Saintfield High School

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Saintfield generations link up with IT!

Saintfield generations link up with IT!

Saintfield High School has been the place to be over the last 11 weeks to learn how to get online! The school had been keen to develop intergenerational and community activities and eagerly got involved in the ‘Digital Age Project’. Monday afternoons saw pupils from Year 11 volunteer to stay behind in school each week to help a group of older learners from the local Saintfield Parish Church’s ‘Wednesday Welcome Group’ become more confident in using technology and see how it could be applied to their everyday lives. A few other local over 55’s took the opportunity to join in the sessions and one is now a new Wednesday Welcome group member! Pupils acted as ‘tutors’ teaching individuals on a one to one basis using The Digital Age Project IT ‘toolkit’. This free, easy to use resource can be downloaded by any individual or organisation from www.digital-age.org.uk. This project was set up and co-ordinated by Linking Generations NI with sessions overseen by Paul O’Hare, computer tutor for partner organisation Ignite IT. It aimed to bring generations in communities together in order to build positive relationships and enable older participants to develop their digital and online skills.
Pupils commented that it was very satisfying sharing their IT knowledge with others and seeing individuals become confident in using websites and apps relating to their specific interests. They said they had enjoyed meeting the older learners, the sessions were good fun and they found it interesting swapping life stories, adding that they had gained patience and confidence in their own abilities with some stating they would like to work with older people as a career. Older participants commented that it was a happy, relaxed group with polite, enthusiastic and helpful pupils and most felt they had gained confidence in using their iPads and tablets. Working at their own pace proved to be a great way to learn in an informal supportive environment. The school intends to continue to develop their links with the Wednesday Welcome Group and to reach out to elders in the local care home.