Peer teaching and learning for digital literacy

Hello Integrating Technology Colleagues,

This new discussion thread was sparked by a comment from Integrating Technology group member, Joanna Ashley, who wrote in another discussion thread about the LINCS Integrating Technology course, "I have the students who are familiar with technology help those that are less knowledgeable."

Many adult basic skills (including ESL/ESOL) teachers have multi-level classes, not only in terms of basic skills like reading, writing, numeracy/math or English language learning, but also in terms of digital literacy skills in using computers or portable digital devices such as smartphones. One strategy for addressing their different levels of technology skills is peer teaching and learning.

This discussion thread focuses on peer teaching and learning in the use of computers or portable digital devices

  • In this context, how do your adult learners use peer teaching?
  • As a teacher, do you structure this, or do you just let it happen, or both?
  • If you structure peer teaching, what do you do? Give us some examples.
  • When, as a teacher, you do not have a particular technology skill, or know how to use a particular application, what do you do? Do you ask if any of your students know how to do this? If so, do you ask them if they can demonstrate the skill(s), or show the application(s), to the class using a computer and multimedia projector? Do you do something else?
  • What tips do you have for other teachers who want to encourage peer teaching and learning?
  • Can you suggest some good books, articles, audio files (podcasts) or videos that present good strategies for peer teaching and learning in the context of learning digital literacy and technology skills?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

David J. Rosen, Moderator

LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group