Matt Miles

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Two long time teachers and authors of Screen Schooled explore and explode the myths surrounding children’s use of screen-time. They explain with research how, counter to tech-companies’ claims, increasing screen-time in the lives of students is damaging them academically, socially, physically, and mentally. They illustrate how these negative effects have impacted students with their own firsthand experiences in the classroom.

Two long time educators and authors of Screen Schooled explain how schools can harvest the natural teaching and learning abilities their staff and students have. They examine the research behind the science of learning and show how the modern classroom is getting in the way of that. They offer a clear, concrete path forward for schools and school systems in how


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It’s important to note that Matt Miles and fellow BrightSight speaker Joe Clement are not two old, curmudgeonly, bitter, crusty old teachers. To the contrary, they are both passionate, vibrant, award winning teachers, coaches, and mentors. They’ve put their Masters in the Arts of Education from James Madison University to good use as they’ve dedicated a combined thirty years to improving the education of young people in their home towns in Northern Virginia. They’ve taught numerous subjects such as Government, Economics, and World History. They’ve taught almost every type of student, ranging from ESOL, special education, to Honors, and Advanced Placement. They’ve seen it all. As any of their students could tell you, they clearly love teaching and they feel vested in their students’ learning.

Nor are they technophobes or luddites. They are both considered to be quite tech savvy. Both worked technology into many of their lessons, because like many of their peers, they believed this was the only way to captivate their modern students. So much so that Matt was made the “technology rep” for his department and Joe is considered the database and spreadsheet guru for the school. However, several years ago they began studying the adverse effects technology out of genuine concern for their students. They could no longer ignore the sharp and drastic decline in their students’ ability to think, communicate, and interact with each other.

Joe and Matt’s concerns go beyond the classroom and into the home. Joe and his wife Molly are parents to two teenage boys and a newborn girl and Matt and his wife Didi are parents to a newborn son. They can personally testify to the difficulties of trying to raise a low-tech child in this modern era. However, this has increased their resolve as they feel determined to get their message out to parents like themselves.

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