AIZ organizes a series of webinars that have a dual purpose: on the one hand to enhance Digital Literacy for the elderly and on the other hand to inspire intelligent start-ups to create technologically innovative products and services tailored to the needs of the elderly. By observing the digital behaviour of senior citizens during this cycle of webinars, young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to listen to their needs and come up with innovative solutions.
The Webinars entitled “Youngsters Teach Grandparents Digital Skills” started in October 2020 and are co-organized by Alexander Innovation Zone SA. and the Macedonia-Thrace Branch of the Greek Computer Society (EPY), Macedonia-Thrace Chapter. All webinars are offered completely free of charge!
The innovation of the “Youngsters Teach Grandparents Digital Skills” initiative lies both in its dual goal and the original way in which elderly people are educated. More specifically, grandparents sit in front of the computer with their grandchildren or nieces, who act as trainers’ assistants. Respectively, their two teachers also belong to different generations: one teacher and one student.
The 1st Webinar entitled “Youngsters Teach Grandparents CODING“ took place on Saturday, October 17, 2020, as part of the celebration of EU Code Week 2020. Grandparents in pairs with their grandchildren or nieces sat at their computer and with the help of their trainers, Dr. Theodouli (Lia) Terzidou, Code week Ambassador in Greece-CS Teacher and Petros Tsiombanis, a high school student, were trained and learned not only how to use the Zoom distance learning platform but also wrote their first lines of code in a fun, playful way at code.org