In Spearfish, South Dakota, Students became the teachers as they helped senior citizens get up to speed with technology. Saturday afternoon, seniors learned how to connect to Wi-Fi, send email and navigate smart phone apps at training sessions.
“I enjoy it and most seniors do because it shows us what’s happened in the last 40, 50, 60 years compared to the new technology,” said class attendee Larry Jefferies.
The program, Teach SD, is part of a youth technology program training session for adult learners. All of the lessons are individualized. Attendees bring their own devices and get to ask questions about the device that they use every day at home.
“The young people and the older people seem to really enjoy the opportunities they get spending time with each other,” said Leacey Brown, SDSU Extension.
The program plans to have more sessions in 2016 and hopes to expand to Rapid City.
In cities and towns across the country, high school and college students are noticing older generations that technology has just left behind and are doing something about it. The digital era is all pervasive and the issue of millions being left behind is not going away. On the contrary, the issue is growing right along with our aging population.
Surprisingly, the only individuals that seem to step forward and assist them are from volunteer organizations or students. A long-term solution should have been in place when the tech industry stopped providing user manuals with devices.
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