It was looking over at her neighbour, head down, completely absorbed in her tablet screen that inspired our founder, Sally, to create DigiLearn. Sally wasn’t feeling excluded, being ignored in favour of a smart device. After all, it was teaching her neighbour to use her device that brought them together that evening.
From showing a neighbour to shop online in her living room to organizing tech coaching for seniors in classrooms.
Most DigiLearn programs still offer personalized coaching based on individual learning styles and tech comfort levels. Whether one-on-one or in a grouped classroom setting, DigiLearn’s founder has five tested and true rules for teaching the tech basics:
- Keep it simple
The beauty of tech is in its inclusiveness and flexibility — but all those options can be overwhelming, too. Don’t go signing up for every app and program out there, or shelling out the dollars for extras you don’t need.
- Remember the passwords
It can be as simple as writing passwords down in a notebook or as savvy as using a password vault, like 1Password or LastPass. Lost passwords plague all ages, though, and top DigiLearns’s requests for assistance.
- Know where you’re logging in
This is especially important on shared devices or in programs where you have multiple accounts. If things don’t look as you left them and you’re logged in the right place, the program may have updated its look.
- Close unnecessary tabs and windows
When it feels like forever trying to get your device to follow your commands, check what you’ve got open. Then, close unnecessary tabs, apps and programs to help speed things up.
- Write down the instructions
Whether you’re the student or the coach, write down the steps. No one’s memory is perfect and different folks have different learning styles. This is one of the reasons all the classes we teach at DigiLearn include handouts to take home!
Through supportive and engaging technology coaching, adults and seniors can be empowered to bridge geographical gaps; reach out to find friends old and new, and take advantage of the healthy emotional outlets that technology offers, like blogging and podcasting.
If you’re trying to teach yourself tech or teaching a friend or loved one to use their devices, DigiLearn can help.
We offer one-on-one coaching as well as small group sessions that ensure you get personalized assistance. Learn more at https://www.digilearn.ca/programs/
Do you have any tech teaching tips to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!