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For Educators — The Learning Paradox

Prioritizing foundations for child growth and success over screen use.

The Goal

The Learning Paradox raises teacher awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child and teen development, behavior and learning, and provides schools with literacy standards and screen management guidance to optimize growth and success and create sustainable futures for all students. Teachers will be excited to implement In/Outdoors Learning concepts and train teen students to become peer model Screenbusters for the younger grades.

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The Learning Paradox

Who should buy and watch Webinar?

Principals, teachers, administrators, special education teachers, counsellors, school psychologists, social workers and clinicians (includes pediatric occupational and physical therapists and speech and language pathologists). Reconnect Webinars are designed to be introductory level for principals, teachers and administrators, intermediate for counsellors, school psychologists and social workers and advanced for clinicians.
AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Reconnect Webinars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development approval #6106.

Reconnect Webinars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development approval #6106. This webinar is offered at 26 CEUs at intermediate education level for OT service delivery and foundational knowledge categories.

Complete the 3-day course and receive certification in
Balanced Technology Management.

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What's Included?

Module 1 — Introduction, Statistics and Expert Guidelines

The ways in which we are raising and educating children with screens are no longer sustainable

  • Child harms/child rights
  • Tech trends: past -> present
  • Pre/post covid screen usage stats
  • Pediatrician expert guidelines
  • Tech Management webinar review

2 hrs. – FREE

Module 2 — 4 Critical Factors for Child Development

Create sustainable futures – give kids the edge they need to grow and succeed

  • Move: fit, coordinated, literate
  • Touch: relaxed, secure
  • Human Connection: social, regulated
  • Nature: calm, focused

Guest speakers include Phyllis Dyson – teacher, author, trauma specialist and Dr. Kerry Crofton – psychologist, author, nature advocate.

2.5 hours for $100

Module 3 — Physical Development Research

All screen use is detrimental to healthy child development, behavior and learning

  • Brain/body development
  • Screen impact research areas:
    • Obesity/diabetes
    • Developmental delay
    • Hyperarousal
    • Myopia
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Melatonin, vitamin D
    • Eating disorders

2 hrs for $100

Module 4 — Wireless Radiation Research

Not proven safe, early studies show harm

  • Experimental, epidemiological and cancer studies
  • Global initiatives; precautionary principle
  • Reduction methods
     

Guest speakers include Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust and Katie Singer, environmental journalist and author.

2.5 hrs. for $100

Module 5 — Social Development Research

Humans don’t do well when separated from their pack.

  • Social media isn’t social
  • Violent video games
  • Early pornography
  • Polarity, hate, radicalization

Guest speakers include Jean Rogers, educator and Director of the Children’s Screen time Action Network; Dr. Douglas Gentile, psychologist, professor, researcher, author and Mary Sharpe, lawyer and CEO of The Reward Foundation – Love, Sex and the Internet.

4 hrs for $100

Module 6 — Emotional Development Research

Tech crack – sad, mad and finally bad

  • Problem behaviours
  • Identity, motivation, independence
  • Challenge and risk
  • Self-regulation
  • Aggression, violence, cyberbullying


3.5 hrs. for $100

Module 7 — Mental Development Research

What we do/watch is who we become

  • Parent-child attachment, mental health
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences research
  • Screen media and mental illness
  • Unplug – don’t drug; misdiagnosis/medication
  • Adhd, autism, internet addiction
  • Data privacy, security, persuasive design

Guest speaker includes Dr. Hilarie Cash, psychologist, author, Chief Clinical Director of reSTART Internet Addiction Centre.

3.5 hrs. for $100

Module 8 — Cognitive Development Research

Were using a lot of something we know little about

  • Educational trends, creativity crisis, Covid impact
  • Screen impact research areas:
    • declining literacy
    • cognitive impairment
    • multitasking stress
    • attention deficit
    • poor productivity
  • Considerations for screens in school
  • Tech illusion — We’re using an awful lot of something we know very little about

Guest speaker includes Joe Clements, teacher, coach, advocate, author.

2 hrs for $100

Module 10 — Balanced Technology Management for Schools

Edtech brain drain…the Learning Paradox

  • Prepare baseline data
  • 10 steps toward Educational Health
  • 4 BTM Best Standards of Practice for schools:
    • More movement and nature
    • Ban cell phones and entertainment content (video games, social media, porn)
    • No screens until grade 3 literacy is achieved
    • Do no harm – ensure safe and effective edtech
  • Screenbuster peer program for teens
  • Establish screen management policy for school setting

Guest speakers include Lisa Cline, journalist and co-chair Screens in Schools committee with Screentime Action Network and Frank Clegg, CEO Canadians for Safe Technology.

4 hrs for $100

Module 12 — Tech Tool Kit Review; Conclusion

Application of 42 BTM tools and techniques

  • 8 signature graphics
  • 9 screen usage assessments
  • 9 BTM techniques
  • 9 BTM tools for parents
  • 7 BTM tools for educators and clinicians
  • Conclusion and final thoughts

1.5 hrs for FREE

Singular focus on ubiquitous use of screens in schools has diverted educator’s attention and funding away from research evidenced teaching foundations for printing, reading and math resulting in abysmal decline in academic performance. Despite expert guidelines recommending no more than 2 hours per day of screen time, zero supporting research for online learning, and numerous studies validating outdoor/nature learning, a preponderance of schools went online. Depressed and anxious, physically unfit, socially inept and cognitively delayed…children and youth have emerged from Covid online learning ill prepared for school, work and life in general.

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Learning Outcomes

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Who should buy and watch Webinar?

Principals, teachers, administrators, special education teachers, counsellors, school psychologists, social workers and clinicians (includes pediatric occupational and physical therapists and speech and language pathologists). Reconnect Webinars are designed to be introductory level for principals, teachers and administrators, intermediate for counsellors, school psychologists and social workers and advanced for clinicians.
"I am a retired Special Education Teacher who worked with Cris Rowan for 25 years. Cris’s extensive knowledge of child brain and body development is essential knowledge for teachers. Her common sense approach to managing attention and behaviour and incredible amount of effective strategies will vastly improve learning in any classroom setting. "
~ Terry Milos
Retired Special Education Teacher
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Finding the balance between virtual and real

Become a certified Screenbuster!

Find the balance between virtual and real.

"I am a retired Special Education Teacher who worked with Cris for 25 years. Her of knowledge of childhood development, effective strategies, along with her common sense approach to managing attention and behaviour, will improve learning in any classroom. "
Terry Milos
Lake Havasu Arizona

Check out our free Technology Management webinar for teens

Become a certified Screenbuster!

Finding the balance between virtual and real.

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT

An outspoken critic on the impact of technology on human development, behavior, and productivity

Webinar creator Cris Rowan, is passionate about changing the ways in which humans use and interact with technology. Cris has developed a concept termed Balanced Technology Management (BTM) where humans strive to manage balance between healthy activity and technology.

She works globally and locally and has cross culture relevance from indigenous and developing communities. Cris is a visionary, who clearly sees that the ways in which humans are using technology are not sustainable, and the time to act is now. Activist, advocate, author, and prolific speaker, Cris helps people move from the virtual, back into the real world.