The Internet’s Best Introduction to Bitcoin Curriculum

Buy, receive, send, and understand Bitcoin in under six hours

  • studying Bitcoin using the resources most recommended by Bitcoiners,
  • and using Bitcoin by doing activities designed to follow up these resources.
  • A vision (20 minutes)
  • Buy and receive your first satoshis (20 minutes)
  • What is money, and how much do I have? (1 hour)
  • How Bitcoin works (2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Upgrade your self-custody setup (20 minutes)
  • The Lightning Network (30 minutes)
  • Misconceptions, risks, and the community (20 minutes)
  • Construct and follow your transaction (20 minutes)
  • Mobile device (Android or iOS)
  • Computer (OSX, Windows, or Linux)
  • Internet connection
  • 5 hours and 40 minutes
  • I dropped out of school to create my own degree using internet resources, then created dozens of courses and curricula for prominent edtech companies and for my own business. I’ve completed hundreds of online courses and critically reviewed hundreds more — I know what makes a good learning process.
  • I fell down the Bitcoin rabbit hole in 2020. I’ve given tailored Bitcoin onboarding sessions to interested friends and family since mid-2020.

A vision

Bitcoin is Generational Wealth

15 minutes (210k views, 10k likes on YouTube)

Satoshi’s First Email & First Forum Post

5 minutes

Buy and receive your first satoshis

20 minutes

  • download an app on your phone to store your bitcoin,
  • buy your first satoshis privately and securely from a friend or using a voucher system, then
  • receive those satoshis using your app.

What is money, and how much do I have?

The Bullish Case for Bitcoin by Vijay Boyapati

30 minutes (4.8/5 ★★★★★, 333 ratings on Amazon & 35k claps on Medium)

Activities for The Bullish Case for Bitcoin

30 minutes

How Bitcoin works

Inventing Bitcoin by Yan Pritzker

2 hours (4.7/5 ★★★★★, 436 ratings on Amazon)

Activities for Inventing Bitcoin

30 minutes

Upgrade your self-custody setup

20 minutes

  • download a new app on your phone to store your bitcoin,
  • make a backup for a situation where you can no longer access your phone,
  • send the satoshis you bought in the first activity from your old app to your new app, then
  • delete the app and restore your satoshis via backup to simulate a situation where you can no longer access your phone.

The Lightning Network

What is The Lightning Network?

10 minutes (40k views, 1k likes on YouTube)

The State of Lightning: Volume 2

20 minutes

Misconceptions, risks, and the community

Misconceptions and risks

10 minutes

  • the “Common misconceptions” and “Real risks” sections of the article, or
  • chapter 5 of the book (website, Amazon).

The community

10 minutes

Construct and follow your transaction

20 minutes

  • download a new app to store your bitcoin that has more features,
  • make a Lightning transaction and watch it finalize instantaneously, then
  • make a Bitcoin transaction and follow it using a tool called a block explorer.

Next steps

You’ve completed the learning path. Congratulations!

  • If you want to buy up to a few thousand US dollars worth, repeat the process from the Buy and receive your first satoshis section of this learning path. Here’s the post again. Note: you may have to make multiple purchases depending on your chosen purchase method and your desired amount of bitcoin.
  • If you wish to buy more than a few thousand dollars worth, you’ll need to use a different method for purchasing, and potentially a more secure self-custody setup. This post outlines how I would approach buying and storing a significant amount of bitcoin as a beginner.

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