Technology troubles solved by Perse students with Digistart community scheme
8 Apr 2019
Upper Sixth students have been helping older people get to grips with technology as part of their enrichment programme.
The Digistart scheme has seen a group of Perse Sixth Formers show retired members of the local community how to get the most from their computers and smartphones. Residents have met the students once a fortnight for one-to-one tutorials at the school and focused on areas they want help with, whether it be ordering shopping online, using Skype or sending emails.
The students produced an informative Digistart guide for each person they have been working with. The booklet combines straightforward information and useful graphics to help with everything from recognising scam emails, buying a phone, setting up an online account and creating a table using Excel.
Daniel Morgan and Callum Baylis have been part of the Digistart enrichment group this year and felt the students and those attending the sessions alike had benefited from the programme.
Daniel said: “I’ve found it so rewarding just to get out there and help people trying to use what can be complex bits of technology. It’s been a really great experience.”
Callum added: “I’ve had a good response from the people I’ve been helping. Not only have we had a nice time to chat and get to know each other, but they’ve also learnt about how to use their computer and get the most from their day-to-day use of it.”