This intergenerational learning program using video conferencing engages students from their classroom in purposeful conversations with elders at a residential aged care home. Every week during the 2020 school terms, they discussed curriculum topics. Due to COVID-19, they finally met in the same physical area for the first time and just before Christmas . . . but at a distance! It was like a 21st century variation of Romeo and Juliet, but with elders up on the balcony and students on the grass!
Throughout the year of 2020 and COVID-19, school students in their classroom and elders at a residential aged care home participated in weekly intergenerational learning video calls . After a year of seeing each other only via TV screens where both age groups discussed school curriculum topics together, they finally met each other in the same physical space - for the first time - two weeks before Christmas!
Intergenerational Learning Video Calls engage students in their classroom in purposeful discussions based on school curriculum topics with elders at residential aged care homes. This video provides an overview of the program, comments about its effectiveness from a Facility Manager and Elder from an aged care home along with comments from students and parents.
It also provides an overview of two digital video technologies that require little or no user intervention to enable participation in this program by elders living in their own home.
Three minute video showing highlights from Intergenerational Learning video calls in 2019.