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 +# Provocation 4 
 +
 +## Turn the challenge of learning about technology into a new social opportunity - and make it fun.
 +
 +Learning how to use digital technology can be challenging. It takes
 +time, and having someone to help can be important. Loneliness and
 +isolation are a big challenge later in life. By getting together so
 +learning becomes a social experience we can achieve benefits on both
 +fronts, and enjoy the experience as well.
 +
 +The online world can offer new social connections that help combat
 +loneliness and social isolation - but people usually most value some
 +personal contact. Learning about digital technology can be tough on your
 +own - and much research and discussion emphasises the value of learning
 +from each other. The benefits of combining learning and sociability,​ and
 +of learning from peers is well understood.
 +
 +This might be done through a formal session, supported by a tutor - or
 +through an informal social media surgery where those with experience
 +help those completely new to digital technology, or wishing to develop
 +new skills. There is research to support this approach, some provision
 +but also a consensus that more is needed. An added benefit of learning
 +within a group, especially an established peer group, is that the
 +support can be ongoing rather than simply front-loaded.
 +
 +*Challenge: how could more be done to blend formal and informal
 +approaches to make learning about digital technology a social
 +experience, and one that might provide continuing help?*\
 + ​[Comments,​ resources and links to ideas on Storify - and embedded
 +below](http://​storify.com/​dtlater/​pr-4-turn-the-challenge-of-learning-into-a-social)\
 + [View the story “4 Turn the challenge of learning into a social
 +opportunity” on
 +Storify](http://​storify.com/​dtlater/​pr-4-turn-the-challenge-of-learning-into-a-social)
  
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