New! Inaugural Guest on TechnologyforMindfulness.com Podcast

Speaking & Events

Past Events

Apr
4
,
2017
// New York, New York,

What is Digital Literacy today and how are children’s skills of deep reading developing in a fragmented, hurried world? Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted, joins the Children and Media course taught by Mary Rothschild of http://www.healthymediachoices.org to speak about the fractured experience of digital reading, the multitasking environment in which we read and the impact of such fragmentation on children’s ability to read deeply. Hyper-fractured pages with less-relevant links – a staple of kids’ e-books and web sites – lower comprehension and recall, even sowing confusion among young readers, just as cluttered physical classrooms have been shown to do. A key overlooked question, as well, is how our rose-colored views of technology are impacting the teaching and attainment of literacy. Parents who are wow’ed by bells and whistles influence children’s choices.

Oct
27
,
2016
// New York, New York

Mind in the Making: Reflection and the Artisan in the Material World

How do the worlds of reflection and workmanship – two human endeavors rarely, if ever, considered together – intersect, align, and collide? This talk will investigate the reflective mind’s largely unexamined role in artisanal practices once dismissed as tacit and “unthinking,” as well as the potential for considered thought itself to be newly envisioned as a skill-based practice. Expanding our treatment of ‘making as knowing’ can offer a new lens with which to appraise the nature of intellectual flourishing at a high-stakes moment in humanity’s relations with the material world.

Oct
8
,
2016
// Columbia, Md.

Featured Keynote  to National Association of Montessori Teachers (NAMTA) Fall Conference

A talk on asking the right questions of technology, role modeling for coming generations a wise balance between human and machine, and drawing on the forgotten bonds between workmanship and higher-order thinking. Look ahead to a reflective, connective, and focused future.

 

Mar
21
,
2016
// Tiverton, RI

Author Visit to the Tiverton, RI Library

“Lost in the Instant: Recouping Focus and Reflection in a Tech-Driven Age”

Feb
29
,
2016
// New York , New York

Opening Keynote

In a world of multitasking and wildly fragmented attention spans, how can the media world adapt? Maggie Jackson, author of “Distracted,” shows how to break through the barrage of electronic media to craft slow, deliberate thinking.

Jan
16
,
2016
// Houston, Texas

Keynote to NAMTA’s annual conference: “A Workmanship of Risk: The Craftsmanship of Thought in an Age of Speed”

 

Nov
2
,
2014
// Brentwood, TN

Lost in the Instant: Recouping Focus and Reflection in a Tech-Driven Age – A Keynote to 1,600 Educators from Tennessee Private K-12 Schools

Nov
22
,
2013
// Vershire, VT

A Talk on Distracted to the Faculty of the Mountain School of Milton Academy

Nov
7
,
2013
// Pittsburgh, PA

Speech to Duquesne’s Eight Liberal Arts First-Year Learning Communities on Distracted, their fall ‘Common Read’

Oct
8
,
2013
// Dallas, Texas

Keynote Speaker to 2013 conference on the Role of Technology in Schools