What Happens When Tech-Savvy Teens Help Cyberseniors?

In school settings, teachers are older than students. Thus, there is always much discussion around the concept of what’s changed since the teacher was the student’s age, and what that means for education. We look at generational differences between multiple generations. We talk about the future of education: Is it mostly STEM based? Is it all digital?

Sometimes, it is important to remember that all of us need to learn different types of things throughout our lives, and that teachers don’t always take the form of an older, ‘more educated’ person in front of a classroom. The awesome video below is the trailer for a movie called “Cyberseniors”, in which teenagers team up with senior citizens to teach them about the internet. It offers some great takeaways, along with a solid dose of humor. Enjoy!

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Andy W

    July 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    One of my “Day 1″ activities with my 6th graders was to sit them down and tell them that, from that moment on, this classroom was no longer made up of 1 teacher and 31 students, but was made up 32 teachers in the room. At any given moment a question could come up that they would know more about than me and I wanted them to know they had the power to teach me. One of my favorite examples of this was when I returned from a technology conference and learned about a free paint program on the internet that looked pretty awesome (we sketch out lots of diagrams in science class). I walked into class thinking I was about to blow them all away with what this paint program could do. I talked up the program then revealed the name only to have Aaron raise his hand and say, “Oh yeah, I’ve used that program for three months to design graphics for my YouTube channel!” I immediately asked him if he would want to run us through some tutorials on how to use it (for both science class and to design graphics for our OWN YouTube channels!). Look for your little “experts” in your room and don’t be afraid to give them the spotlight. Your entire class wins when this happens! This video helps to prove that we’re never too old to learn and that you can “teach an old dog new tricks!”

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