Doing IT Differently - H: What's Missing?What will be different at HC in 2008?
H: What's Missing?
In this series I've focused on changes in the Computing learning area. Of course there are also new initiatives in other learning areas and I hope to write about some of those over the next few weeks.
In the last post of this series I'd like to touch on a couple of things I think are still missing if we are to engage all learners in education that leads to purposeful futures.
The first is Social Foresight or Futures Studies. We need to empower students with the knowledge and tools to be able to predict likely futures and create preferred futures - both personal and societal. However we have done little in this area and it has not been a priority in current course development work. This must change.
In the Computing area there are several avenues for exploring possible and preferred futures:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Technological solutions for current local and global challenges
The second is Spirituality. Spirituality is recognised in state and national educational policy but progress in this area has been slow until recently. We need to look for opportunities to address:
- students' sense of deeper meaning, connectedness, purpose and place
- spiritual literacy and spiritual expression
- inspiration and wisdom
- mindfulness and stillness
Above Maslow's need for self-actualization is the need for self-transcendence - a need to be of service to humanity and the planet. Today's global challenges provide many opportunities for expression at this level.
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