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(Dis)Connected, Distracted or Addicted?

Understanding the Smartphone Generation

Thursday, April 5, 2018 ~ Evening Public Lecture


Please join the Educational Technology Council, in partnership with the Alberta Teachers' Association, for an evening public lecture with two world renowned researchers and keynote speakers to discuss the promise and peril of technology for children, youth, families and communities. This evening public lecture will include a wine and cheese reception.


Our two internationally renowned speakers - Professor Jean Twenge (Psychologist, San Diego State University) and Dr. Michael Rich (Pediatrician, Harvard Medical School) - have had their research covered in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, Globe & Mail, and The Washington Post, and featured on CBC, CBS (60 Minutes & This Morning), Fox & Friends, NBC (Dateline & Nightly News) and National Public Radio (NPR).


Why is a growing body of research indicating that today’s super-connected kids are growing up less rebellious and more tolerant, but less happy?


To what extent are the smartphones, tablets and the digital gadgets that we cherish increasingly reshaping our minds and bodies?


Are today’s children and youth growing up more to be more (dis)connected, distracted or addicted?


Professor Jean Twenge (Keynote Speaker)

Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University

Internationally renowned researcher and author of over 140 scientific publications and books.

Her new book iGen (2017) draws from nationally representative surveys of 11 million young people

and documents how their changed world has impacted their attitudes, worldviews, and mental health

Full Bio - http://www.jeantwenge.com/


Dr. Michael Rich (Discussant)

Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health

Director, Centre on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital

Full Bio - http://cmch.tv/about-us/our-team/michael-rich/


Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall

Beverly Hills Ballroom

17700 87 Avenue, Edmonton, AB



*6:00 pm Registration and Reception (hors d'oeuvre and no host bar)
*7:00 pm Public Lectures and Discussions
*9:30 pm Adjournment


There is limited seating and this event will sell out! Order your tickets soon!

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Tickets Are Available For Purchase Individually (1 to 5 Tickets) or Discounted for a Group of 6 Tickets:


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Group of Six Tickets @ $50.00 Each + GST

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For more information on this event contact Lindsay Yakimyshyn by email at Lindsay.Yakimyshyn@ata.ab.ca Telephone at 780-447-9425 (in Edmonton) or 1-800-232-7208 (from elsewhere in Alberta).
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