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Updated: Jun 29, 2022

The Latest From Code Savvy - Code Savvy Presents: Web3

In this month’s Code Savvy Presents podcast, we take a look at Web3. What it is, what it isn’t, and what people think the future holds for this next iteration of the web.

At each step along the progression of the internet, there have been major turning points… Web1 was filled with static pages, created by very few content creators, and not very interactive. Web2 was touted as the participatory social web. This is the internet we know today. Web3 touts more connectedness while allowing for individualized content, better linked metadata, and is built incorporating blockchain technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). It has hopes of being a much more multimedia experience.

There are some that believe this new iteration is not all it’s hyped up to be, and yet others are true believers in the power of the decentralized model that is Web3. And now, Jack Dorsey is claiming they’ll soon release Web5, which combines the best of Web2 and Web3, and promises to allow users to own their own data. Whichever of these stories ends up being correct, we believe it’s always a good thing to be aware of what’s on the horizon and increase your knowledge accordingly.

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This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Juneteenth - Freedom Day

Juneteenth is a meaningful day in the United States and its history. The holiday is observed on the 19th of June, and it is known as the oldest national holiday remembering the termination of slavery in the United States. Although it is the oldest, it was only recognized as a federal holiday as of 2021 when President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. The real driving force behind the fight for this recognition is the African American community, who have been pushing for decades. Including Opal Lee, known as the “grandmother of Juneteenth,” who created walking campaigns across the country to help get Juneteenth accepted as a national holiday.

On June 19th, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Granger from the Union Army arrived and read General Orders No. 3, stating that all slaves were free. The announcement was delivered over two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. This occurred all across the South, making the events on Juneteenth the most recognized day but not the only one. General Orders No. 3 were read throughout the South after the Union Army was able to win more battles and occupy territory in the South. Although there is no concrete answer to why this proclamation took so long to reach the South, most research suggests that it was because white slave owners did not want to lose hold on the slaves. The announcement was also delayed because there were not enough Union generals who could go across every part of the Confederate states to share the news. Once formerly enslaved African Americans moved elsewhere from Galveston, they brought the celebration and remembrance of Juneteenth to the North. This proclamation did not grant absolute freedom and equality for African Americans in the United States. Therefore, Juneteenth is used as a reminder of the continuous discrimination faced by the African American community and represents an unfulfilled promise.

Try this Minecraft Juneteenth Lesson Plan, where students will learn about the significance of Juneteenth, why it's an important day, and why it’s considered a day of freedom and celebration. Students will also learn skills in character development, creativity, and critical thinking.

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