When a new technology reaches the market, even the most technologically advanced people have to take the time to learn how it works and how to implement it in their life. But for those who maybe aren’t as tech-savvy, like those of older generations who may be living in assisted living communities now, it can take a bit more time, patience, and attention to learn these kinds of things.
So if you’re tasked with teaching someone you know and care for how to use a new piece of technology that could benefit their life, here are three tips to help you in educating that person successfully.
Choose Your Words Carefully
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to teach someone something new, be it about technology or anything else, is to assume that they know any of the lingo or jargon associated with that thing. So to ensure that you don’t fall into this trap, you’ll want to be sure that you choose your words very carefully.
As a good rule of thumb, try to start out your teaching by going over some of the most basic terms regarding the technology that you’ll be teaching about. Then, based on what they know and how quickly they’re able to pick up on what you’re teaching, you can start to use the right terminology or some of the shorthand that you might already be comfortable with.
Start With Something Simple
While you might be tempted to just sit down in a single session and teach them everything there is to know about whatever tech they’re trying to learn, this should be avoided.
Especially if you’re working with older people, you’re going to want to start with something that you can then slowly build upon at a later time. By doing this, you’ll be giving them time to receive and absorb the information you’re sharing rather than having it go in one ear and out the other.
Give Them Time To Practice
Once you’ve taught them some kind of principle for the tech that you’re learning about, you should give them time to practice using or seeing the principle that you’ve taught them. Let them get hands-on with the tech and put what you’ve shared into practice. This way, when they’re left on their own to do things in the future, they can have more confidence in their abilities to take action and know what they’re doing without having to call you for more help.
Learning something new is never easy. But by using the tips mentioned above to help you as you teach someone about a new form of technology, you should be able to effectively share your knowledge with them and give them the tools to become self-sufficient.