Divergent Thinking in a Convergent World

Before it runs out, Apple’s App of the Week this week is an awesome app called 2Do. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and download it before it goes away (well, back to its normal price as opposed to FREE!). If you want to know more about it, visit their website. It’s definitely a keeper, I can personally say it’s a super-duper app that can help anyone become more productive and effective – especially if you’re into GTD. It’s a universal app so it’ll work on either iPhone or iPad! And it’s one of the few apps to sync across over to their app on Android too!

We are currently in a bit of a difficult position from a mindset point of view. We have begun to realize that the world needs people who can think divergently while generally, the entire world is converging. If anything, our mind needs to be opened more and more and be able to become adept at thinking divergently when processing information, addressing issues and solving problems. At the same time, we notice that like molecules in a superheated container, dots we assumed were separate are colliding and merging into newer, never-before-seen bigger and weirder dots. I am talking about how technologies, industries and faculties are merging in new ways and we are all struggling to keep up with them.

These two factors are creating all sorts of opportunities (and problems) while our learning and knowledge systems are trying to keep up and rationalize their very relevance and existence.

New models of schools and learning have emerged – and they all look very interesting indeed. There are some that deal with the content of learning and teaching, and some that deal with the process of teaching. Have a look at some of these…

What do you think, what’s happening? Before we go jump ship and go all gooey either way about where education is headed (good or bad), remember this?

Oh, btw, the VIC ed department has just released an app… get it here. Any comments?

Over the next few blogs, I will continue with the theme of ‘Divergent Thinking in a Convergent World’ as we explore how technology and spirituality will mould and shape education and future generations.

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