EdUHK students taught elderly to make good use of technology
The Association’s Ellen Li District Elderly Community Centre cooperated with the Student Affairs Office of the Education University of Hong Kong (“EdUHK”) to implement a technology workshop for the elderly. Elders did not only learn how to use applications like Zoom, but also enjoyed some time with the youngsters.
COVID-19 has brought many community programmes online, which blocks elderly who are not familiar with technology. Life gets boring without social activities. To help make life interesting and encourage lifelong learning, the Association invited students from EdUHK to design a series of digital workshops about the latest technology trend for the elders. The elderly attended six lessons and learnt about the basics of Zoom e.g. sharing screen and whiteboard, starting a meeting etc. Also, they were shown different photo editing and sticker creation mobile apps, and website where they can share their stories with family and friends. The lessons were interesting and fostered inter-generational harmony by allowing interaction between the old and the young.
The elderly participants were pleased with the programme and agreed that the content was splendid and useful. Some of them said that their family members were impatient to teach despite the sound knowledge of digital products. Therefore, they appreciated the attitude of the students who answered every single question. With the access to the software and applications, they can now enjoy online activities and build their social network even during the epidemic.