EDUCATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE… TOWARD A CREATIVE AGE
by Karla Arosemena (IVLP from Panama, System Engineer and expert in web development and human computer interaction. She currently works as a professor at the Technological University of Panama, in the computer field)
It is well known that the evolution of new technologies related to computers and networks (aka Internet), has taken us to a point where information is few clicks away of anyone that pursues it. However, according to some authors, this so called information age is getting to an end to make room for a new era: the creative one. In this new era, only those individuals with ability to make things with information and not just to consume it, will succeed, and thus their nations.
However, for many of our rural areas the information age has not taken off yet. Not just because of lack of resources that are part of this age such as computers or Internet connection; but also because of the lack of individuals able to teach on how to properly use these resources to get information.
Obviously technology will move forward regardless of the evolution of people and societies. However, it is important to inform younger generations about the importance of innovation and creativity from the information available.
This proposal seeks to encourage a discussion about the importance of educating new generations in the importance of creating knowledge from the benefits of today technology. “Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century and those who are not”.