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Defeating Digital Distractions

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Saturday, December 5, 7:45–8:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Lisa Johnson  
Students are bombarded by tech, distractions and decisions during every moment of their personal/school life. Using student feedback, discussion strategies and research-based practices from colleges/careers, this session highlights strategies, tools, resources, and apps for defeating digital distractions and developing healthy practices for personal/academic use of technology.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
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: - Moment:
- Space:
- Forest:
- Self Control for MacBook:
- StayFocusd:
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This is a session we have offered in multiple capacities and audiences and it has been polished over the last 3 years to make it relevant and practical. Based on our longitudinal student data, we have found that more students have strategies to manage distractions and are more in tune with how their devices present themselves in personal and academic settings.

1. Learners will explore the data and anecdata on digital distractions.
2. Learners will be exposed to a variety of tips, tools, apps, books, strategies, writing prompts, and best practices for managing digital distractions in the classroom as well as teaching students to manage their own personal devices.
3. Learners will engage in a variety of discussion prompts to evaluate the current barriers they encounter and crowdsource ideas for breaking through them.

We have found that this is a really hot topic and the best way to solve the problem is with transparency and clear and frequent communication. The support site is constantly evolving as we discover new tools, tips, and best practices and/or find that our staff, students, and parents need additional resources and research.


1. Discussion Prompts: We will start with some discussion prompts on digital distractions to engage the crowd and collect info using a Google Form that we have used for the past 3 years with students to collect longitudinal data. (7 minutes)
2. Data Revealed: Then we will reveal the data and anecdata from students, staff, and industry experts on the topic of Digital Distractions. (8 minutes)
3. Resource Bundle: Then we will reveal the tips, tools, apps, books, and ideas that staff, students, and industry experts use to handle Digital Distractions. (10 minutes)
4. Discussion Wrap-Up: We will use a Padlet as a wrap-up to gather questions, barriers, and additional tips and best practices. (5 minutes).

Supporting research

BOOKS: I incorporate ideas, tips, and best practices from all of these books. Each book is from a slightly different perspective:

Social Media Wellness: Written by a noted teen and millennial expert, speaker, and educator.
Digital Minimalism: Written by an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University.
Bored and Brilliant: Written by WNYC podcaster.
Make Time: Written by a former designers at Google and YouTube.
Notes on a Nervous Planet: Written by a British author for children and adults.
How to Break Up With Your Phone: Written by an award-winning writer and science journalist.

WEBSITE: This website highlights much of the research we have done in our district as well as the information we have gleaned and curated for our students, staff, and parents. We have done two cell phone challenge weeks as well and are working with the PTO share out best practices and tips.

WEBSITE: I have been teaching students about digital distractions for the past 3 years and have expanded the talks into time management as well. Here are 3 blog posts on the topic:,,

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Lisa Johnson, Eanes Independent School District

Lisa has 17+ years of edu experience. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, & Tech, was featured in the publications "iPads in Education for Dummies” and “The Missing Voices in Ed Tech” and has co-authored the global hit “Hot Apps 4 HOTS.” ADE and PBS Digital Innovator, Lisa's enjoys "cooking up" purposeful, engaging, authentic resources to meet educator’s needs. Her latest recipes are the books “Cultivating Communication in the Classroom” and “Creatively Productive”. In her spare time, she delights in house sprucing, bullet journaling, productivity hacks, traveling to places near and far, and discovering new Netflix series with her hubby.

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