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Teaching Adults Technology

Updated September 21, 2020

Leacey Brown

SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist

An older couple standing in the kitchen looking at a tablet while cutting a lemon on a wood cutting board

TeachSD Toolkit and Covid-19

The covid-19 pandemic is inspiring many individuals and organization across the country to use technology to connect with the people they serve. Estimates suggest that one in ten Americans do not use the internet. Lack access to broadband and costs associated with technology (e.g., monthly access fee) are barriers to using technology. Another reason for not using technology is not seeing it as relevant to themselves. Covid-19 provides a perfect opportunity to learn and teach technology skills.

Toolkit Summary

The TeachSD toolkit is the result of a two-year intergenerational technology program pilot. The toolkit includes three videos, an implementation guide, and a technology trainer orientation guide. These materials are designed to help individuals and communities develop an intergenerational technology training program in their community.

The videos developed for the TeachSD technology trainer orientation may be useful to individuals and organizations that are connecting with the people they serve through technology. The videos are free to be used by anyone and can be found on the SDSU Extension YouTube channel.


An older male adult composing an illustration on a computer screen.

Introduction to Aging

This short video explains the difference between aging and disability, how aging and disability impacts technology learning, and provides a real-life example of an older adult using technology to make art.

Diagram of two heads representing sequential and random thinking.

Understanding Learning Styles

All people perceive and understand the world around them different. These differences can affect our experiences teaching and learning new skills.

Young adult teaching a tablet lesson to an older adult.

Advanced Teaching Technology

This video provides tips and tricks for teaching technology skills to individuals who have limited experience using technology.


If you would like to receive a digital copy of the TeachSD Implementation Guide or the TeachSD Orientation Guide, please provide your contact information using the form below.

Funder Acknowledgement

These materials were made possible because of generous support provided by Grantmakers in Aging and South Dakota Community Foundation.