Create digitally creative and confident citizens through intergenerational digital learning

We suggest looking at opportunities for intergenerational learning, especially outside of traditional education settings, to develop digital skills, include all ages of people in the digital world, and challenge misconceptions or fears about digital technology.

Why the contribution is important

One barrier to developing digital skills is that often parents, guardians and other influencers don’t see digital skills as important. Because their young people are already consumers of technology, they think studying it isn’t necessary – “My daughter is on the computer all the time, she doesn’t need to study it”.  But there’s a difference between being a digital native and a digital maker.  

In the summer of 2016, Glasgow Science Centre ran a series of intergenerational coding workshops. The workshops had adults and children working together to create their first project using the BBC micro:bit, a palm-sized gadget that you can control with code.  We found this to be a great way for parents and children to work together and learn more about what is possible using coding. 

by craigsteele on December 06, 2016 at 01:33PM

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  • Posted by ScotGovDigitalFraser December 07, 2016 at 10:09

    Adding creativity to learning with an intergenerational theme can certainly be classes as an innovative way to develop basic and more advance digital skills. Further to this intergenerational learning is also an important element of Social Inclusion.
  • Posted by MartinCoderDojo December 08, 2016 at 14:49

    Glasgow Life ran intergenerational workshops (teach your parent/grandparent/guardian how to code) in their CoderDojo club at the Mitchell Library during National Coding Week. This let adults see the importance of coding and why it's important for young people to learn about it. It also helped with any fears they might have of using technology/coding by showing it isn't scary. Additionally, it let them see how learning to code could help them in both their working and personal life. This is also a good way to get more volunteers as if they want their kids to be taught about coding we are always looking for more volunteer support. The volunteers don't all have to be technology professionals just as long as they are enthusiastic and willing to learn alongside the young people.
  • Posted by KBG December 14, 2016 at 16:08

    Agreed - an appreciation that different ages especially understand what is going on when using a program or app differently and especially the point about the difference between using IT and creating it.
  • Posted by Carolineb December 14, 2016 at 20:48

    Totally agree about the need to educate YP to be creators of content and not just consumers.
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