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Program Summary

This toolkit is a comprehensive package, including all the necessary information to implement or enhance an existing technology training program in your community. The toolkit consists of the Intergenerational Technology Program Implementation Guide, the Volunteer Technology Trainer Orientation Guide, the Orientation Videos, and in-design templates for program customization. What makes TeachSD unique is its emphasis on preparing younger people to teach Adult Learners. Participants learn to differentiate between aging and disability, increase understanding of learning styles, and learn strategies to teach Adult Learners. This foundational knowledge equips Volunteer Technology Trainers to be more effective teachers.

Program Benefits

  • Increase confidence among older adults to use technology.
  • Increase gerontological literacy (i.e., facts on aging) among younger people.
  • Enhance technology teaching skills in younger people.

Target Audience

Volunteer Technology Trainers: The target audience for volunteers is younger people between the ages of 14 to 24, but volunteers of other ages are welcome.

Program Length

1-time program to train volunteer technology trainers

Program Cost


Equipment Needed

The Volunteer Technology Trainers Orientation requires equipment that is not included in the TeachSD Toolkit, including, low vision simulators, hearing loss simulators, disposable gloves, and masking tape. The Toolkit provides guidance on securing these items. The estimated cost is $50 per set. Six sets are recommended.

Want to Know More?

To learn more about the program, please visit this site.


If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Leacey Brown, South Dakota State University Extension Gerontology Field Specialist, at or (605) 394-1722.

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