Communicating with students about using new technologies for enhancing their learning can be a difficult process, especially if you wish the focus of the learning to be on the content and not the development of a digital skill. Regardless of the focus, providing your students with a scaffolded guide that will help them learn the tool with minimum fuss can be a good support system to reduce stress associated with the process, but also to help foster a basic level of digital fluency.
Guiding students to begin using a new digital tool can be done by directing them to relevant sources of information, including ‘how to’ instructions, support/help websites and forums, and instructional videos published in YouTube. By curating and presenting the information in a central location (eg your topic), you can help your students develop their ability to use the tool and problem solve their digital skills associated with learning new technologies.
If you think any of these guides would be useful to students in your topic, contact your eLearning support team.