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Dr Joanne Orlando (PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed): ONLINE STAFF – Super Focus: A Digital Leadership approach to managing digital distraction

Session Info:

Digital distraction is one of the major issues today that affects young people’s ability to learn and finish tasks. On laptops, tablets, smartphones and smartwatches they are bombarded with messages and alerts that break their concentration and take them away from the task at hand. Even when they want to focus, it’s nearly impossible, diversions are only a click away. The issue has intensified for young people since Covid, with more extended technology use and changes to the online environment.

Digital distraction is not a one size fits all occurrence; we experience 3 types. Using this insight this talk will facilitate developing more targeted strategies to ensure students stay on task, in class, at home and when working independently. This talk also takes a Digital Leadership approach on how to empower young people with the insight, reason and strategies to take a leadership approach to managing their own digital distraction now and long term.

In this talk you’ll learn:

  • the science behind digital distraction
  • signs to look for to identify the digital distraction type your students experience: emotional distraction, physical obsession, and distraction by procrastination
  • how digital distraction impacts the brain, learning and wellbeing when it is uncontrolled
  • practical strategies that will dramatically impact successful management of digital distraction in learning.
  • how to facilitate a Digital Leadership approach to student education on understanding and managing their digital distraction.

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