphere right now.
Binance Academy is the educational division of Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. Unlike Token Tuber, Binance Academy has not gamified this content to incentivize participation, but instead offers it as a free resource. Content has been sorted into five categories: blockchain, security, economics, tutorials and video, and is characterized by deep, original research complemented by clean presentation that aids learning. Another neat feature of Binance Academy is that every article comes with an estimated time to read as well as an audio transcript. The audio transcript is clearly computer generated, but the technology is sophisticated enough that the synthetic voice isn’t overly distracting.
Similar in concept to Token Tuber, Captain Bitcoin hosts video content and offers financial rewards for the completion of designated tasks. In the case of Captain Bitcoin, those rewards are activated by a referral competition, boosting the profile of the site toward its target of 100k users before launch. Right now Captain Bitcoin is offering $15,000 in BTC for users who help to build the community as well as 1,000 captain tokens for each successful referral.
In future, the site intends to give away $1,000 in BTC daily, with users qualifying by watching at least two videos every day. At the moment, the site is in its pre-launch phase, so it isn’t currently possible to stake a claim to the prize pot, since the required video content does not yet exist. As it stands, Captain Bitcoin remains an intriguing concept that could incentivize greater content engagement while boosting learning.
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense introduction to cryptocurrency that gets you up and running as quickly as possible, Bitcoin.com has a wealth of useful resources. From A quick introduction to bitcoin to How do I easily buy and sell Bitcoin? the lessons and tutorials will provide the knowledge you need to safely buy and store crypto and participate in the digital economy.
For developers, Bitcoin.com is equally instructional, providing tools and support to develop products on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. This opens the possibility of creating censorship-resistant applications, as well blockchain commerce options, while providing a range of educational resources specifically aimed at developers.
Whether you’re a bitcoin novice or a cryptocurrency enthusiast looking to smooth over any gaps in your knowledge, there are some great wells of information to draw upon. While the long-term reward derived from exploring these resources is to make you richer in knowledge, a little short-term enrichment of the pocket won’t hurt either. Happy learning.
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