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Can Digital Media Usage Lead to ADHD?

The U.S. News and World Report – Neha Vyas, M.D.,

“In July, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a noteworthy study linking digital media usage with the development of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. It showed that teens who interacted with more than 14 different media sites per week began to develop symptoms of ADHD. Just a few short months before that study was published, findings in the Journal of Developmental Psychology noted that teenagers nowadays are in fact more self-controlled and able to delay gratification compared to kids 50 years ago. The article postulated that increases in abstract thought associated with digital technology were contributing to this improvement in concentration.” (more)

Moving from digital citizenship to digital leadership

E-School News – Andy Plemmons

“My motto and philosophy for my school library is “expect the miraculous.” Inspired by my favorite author, Kate DiCamillo, I encourage students and educators to keep their eyes open to the world around them to find the miraculous things that happen all the time. But this can be especially hard for educators faced with embracing new technology every year.” (more)

8 essential qualities of a digital literacy curriculum

E-School News – Jeff Meyer

“Before discussing building, purchasing or creating a digital literacy curriculum, we decided to devise a set of essential qualities that we felt would be helpful to evaluate potential digital-literacy curriculum options. Ultimately, with the help of other schools and districts, we decided to focus upon these eight themes:” (more)

It’s never too early to start teaching digital citizenship skills

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Social media is a powerful digital medium today, and students will be expected to be fluent with these tools, including how to use them ethically, at some point in their lives. Whether they choose to engage, developing the skills to not just to navigate these online spaces, but to be able to make decisions and craft judgments that are safe, is key.” (more)

Is your teen online a lot? Study finds mild link between ADHD and digital media use

USA Today – Ryan Suppe

“Teenagers who frequently use digital media are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. In 2014, scientists at the University of Southern California embarked on a two-year study to discover whether the amount and frequency of digital media usage among teens was associated with the occurrence of ADHD.” (more)

Teachers may not be so hot on students’ use of digital devices for learning

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Close to half of teachers (42 percent) in a Gallup poll say they think digital devices have a “mostly helpful” impact on students’ education, but they have less positive views of devices’ impact on physical and mental health. Thirty percent of teachers in the March 5-12 poll say digital devices are neither helpful nor harmful to students’ education, and 28 percent say devices are mostly harmful.” (more)