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Navigating the digital landscape by fostering classroom digital wellness

Explore digital wellness in the classroom with Hāpara. Learn how to foster digital mindfulness and screen time management for K-12 educators.
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Because most classrooms integrate technology now, it’s not enough to teach academic standards. Digital learning can be engaging and meaningful and prepare students for life beyond school. But educators need to balance the benefits of digital learning with protecting students’ wellbeing. Laurie Guyon, a digital instruction expert from New York, unlocks strategies for classroom digital wellness with Hāpara. Laurie discusses essential aspects of digital wellness, screen time management, online safety and digital mindfulness. With strategies and tools, educators can create a balanced and safe digital learning environment.

Striving for digital wellness

Laurie emphasizes the importance of nurturing digital wellness among students. She discusses the potential negative effects of excessive screen time, such as decreased attention span and disrupted sleep patterns. Laurie underscores the need for educators to promote a balanced digital environment that supports learning while managing distractions. By setting clear boundaries and encouraging healthy digital habits, educators can help learners develop a positive relationship with technology.

Managing screen time effectively

One of the key aspects of fostering digital wellness is effective screen time management. Laurie introduces Hāpara Highlights’ Focus and Filter features, which allow educators to control learners’ access to specific websites or tabs during class time. By setting parameters, educators can ensure that learners stay on task and are not sidetracked by distracting online content. This promotes focused learning and minimizes distractions, creating an engaged learning environment.

Prioritizing cybersecurity

Laurie highlights the importance of cybersecurity in the classroom. She emphasizes the need to protect learners’ online privacy and ensure safe internet use. Laurie discusses Hāpara’s monitoring tool, which helps educators track learners’ online activities and intervene when necessary. By educating students about online safety and responsible digital citizenship, educators can create a secure digital learning environment.

Cultivating digital mindfulness

Laurie discusses the concept of digital mindfulness and its role in promoting a balanced approach to technology use. She emphasizes the importance of developing healthy digital habits and using technology mindfully. Laurie introduces Hāpara Student Dashboard, which provides a centralized hub for students to access their assignments, due dates and notifications. This promotes organization and time management skills among students, helping them stay on top of their academic responsibilities.

Laurie Guyon’s webinar offers educators valuable insights and practical strategies for fostering digital wellness in the classroom. By prioritizing digital wellness, educators can create a learning environment that supports students’ academic success and overall wellbeing. With tools like Hāpara, educators can strike a balance between leveraging technology for learning while ensuring students’ digital safety and mental wellness.

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