Mary Had a Little iPad: Rebooting K-8 Education in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair

In this workshop we will hit the pause button and rethink how schools are doing with tech integration in pre-K through middle school.

As education blends and flips, and technology has quickly become an essential part of education and school communities, schools are rethinking what are the best uses of technology in school. We will look at research about the impact of technology on all aspects of children’s development and education—neurological, psychological, physical and social development as well as creativity and discuss the additional social and emotional intelligence, digital citizenship and cultural literacy tools students need to thrive in the digital age.

Tech has also eliminated traditional boundaries between school and parents, requiring new kinds of outreach and education on an ongoing basis. We will look at new models for parent education and outreach that facilitate smooth integration and bring down parental anxiety. This workshop will present a detailed model of K-8 comprehensive SEL integration, advisory, tools for digital citizenship and cultural literacy, and examples of how some schools are rebooting the school/student /parent culture.

Catherine Steiner-Adair

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a Clinical and Consulting Psychologist and Research Associate at Harvard Medical School. In her award winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (HarperCollins), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which technology and media change how children learn and grow, and shows parents how to balance the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of development.

She identifies digital age challenges for parents and educators, and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults.

An internationally recognized expert in child development, education, and family relationships. She has consulted worldwide to over 600 independent and public schools and spokes at conferences on a wide range of topics including social and emotional intelligence, girl’s development, and best practices for technology at home, schools and work. Her audiences are student’s, educators, parent organizations, health professionals, corporations, non-profit organizations, government leaders and NGO’s.

As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, NPR News and she in New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN Opinion, Time and in the International press. Her earlier research on educating girls to lead and preventing eating disorders lead to the development of "Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership,” the first successful program of it’s kind, which is currently being translated for use in other countries.

Additional Info

  • Timetable: Saturday, Session 4, 09:30-10:55 Congress Hall A