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Faith Boninger, Merrie Najimy, Joe Clement photos

Back to School during COVID: The Case for Limiting EdTech

PART 1: FOR K-12 EDUCATORS

Tuesday, August 11 @ 4:00 PM ET | 1:00 PM PT

The school year is quickly approaching and administrations are faced with many decisions that deeply affect students, staff, and communities. Most school districts are leaning into educational technology (EdTech) to provide a solution. But, the investment in EdTech comes at a cost to everyone involved -- sometimes without us knowing it!

Join us for this Action Network Live! webinar co-hosted by Jean Rogers and Seth Evans, where we’ll break down the corporate influence behind EdTech and provide tools for you to support your students and their families, even in remote settings. Specifically for those in a teacher or teacher advocacy role, our expert presenters -- Merrie Najimy, Dr. Faith Boninger, and Joe Clement -- will review the challenges posed by education technology in this pandemic and political climate, and how individual teachers, schools, and unions are finding solutions that are teacher- and student-driven, not tech-driven. You’ll learn how to make the case against corporate EdTech and consider alternative curricula -- all in service of deeper learning and better physical and mental health for you and your students. 

Register now to attend this essential webinar for educators, education advocates, and teachers’ union members. Parents and others who want to learn more are welcome also.

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About our Experts

Dr. Faith Boninger is Co-Director of the Commercialism in Education Research Unit at the National Education Policy Center, and the author of many studies on EdTech and commercialism, most recently (June 2020) a well-publicized critique of Summit Learning, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative product that is very prominent in the (de)Personalized Learning market.

Merrie Najimy is the president of the 117,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association. Merrie is an ardent advocate for public education whose principles are grounded in her nearly three decades as a classroom teacher. 

Joe Clement, co-author of Screen Schooled, is a veteran award-winning HS teacher from Fairfax County, VA who has been instrumental in spreading the word about EdTech's negative effects on learning and teaching.

And our special co-host, Seth Evans, is the Screens in Education Project Coordinator at CCFC and chair of the Screens in Schools Work Group at the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.

 

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Lisa Cline, Crisci Benford, Emily Cherkin photos

Back to School during COVID: The Case for Limiting EdTech

PART 2: FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Thursday, August 13 @ 4:00 PM ET | 1:00 PM PT

As parents, remote schooling during the pandemic has been a unique experience for all of us (to say the least!). In addition to more screen time at home, we saw more technology than ever appear in our kids’ education. As schools look to “reopen,” technology is a big part of the proposed plan. So, what do we need to consider to make sure our kids don’t get lost in the digital shuffle?

Join us for this Action Network Live! webinar co-hosted by Jean Rogers and Seth Evans, which invites families to think critically about educational technology (EdTech)! Featuring Emily Cherkin, Lisa Cline, and Dr. Criscillia Benford, this discussion will help families better understand and analyze this tech to meet their families’ needs. Our speakers will help you feel more empowered and better equipped to make your case for low-tech learning solutions in the upcoming school year. Plus, you’ll develop strategies to prioritize your family’s wellness at a time when tech threatens it.

Register now to attend this essential webinar for parents of school-age children. All others, as always, are welcome!

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About our Experts

Lisa Cline is a writer and parent in Montgomery County, MD, where she advocates for limited and purposeful use of technology in schools and at home. She is chair of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs Safe Technology Committee and is a member of the Action Network’s Screens in Schools Work Group. 

Educator, communications consultant, and Action Network Advisory Board Member Dr. Criscillia Benford is currently writing The Tech Between Us, a book manuscript-in-progress that leverages her work in Human-Computer Interaction and the Psychology of Interaction Design to help readers use tech in ways that reduce social anxiety and strengthen personal and professional relationships. 

Emily Cherkin, aka The Screentime Consultant, is nationally recognized for her work addressing screen time challenges with families and schools. Emily offers school and parent presentations, consults individually with families, and is a member of the Action Network’s Screens in Schools Work Group.

And our special co-host, Seth Evans, is the Screens in Education Project Coordinator at CCFC and chair of the Screens in Schools Work Group at the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.

 

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Nancy Carlsson-Paige & Denisha Jones

Back to School during COVID: The Case for Limiting EdTech

PART 3: FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS

Monday, August 24 @ 4:00 PM ET | 1:00 PM PT

Save the date! Description and registration link coming soon!

About our Experts

Nancy Carlsson-Paige is professor emerita at Lesley University where she was a teacher educator in child development for more than 30 years. Nancy has written many books and articles on children’s play, their social and emotional development, and the effects of media and technology on young children. In 2012, she co-founded Defending the Early Years, a nonprofit advocating for equitable, quality early education for every young child.

Denisha Jones is Co-director of Defending the Early Years and director of the Art of Teaching Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of the District of Columbia; a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia.