Tips for Creating Digitally Healthy Students
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Tuesday, June 25, 10:15–11:15 am
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|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Subject area:||Language arts, Health and physical education|
|ISTE Standards:||For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
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.
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)
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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