The Power of Creation and Expression in Digital-Age Children
It is said that the world has become smaller. This is due mainly to the technologies of transport and communication. People, goods, and information come and go at dazzling speeds. The twentieth century consisted of a hundred years of scientific evolution. However, the twenty-first century has opened up with terrorism, as if disapproving of this evolution. On the 11 September 2001, the skyscrapers that had been built by the power of science were smashed down by aeroplanes, another symbol of science. This incident shook us into realizing that our world is in fact truly multidimensional. There are many different people on the Earth. We all have different styles of life, and the beliefs that each of us holds are different, too.
The world emerging right now is distinctly different from the past. The difference is that today we are digitally connected. When we are connected via networks, we can deepen our understanding of each other. Vast amounts of information are being exchanged in styles and methods never dreamt of before. This has an impact on the way we raise the next generation and the way in which they learn to express themselves. What follows in this article is a description of workshops held for children in Japan to prepare them for participating in this interconnected world by learning to make creative use of both conventional and new technologies. The article is divided into two parts. The first describes the project and the rationale for it. The second describes some of the visual and sound workshops that have been held to encourage children to express their creativity in new and old ways and to understand the importance of cooperating and communicating.
KeywordsNonprofit Organization Video Conference System Interconnected World Expressive Capability Overseas Group
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