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RESTORE: 7 Steps to Finding Balance With Tech in Your Life

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Saturday, December 5, 9:30–10:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Michael Hakkarinen  
We live in an age of disruption, but what are the consequences of this disruption on the lives of our children? The ramifications run deep, and it’s time to shift our focus from the technology itself to its effects on human behavior and mindset. How do we restore balance?

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: This is a 100% tech free session. No tech needed!
Topic: Social emotional learning
Subject area: Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
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.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

At the end of this presentation participants will leave with a new awareness about the dangers of excessive use of technology and a simple algorithmic approach to finding balance and controlling the addictive and impulsive pull of constantly connected devices.


For 30 minute session:
Introduction = 3 minutes
- What is the problem with tech infatuation?

Addictive Features of Smartphones = 10 minutes
- Why are constantly connected devices our new constant companions?

Negative Consequences on Mental and Physical Health = 5 minutes
- sleep deprivation
- dopamine dependence
- mental health issues on the rise at lower ages

Strategies for Finding Balance = 10 minutes
- the RESTORE algorithm
Set Limits
Take a break and power
Run the experiment
Encourage others

Conclusion = 2 minutes

Supporting research

My presentation cites research that is also shared on my website at

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Michael Hakkarinen, Utah State Board of Education
ISTE Certified Educator

Michael Hakkarinen is an ISTE Certified Educator and the "Harmonize Success Coach" for 42 Lines. With a career in education that began in 2002 as an elementary school teacher in Frederick, Maryland, Michael moved to Utah in 2013 to become an EdTech for Canyons School District before joining the Utah Education Network team in 2015. From 2014-2018 Michael also served on the UCET board, Utah’s ISTE Affiliate Organization, and as UCET President (2016-17). Over the last three years Michael has presented his “RESTORE” keynote over 30 times around the United States.

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