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A presentation on the importance of using correct ergonomics principles with students in K-8. Done for a graduate school project at Valdosta State University.

A presentation on the importance of using correct ergonomics principles with students in K-8. Done for a graduate school project at Valdosta State University.

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    • Digital Citizenship Health and Wellness ERGONOMICS for the K-8 Student Presented by Kati Searcy
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    • Who is Kati Searcy?
      • Student – VSU – Ed.S.
        • Instructional Technology
          • Grad. May 2010
      • Teacher – Mountain Park ES, Roswell
        • Music – 13 years
        • Talented/Gifted – 11 years
        • Professional Learning – 7 years
    • Trivia
      • Where was Kati born?
      • Please type in your answer in the chat box. Make sure you are sending your answer to the “Main Room”.
      • Choices:
      • Paris (France)
      • Hollywood (California)
      • Valdosta (Georgia)
      • Johannesburg (South Africa)
      • Photo: http://www.lahomelessblog.org/archive/2008_06_22_archive.html
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    • And now …
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      • Focus Question:
      • What actions can teachers take to ensure proper ergonomics for children using computers?
    • Objectives
      • Understand the concept of ergonomics in general.
      • Recognize the correct principles of ergonomics for students using computers.
      • Discuss options available to provide ergonomically-correct accommodations for students.
      • What is ERGONOMICS?
      • Ergonomics is the study of physical and psychological components of human work (at school, at home, at a job, and at play)
    • Let’s Brainstorm (2 mins.)
      • Physical and Psychological components of our students’ work
      • Photo: www.freemindworks.com
      • ERGONOMICS
      • for children
      • Areas of Ergonomic Concern for Children
    • Backpacks should be lighter than 15% of the child’s weight.
      • Backpacks worn low,
      • near the tailbone, or
      • on just one shoulder
      • are more likely to
      • apply painfully high
      • pressures.
    • Gaming Systems “ Nintendo Thumb” ( Nintendonitis)
    • Computers
    • What are computer ergonomics?
      • In order to reduce strain on various parts of the body, adjusting:
        • Monitor
        • Chair
        • Mouse
        • Keyboard
        • Desk/Table
    • E R G O N O M I C S
    • What do we get if . . .
      • If the monitor is too close or too far away
      • If the monitor lighting is too dim
      • If the screen flickers
      • If the screen glares
      Photo: http://investigation.discovery.com/resources/ncmec/images/child-at-computer-175.jpg
    • Eye Strain
      • Text on screen should be at or slightly below eye level.
      • If looking at a text while typing, a document holder, the same height as the monitor, should be used.
      Photo: http://www.bettermousepads.com/accessories/organizer.html
    •  
    • What do we get if . . .
      • Chairs don’t give proper back support
      • Chairs are too low or too high
      • Feet and arms are not supported
    • Back Problems !!!
      • Chairs should provide back support
      • Chairs must be the right height
      • The feet must be supported
      • The arms must be supported
    •  
    • What do we get if …
      • Hands and wrists are not parallel to the floor when typing
      • Hands have nowhere to rest (on a desk or on chair arms)
    • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
    •  
    •  
    • So…..let’s review ….
    • Good Or Bad?
    • Good or Bad?
    • Good or Bad?
    • Good or Bad?
    • Good or Bad?
    • Good or Bad?
    • Good or Bad?
    •  
      • What actions can teachers take to ensure proper ergonomics for children using computers?
    • OPTION 1
      • Infinity Station
      • Fits 1 st grade - Adult
    • Infinity Station $1,500 each
    • No Cost !!!
    • A practical, cost-efficient solution
      • Firm pillows, phone books or booster seats
      • A back cushion, pillow or rolled-up towel in small of back
      • 2” between the front edge of the chair and the back of the knees
      • Knees at 90° - 120 ° (may require footrest or box)
      Teach the Children!
    •  
      • Most classrooms built in the 21st century are NOT designed to be ergonomically appropriate for students. YET…
      • It IS possible to make a school's computer workstations adjustable for most students when you have only a small budget. SO….
      • If the desk, chair, or monitor heights do not match the body size of your students, modify them.
    • Take Action
      • We, the informed, must now promote professional awareness of classroom ergonomics issues.
      • It is our responsibility to protect children against known injury risks.
      • We must ensure that our students acquire life-skills based on sound ergonomic practices
      • And now . . . .
      • Are you Smarter than Ribble and Bailey?
    • Ergonomics is the study of physical and psychological components of human work D. all of these C. at work B. at school A. at home
    • Answer is: D
      • Backpacks, video gaming and computers are the main areas of ergonomic concern for children.
    • Which one of these is not an area of ergonomic concern for children? D. playground equipment C. video gaming B. computers A. backpacks
    • Answer is: D
      • Ergonomics is the study of physical and psychological components of human work at home, at work, and at school.
    • In order to reduce strain on the body, all of these components should be adjusted for each individual except: D. Keyboard/Mouse C. Chair/Desk B. Power Switches A. Monitor/Screen
    • Answer is: B
      • The monitor/screen, keyboard, mouse, chair, and table should be adjusted to fit each computer user.
    • Which of these health problems is not related to ergonomics? D. H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) C. Backaches and Muscle Spasms B. Eye strain and vision problems A. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Answer is: D
      • Although the H1N1 virus can be spread by computer equipment that is not clean, it is not part of the ergonomics discussion.
    • Discussion Questions (as time permits)
      • Are teachers modeling the healthy use of equipment?
      • How do we teach and advocate for
      • ergonomics to – students, parents, other teachers?
      • How is student achievement increased when a classroom or computer lab is ergonomically sound?
    • The PowerPoint presentation will be on my wiki. T H A N K Y O U !! Kati
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    • Photos obtained from:
      • http://www.bettergolfwithfitness.com/.a/6a00d8341e839953ef01156ee60354970c-800wi
      • http://z.hubpages.com/u/986132_f520.jpg
      • http://www.baraboo.k12.wi.us/cms_files/gallery1364_1.jpg
      • http://media.loudounextra.com/img/photos/2009/03/13/10099401H15684042_t764a.JPG
      • http://npt08.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/ep_working_blog.jpg
      • http://cobbcast.cobbk12.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/mtb_21cc_2.jpg
      • http:// www.lib.utexas.edu/ergonomics/images/ergo.jpg
      • http://assembly.state.ny.us/member_files/003/20050822a/7663kid.gif
      • http://www.oneinhundred.com/upfiles/upimg0/Right---Carpal-tunnel-syndrome-5289740.jpg