Published on Thu, 03/28/2019 by ABC Life Literacy Canada

Connecting tech-savvy youths with adult learners

Many young Canadians have grown up with technology as a constant in their lives. They’ve always had the Internet at their fingertips; mobile devices and tablets always on-hand to be kept up-to-date on the latest news. For these Canadians, the rapidly changing demands of technology are expected and exciting, with the introduction of new devices promising to make everyday tasks easier and quicker.

It would seem that connecting tech-savvy Canadians with those who could learn from their digital know-how could benefit both the teacher and the learner.

Now, how about Canadians who didn’t grow up with the Internet and mobile devices and still don’t use them today because they feel overwhelmed with the technology. Maybe they want to keep in touch with family but the prospect of sending an e-mail or having a video chat seems too complicated. Booking a medical appointment online or paying bills through online banking sound great, but they don’t feel confident to navigate the Internet.

It would seem that connecting tech-savvy Canadians with those who could learn from their digital know-how could benefit both the teacher and the learner.

This is why ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) in collaboration with Youth Empowering Parents (YEP), has launched the program Youth Teaching Adults. This program encourages youth to develop their leadership skills through teaching technology to adults who build confidence and increase their digital literacy skills. YEP has contributed its training methodology, digital literacy lesson plans and an online learning platform to Youth Teaching Adults. ABC is extending the reach of the program to connect under-served communities across the country with the digital literacy program.

Youth Teaching Adults is free and highly flexible with adult learners choosing what they want to learn. The program is currently available in English, with French lesson plans and resources to be introduced this fall. Youth Teaching Adults is presented with funding from the Government of Canada through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program.

To find out more about Youth Teaching Adults, to access online lesson plans, and to sign your organization up to volunteer or to host a workshop, please visit YouthTeachingAdults.ca.

 

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