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Intergenerational technology learning between students and residents

Intergenerational technology learning between students and residents

Rangitoto College students have been sharing their technology knowledge with the residents of Arvida Knightsbridge community in Windsor Park, Auckland.

The group of 8 - 10 students and their teachers regularly visit the residents with a technology presentation (recently it was the topic of social media while the next will be artificial intelligence), followed by a troubleshooting session where the residents can bring their own device issues for advice.

Some of the tech challenges raised so far have included how to download an app and uploading photos; deleting unwanted files; connecting to a printer; how to install audio books etc.

Secretary of the Arvida Residents’ Committee, Michael Gifford says the feedback from residents has been overwhelmingly positive – noting how valued they feel and how courteous and confident the next generation is.

“The value in this is that it brings young people and older people together so they can share knowledge and experiences. I’ve been most impressed with how the young people relate to the residents. it’s inspiring to see.”

The resident-led initiative began earlier this year with the college inviting the community to attend their annual production and musical recitals. Students have also come to the village to perform on Sunday afternoons and at special functions.

The intergenerational learning has developed into the regular technology sessions and there are also plans to host a high tea function later in the year with the food made by the students.

Photo - Rangitoto College student, Sebastian Camus Rogers with Arvida Knightsbridge resident, Frances Hensen