There are many fantastic tools which you can use to help and inspire your learners remotely. There are online communication tools such as Zoom which you can use to support your learners and which can also then help them to stay in touch with family and friends. There are also lots of online tools which can be used recreationally to support and develop interests.
In this third guide of our series on being a Remote Digital Champion, we take a look at these different types of tech and tools.
Not having access to a computing device and an internet connection can be one of the biggest barriers to helping someone to get online, so what can you do if you want to help someone in this situation? Here are some ideas.
Finding a device
There are many free online communication tools that you can use when working with learners remotely. The best tool to use will vary between learners and may also be different for different sessions with the same learner. An example of this is that if your learner wanted to ask for a recommendation about what to think about when buying a smartphone, a phone call would suffice. If they wanted your help with setting up their own email address, a tool which enabled you to share screens would be more appropriate. Listed below are some of the most popular communication tools with links to guides to help get you and your learner started.
“People mainly want to understand the difference between the tools they can use to connect online, such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and Zoom. I’ve been mainly using Zoom for my learning sessions over the past week or so because it is mostly stable and is good for managing privacy as you don’t have to share contact details. It’s also intuitive for most people to use and is free for one to one calls.”
Ensuring that your learner is set up with the online tools that they need to communicate with you, their family and friends is great. However, it’s also important to introduce them to some fun ideas for what they can use the online world for – beyond necessary life functions like online shopping.
Champions have been telling us some wonderful stories of the things that they’ve been doing with their learners.
Now that you're up to speed with tech and tool ideas, here are some suggested next steps for you.