DR. MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN (PH.D HUMANITIES) AND DR. SUSAN BARBER (PH.D ED.) PROVIDE PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS TO EDUCATORS, PARENT GROUPS, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. EVENTS ARE DELIVERED WITH SLIDE PRESENTATIONS, TAKE-AWAY NOTES AND INCLUDE GROUP AND SMALL GROUP PARTICIPATION TECHNIQUES.
Here is a sample of topics.
The Role of Screens in K-12 Education (Dr. McLaughlin, Dr.Barber)
Designed for classroom teachers and school administrators. Best practices for online learning and exposure to screens based on research by pediatricians and psychologists. Computers have an important role in the public education system. However, computer-based learning is generally inferior to traditional teaching methods when it comes to developing attention, mastering critical thinking skills, functioning in group environments and learning the social skills for debate and disagreement. Research shows computer-augmented learning has the best results in high performance schools where traditional methods are excellent and detrimental results where teaching quality is average or poor. How much screen time is appropriate? What types of learning are computers best suited for? How to integrate computer-augmented learning into the curriculum. Participants may be invited to share their experience in the classroom.
How Do I Get My Child Off the Internet? (Dr. McLaughlin)
Once a child is addicted to the internet, it is difficult to manage his/her screen time. This workshop informs parents about the strength of screen addictions, how to create conditions for reducing or eliminating screen time, and the psychosomatic effects of breaking the addiction. Therapy for the child is usually necessary and sometimes necessary for the parents. Good news: if your child gives up screens for just six weeks and is shown the wonderful things life has to offer, there is a good chance your child will recover and voluntarily live a fuller life. Participants are invited to share their experience trying to manage their child’s screen time and uses.
Screens, Child and Adolescent Development (Dr. McLaughlin, Dr. Barber)
Designed for parents but also of value to educators. Evidence-based recommendations for managing your child’s screen-time budget from birth to 14 years. This inter-active presentation examines the impact on cognitive and social development of screen exposure. What is the impact of giving your toddler a screen instead of toys and playtime? How early should a child have a cell phone. What apps that enable you to manage time and access on your child’s devices are available. Participants are invited to share their experience of what worked or did not work in their household.
Breaking Internet Addiction in Adults (Dr. McLaughlin)
We all need to use screens. The majority of people with internet addictions can learn patterns of healthy internet use. This inter-active workshop describes the strength of screen addictions and their behavioural symptoms. Options are presented for breaking the cycle of addiction, including behaviour modification, 12-step program, group counselling and private/family counselling. Good news: quit all non-essential screen use for six weeks and you will likely recover. Think about all the other things you can do with your time. Participants are invited to share their experience with breaking the cycle of internet addiction.
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