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How to Lead Conversations About Healthy, Responsible Media Use

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

How to Lead Conversations About Healthy, Responsible Media Use

Presented by Dr. Monica Burns, Curriculum and Edtech Consultant, Founder of; and Heather Inyart, Executive Director, Media Power Youth

Sponsored by Media Power Youth

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Media, from video games and commercials to movies and social media, has an enormous influence on students’ behavior, thoughts, health and well-being. Educators see its impact every day in the classroom. How do we teach our students to become knowledgeable, responsible consumers and creators of media in today’s digital world?

Watch Dr. Monica Burns, Edtech Consultant and Founder of, in this edWebinar as she shares:

  • Students’ roles as consumers and creators of media in school and out
  • The importance of teaching students what responsible media interaction is
  • Strategies to facilitate constructive conversations about media literacy in the classroom
  • Ways to practice and encourage healthy media creation
  • Strategies for engaging families in conversations about media literacy at home

Dr. Burns is joined by Heather Inyart, Executive Director at Media Power Youth, who shares insight into how media impacts our societal and cultural norms and the effect this can have on young people’s behaviors and health in areas such as violence, substance misuse, and nutrition. She also provides evidence-based ways to empower students to make both healthier and smarter decisions about media.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through middle school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, guidance counselors, and school psychologists.

About the Presenters

Dr. Burns is a curriculum and edtech consultant and founder of the popular blog, podcast and website, As a classroom teacher, Dr. Burns realized the power of the technology tools in the classroom and started to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing edtech. Today, she works with schools across the country to make technology integration exciting and accessible for teachers. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and is also the author of several books, including Tasks Before Apps, #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology and Deeper Learning with QR Codes.


Heather Inyart is the executive director for Media Power Youth, a media literacy educational nonprofit that empowers young people to engage with media in smart, healthy ways. In partnership with educators, health professionals, and community leaders, Heather leads the development of curriculum and programs to teach the critical thinking skills students need to navigate the complexities of a media-rich world. These programs address how media influences children’s physical and mental health, peer relationships, academic success, and social norms around at-risk behaviors including substance use and violence. Prior joining Media Power Youth, Heather held a variety of positions in marketing, product development, and strategic planning for consumer products companies and nonprofit organizations.


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Media Power Youth is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth to lead healthy, safe lives through smart media use. Working collaboratively with health, education, and business experts, MPY provides curricula, training, and workshops in media literacy for young people, parents, and professionals that proactively address the social and cultural issues that not only impact children’s physical and mental health, but also their long-term success in both school and in life.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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