Make the Future
Summit 2022
Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Tips for Creating Digitally Healthy Students

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, June 25, 10:15–11:15 am
Location: 112AB

James (Joe) Rommel  
Move over Millenials, Generation Z (the iGen) are in our classrooms. This session will focus on the digital health and wellness of these ever-connected students. From fake news to social media come learn how to create 'trusting skeptics' of your students as we examine the need for digital literacy.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Community outreach
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Ensure effective practice in the study of technology and its infusion across the curriculum.
For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be presented current research around Generation Z (iGen).
Working in small groups we will create a working definition of digital literacy, and identify essential skills of a digitally literate student.

Participants will leave the session will tools and strategies to address the skills of creating a digitally literate student (identifying Fake News, promoting a healthy balance of screen time, recognizing signs of digital addiction, tips to reduce anxiety / FOMO surrounding social media, etc.)


Build the Case for digital literacy
Attendees will examine research findings / graphs from Twenge's book that are most applicable for educators. The group will also look at the most recent findings from Common Sense media around social media use by teenagers and investigate a case study of digital addiction. Participants will then work in small groups to identify the essential skills of digitally literacy.

Turning our students into trusting skeptics:
Attendees will learn about resources and strategies to identify and combat fake news, how this idea of fake news effects social media, and how health and wellness of students are affected by both. Attendees will play an interactive 'Real or Fake' game as we examine digital media.

Attendees will share out what resonated with them most in the session and what they can do for their students. The slide deck will share resources for them to use in their classroom.

Supporting research

Jean M. Twenge - iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What That Means for the Rest of Us)

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James (Joe) Rommel, Berrien RESA

Joe Rommel taught multiple grades at the elementary and middle school levels for St. Joseph Public Schools for 15 years. Currently, and for the previous 5 years, he is an educational technology consultant for Berrien RESA serving the nearly 20 school districts and 25,000 students of Berrien County in Southwest Michigan. Joe co-produces the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire and is a certified Google trainer. He is the 2019 president elect of MACUL, Michigan's ISTE affiliate. Joe and his wife Becky live in St. Joseph with their four school aged children: Grace, Ava, James and Gwendolyn.

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