February 16–19, 2014 in Fair Oaks, California
Cost: $200 (before and including January 24). $225 (after January 24). $235 at the door.
School discount: Schools sending 5 or more participants will pay only $150 per person. Title II professional development funds will be accepted. Contact 916-864-4864 for more information.
Technology: Tyrant, Toy, or Tool? The impact of technology on children’s health
Our world is changing rapidly, especially in the fields of technology and communication. We are surrounded by instant communication and information. Digital devices abound. Technology is encouraged as “the answer” in much of education from a very early age. Even carefully protected children feel the impact of technology’s emerging tools--whether as resources, or, in some cases, crutches. The technological tide has brought many conveniences and in many ways has made our lives richer and more productive. Yet we must ask: Are these innovations given freely or do they come at a price? Is modern technology a tool, a toy, or a tyrant?
Our theme is of great importance to everyone working with our children and young people in this time: the impact of technology on the health of children. Our keynote speaker, world-renowned author and expert Dr. Michaela Glöckler, will bring her wealth of experience and the results of research as she addresses this topic.
Keynote Speaker and key workshop presenters
Dr. Michaela Glöckler
Michaela Glöckler, MD, was born in Stuttgart, and attended the Waldorf School in Stuttgart, then studied German language, literature, history, and theology in Freiburg and Heidelberg. She studied medicine in Tübingen and Marburg and trained as a pediatrician at the community hospital in Herdecke and at the Bochum University Pediatric Clinic. Her work was accompanied by continuous self-study in anthropsophy. She was a pediatrician and Waldorf school doctor until she became Leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum in 1988. Michaela works with Waldorf schools around the world and is deeply involved in the issues of our time. She has numerous publications on child health and medicine; her publications in English include Medicine at the Threshold, A Healing Education, Developmental Insights, and A Guide to Child’s Health. >>Watch Michaela in The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner
Craig Holdrege, PhD, is The Nature Institute's director and spearheaded its founding in 1998. His passion is to develop what Goethe called "delicate empiricism" — an approach that learns from nature how to understand nature and is infused with a cautious and critical awareness of how intentions and habits of mind affect human understanding. He has been involved in teacher education since the early 1990’s. Craig has a doctorate in sustainability education from Prescott University in Arizona. He completed a non-degree masters level course in Phenomenological Science at the Science Research Laboratory at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.
Join together each day in song, led by Christiana Quick-Cleveland. Christiana brings depth of experience as a school, individual, and ensemble choir instructor and director, performer, and proponent of joyful music!
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