Posts Tagged ‘next’
Every day for the last four years, my reflection on “best” practices gets some views. My thoughts were incomplete so I wrote a follow-up in 2015 with links to others who had written about why “best” practices might be one of the worst ideas.
Unfortunately, that term persists.
This tweet is probably one of the best arguments against the term” “Best practices lose their effectiveness when we use them as an excuse to keep doing what we’ve been doing”.
In other words, what we might think as the best practices might create complacency and stop us from thinking about next practices. What is even better? What is truly creative and innovative? What is more efficient and effective?
Fintech is short for financial technology. Examples might include digital wallets, apps for funds transfer, and bitcoin.
That is the limit of what I know about fintech. Oh, and that it promises to be a big moneymaker.
What I understand more deeply is educational technology. So when I read TechCrunch’s article Edtech is the next fintech, I shuddered.
I read with dread the dry descriptions of money-making and profit potential from this sector. It was like watching the Greek gods dispassionately play chess with human pieces.
We already have vendors and providers with little idea telling teachers what they are doing wrong and how to do it right, i.e., their way or the old way packaged in shinier parcels. We do not need more of that.
But we will get more. Many will be led by their pockets. Very few will have their hearts and minds in the right place.