Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Sunday, April 7 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Roundtable Discussion 1: Living a Healthier Digital Life

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45 minute session

This generation is the first to grow up in the digital world – with smartphones, social media, and an unfettered access to information. As educators, we first embraced digital tools and platforms which enabled us to collaborate, communicate, create, but are we not also obliged to prepare our students to deal with the adverse aspects of growing up online? These may include prolonged screen time leading to addiction, understanding “filter bubbles” and other machinations of social media, understanding how their personal data is collected and taking steps to protect it.

Our roundtable discussion will begin with research by Dr. Jean Twenge, and others, about the generational changes since the release of the iPhone, and the impact on our teens’ brains. Important questions to ask: How do we educate our students to be aware of the ill effects of too much screen time and give them tools that lead to a healthy balanced life? And: With so much of our students’ data stored in the US, what steps should we take to protect it?

We will share with each other programs and/or initiatives implemented to deal with these issues and discuss ways to help our students design and take control of their own digital lives.

avatar for Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

Assistant Head High School, St. George's School of Montreal
A graduate of McGill University, Michael began his career as a Physical Education and Health Specialist at St. George's School of Montreal's Elementary School and is currently the Assistant Head, High School. A staunch believer in one of St. George's founding principles "Health must... Read More →

Cyndy Borden

Coordinator of Educational Technology, St. George's School of Montreal
Cyndy Borden has worked in Educational Technology for more than 20 years. Beginning in the public sector, she moved to St. George's School of Montreal 12 years ago. Cyndy's work includes promoting healthy digital citizenship. Recent research has brought her to question the use of... Read More →

Sunday April 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm EDT
Plaza Ballroom AB