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Friday, February 12 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Cultivating Critical Thinkers in the Age of Digital Distraction

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As the smartphone has given way to an explosion in teens’ and pre-teens’ media consumption in recent years, the rise of media multitasking habits has followed. In addition to the vast majority of learners who admit to at least some degree of multitasking while doing their homework, a Common Sense 2019 Census also noted that “nearly two-thirds of those who multitask say they don’t think watching television, texting, and/or using social media while doing homework makes any difference to the quality of their work.
While kids are in a prime stage of life to learn, they simultaneously possess powerful habit-forming abilities that make them vulnerable to dependency and addiction. Thus, it follows that as adolescent attention spans continue to diminish in the interests of unrestrained media consumption, we may be raising a generation of students who are cognitively unprepared to think critically.
This session examines the implications of minds that are both addicted to media and incapable of focused study and asks how we can cultivate critical thinkers in the Age of Digital Distraction? Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources specifically aligned to the Cultivating Critical Thinkers in the Age of Digital Distraction session.Target Audience: Everyone

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Dr. Nicky Mohan

Dr. Nicky Mohan is a global citizen by choice. Born and raised in South Africa, she now shares her time between New Zealand and Canada. Nicky has been a classroom teacher, a school and university leader, an instructional designer, a business sector manager, a corporate trainer, an... Read More →

Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST