Author: Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

February 11, 2019 / NEWS
As we look around society, we see screens and digital devices everywhere. Chances are, we need to look up from our own devices to see others as they use devices. There is little debate about the ubiquitous presence of screens and technology in our lives. But, there is a larger question about whether or not…
February 6, 2019 / PODCAST
A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode #4. What is real reading? Moments from our lives: Ian shares his struggle to be a digital annotator, and Kristen suggests that her daughter extend her book reading to include other, digital texts. What we’re reading: Clinton, V. (2019). Reading from paper…
February 4, 2019 / NEWS
A new paper by Amy Orben and Andrew Przybylski in Nature examines the widespread speculation around the connections between the use of digital tech by adolescents, and psychological well-being. The authors indicate that the current empirical evidence supporting a belief in a negative connection between the two is largely based on secondary analyses of large-scale…
January 30, 2019 / PODCAST
A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode #3 - Being Mindful Moments from our lives: Kristen shares a story about a morning filled with stress - because her daughter forgot her Chromebook at drama practice the night before. What we’re reading: You Should Meditate Everyday Breathe Like a Bear…
January 28, 2019 / TIPS
Many of us have mobile devices that have beautiful screens, and tons of digital content to keep us engaged. Each year a new fleet of devices is launched and we need to consider whether we need those extra 16 colors, blacker blacks, and a vivid display much more vivid than last year's model. The truth…
January 23, 2019 / PODCAST
A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode #2 - To share or not to share. Moments from our lives: A recent “ten year” meme has Kristen and Ian asking questions about sharing on social media.  Kristen describes her path from MySpace to Facebook, and Ian reflects on his role…
January 21, 2019 / NEWS
Children now grow up surrounded by a plethora of screens. The access and abundance of these devices, and the pipelines they provide to digital content may be concerning to adults. It is important to note that they also may be a necessary part of our networked society. One of the ways we discuss and describe…
January 16, 2019 / PODCAST
A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode #1 - Technopanic. Moments from our lives Kristen shares how her son hijacked fantasy football - and how 10 days without devices as punishment felt like a difficult detox. What we’re reading We’ve Got the Screentime Debate All Wrong.  Let’s Fix it.…
January 14, 2019 / NEWS
A recent post in Wired by Robbie Gonzalez examined some of the narrative around screentime and addiction. The piece, titled "We've got the screen time debate all wrong. Let's fix it" looks at some of the conjecture around digital dependence. Gonzalez traces the history from "Internet addiction disorder" to the growing concerns about screens and…
January 7, 2019 / TIPS
As a parent or educator that works with children, we often feel this pressure of making sure that children have digital texts and tools for them to use for whatever purpose. Sometimes we feel our own rush and desire to buy the "latest and greatest" that we also feel the need to give this to…