Implications of Technology – Part 1: The Quest for Attention

Over the past 10 years, the use of smart phones and social media tools has become habitual for learners both young and old. More than ever before, students and teachers are challenged to pay attention to the cues that matter most. Together, let’s discover how devices and applications are designed to hijack our attention. Let’s consider the potential impacts of the ‘connected life’ on our mental health and social well-being. Let’s thoughtfully consider how our homes and classrooms can be designed for meaningful engagement.

What really drives our attention?
Understanding the designs of technology and social platforms (Do we know the enemy?)
Can technology be used for personal growth?
The value of gaming technologies to promote wellness.


Presenter: Rodd Lucier

Audience: K-12


Your Brain on Digital Technology (CBC Radio, Ideas Episode March 5, 2019):

Attention Hacking is the Epidemic of our Generation:

How Technology is Hacking Your Mind:

Brain Hacking (60 Minutes):

How your Brain is Getting Hacked (This will change everything you know):

Laptops and Phones in the Classroom: Yea, Nay or a Third Way?:

Our minds can be hijacked: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia:

Your smart phone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy.  Why can’t you put it down?:

France is Banning Mobile Phones in Schools:


6 Reasons to Put Your Phone Away:

Epic 2015:

The Privacy Paradoxz: