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Friday, March 26 • 9:30am - 10:15am
Screentime: One district's effort to help students navigate the technology-infused environment in a way that is safe, effective, healthy, and well-balanced 💻

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This presentation was initially planned for March 2020, but then COVID happened. The description below is the original from last year. Obviously, with remote/hybrid learning, screentime has taken on a whole new meaning. This year's presentation/discussion will be primarily focused on Westwood's assessment of screentime during pre-pandemic times, with adaptations as needed to include our experiences this school year.

Children are getting smartphones at much younger ages, some as early as third grade and most by sixth grade. At the same time, most schools have implemented 1:1 programs, resulting in a rapid transition towards the use of digital resources that have traditionally been paper-based. Because of these trends, schools are starting to grapple with the issue of screentime and how to strike a reasonable balance between online and offline learning activities. Parents are also trying to manage technology at home and looking for ways to encourage positive technology habits for their children.

For the reasons stated above, Westwood has identified a strategic priority to Expand Efforts to help students navigate the technology-infused environment in a way that is safe, effective, healthy, and well-balanced. In order to address this priority, the district has reflected on how things have changed in recent years, looked at current research about technology and its impact on children, and directly assessed students about their personal technology experiences.

Come learn about some of Westwood’s findings and some of the steps the district is taking to address this issue. This will be an interactive session - I’d love to hear how other districts are addressing this topic too!

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Steve Ouellette

Director of Technology, Learning, and Innovation, Westwood Public Schools
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Greg Schwanbeck

Physics Teacher & Instructional Technology Coach, Westwood High School
Greg Schwanbeck has taught Physics for the past decade, refining a teaching style founded upon personal connections with students, research-based pedagogies, innovative applications of educational technology, and engaging humor.Currently, Greg works at Westwood High School, where... Read More →

Friday March 26, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am EDT