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Improving Student Tech-Life Balance With Digital Wellness Month

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 105AB

Rich Boettner   Mark Pohlman  
Hilliard has created the nation's first digital wellness month that aims to increase awareness (of parents and students) on living with tech/life balance. Screentime is increasing among students as devices and apps are becoming more addictive. Find out how to equip parents, teachers and students to live healthier digital lives.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the session is to encourage administrators and teachers to create their own digital wellness initiative. The objectives are to: (1) help attendees discover what digital wellness is (a healthy relationship with technology), (2) get strategies for introducing the concept to parents and students through in-class and home-based activities, and (3) present attendees with insights from beyond K12 that may otherwise be difficult to discover.

Participant outcomes:
(1) Create their own digital wellness initiative - which could last for one day or one month.
(2) Be able to communicate clearly to teachers, parents and students about the risks of excess screentime.
(3) Walk away with several lesson plans and homework activities which have a variety of formats.

We will we will refer to lessons developed and shared on our Digital Wellness page on the district website. These are a consolidation of ideas, strategies and lessons that have been developed by a variety of organizations.

Since Digital Wellness Month, we have seen a significant increase in teachers focusing on wellness, citizenship and etiquette lessons in class. The month has created the awareness we were looking for that is now carrying through the whole year.


(1) Overview of Hilliard City Schools' 2017-19 digital wellness months: activities, lessons, challenges, successes
(2) Strategies and tactics from teachers and tech specialists across the Hilliard City School District
(3) Tech tools that can be used to contribute to teaching digital wellness: including Flipd and Headspace

Each content component will take 20 minutes

Hilliard Schools
-Who are we?
-What are we doing?
How we got started
-Identifying a need, why is digital wellness important?
-Why is wellness a critical addition to citizenship and safety?
-Development of the idea (research and resources)
Strategies - 4 Keys of Digital Wellness
-Wellness - Balance is best
-Citizenship - Be elite
-Etiquette - It’s cool to be kind
-Safety - Be aware
Tech Tools - Flipd and Headspace
-Further ideas for teaching wellness

Supporting research

Pew Research
Teens, Social Media and Technology Survey - May 2018:

Canadian Paediatric Society
Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world - Nov 2017:

Mayo Clinic
Screen time and children — How to guide your child:

How Too Much Screen Time Affects Kids' Bodies And Brains:

Flipd Blog
Articles about Digital Wellness

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Rich Boettner, Hilliard City Schools
Mark Pohlman, Hilliard City School District

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