Digital skills: 「You’re never too old to learn!」 數位技能:活到老學到老



Digital skills: 「You’re never too old to learn!」 數位技能:活到老學到老


有關 「technology(技術)」 的詞彙


Who did Ron contact for the first time in 45 years?


Ron and Jean were married for 56 years, but at the start of the pandemic Jean died of cancer.


Ron Dalton
Three weeks after we got the funeral over with, lockdown came – it couldn’t have come at a worse time.


Stuck shielding at home for months, Ron faced his grief alone until he decided to learn how to video chat.


Ron Dalton
To be quite honest, without my iPad I’d have been totally lost. In my particular position, it is brilliant because I can’t walk, so it’s been a godsend to be able to talk to people, you know, without going out of my house.


He was remotely taught digital skills by local charities in Leeds [in the north of England]. After never having touched a tablet device before last year, he’s now used his to find bereavement counselling and chat to people.


Ron Dalton
At least you’re not talking to faceless people – when you talk to them on the phone, you can’t imagine who you’re really talking to. I’ve got in touch with a cousin of mine in Kent [UK], who I haven’t spoke [spoken] to for 45 years, and I’ve got through to her on Messenger and all you do is press a camera thing and it gets you through. Unbelievable.

「起碼在視頻聊天時,你不會連對方的臉都看不到,但在打電話時,你想像不出到底是在和誰講話。我和住在肯特郡的一個表親取得了聯繫,我已經45年沒和她說過話了,我用通訊軟件 Messenger 聯繫到了她,只需要按下一個攝影頭按鈕,就能通話。真是太神奇了!」

Laxmi Gopal, BBC reporter
And Ron’s experience reflects a trend among his generation. An Ofcom study found the proportion of over-65s using video calling nearly tripled after lockdown, and the Leeds branch of Age UK says during the pandemic it has seen a doubling in demand for its digital support services among older people.

拉克希米‧戈帕爾       BBC通訊員
羅恩的經歷反映了他那一代人的趨勢。英國通訊管理局的一項研究發現,65歲以上人士使用視訊通話的比例是疫情封鎖前的近三倍,另外,英國老年人慈善機構 Age UK 利茲分會表示,疫情期間老年人對其提供的數位支持服務的需求翻了一番。

Of course, it is not about replacing face-to-face contact, but simply offering more options.


Lee Potter, Age UK, Leeds
It is about giving people that choice. We’re trying to give people the skills to… and the access to the devices and the connectivity which are all challenges that we face, but if we can encourage people to give it a go so they can see what it’s like and to use it if they need to.

李‧波特       英國老年人慈善機構 Age UK 利茲分會

There’s work to be done to ensure wider access to the internet and devices for the older community, but the past year of lockdown has at least encouraged more engagement. And the final thought from Ron on Zoom…

要確保老年群體中有更多人能連接互聯網和相關設備,還需要更多的努力,但過去一年的疫情封鎖至少鼓勵了更多人參與其中。透過視頻通訊軟件 Zoom,來聽一聽羅恩的總結。

Ron Dalton
You’re never too old to learn – it’s as simple as that, if I could [can] learn, anybody can.



video chat 視訊聊天

tablet 平板電腦

video calling 視訊通話

connectivity (計算機等電子設備的)連通性;連接

engagement 參與


He got in touch with his cousin in Kent [UK].