Online Program

Impact of Technology-Enhanced, 4C's Focused Health Education Instruction on Students at a Low Performing School

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Jennifer Banas, EdD MPH, Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Sarah Gershon, BA, Waukegan High School, Chicago, IL
To be successful in their personal lives, community, and future workplace, students must develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills (4C’s;  In schools where college readiness is below average, bolstering these life skills is even more important. This study identified the impact of technology-enhanced, health education instruction on the 4C’s.  METHODS: This was a pre-post, non-experimental design. Participants were 119 health education students at a Midwest high school. Compared to state averages, students at this school academically underperform. As the intervention, students: 1) constructed a safe social media profile; 2) discussed cyberbullying, sexting, and digital footprints; 3) used online apps to calculate body mass index and recommended calorie intake; 4) used reputable health information websites to research nutritional value of fast foods and symptoms of STIs; and 6) worked in teams to develop an ATOD Google Slides presentation. A 23-item survey, rooted in the 4 C’s, was administered at the beginning/end of the semester. RESULTS:  There was a significant change [t(118) = 3.7, p<.001] in critical thinking (efficacy in using technology to find information and to manage/improve health; and in communication [t(118) = 3.5, p<.001)] (efficacy in using technology to communicate). There was no change in creativity (efficacy in using technology to showcase learning), or in collaboration (efficacy to work with a classmate to create something using technology). CONCLUSION: Small efforts to intentionally develop the 4C’s can make a positive impact, but students might need direct guidance in how to use technology to collaborate or to foster creativity.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain the role of the 4C's (communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking) in one's personal, community, and work lives. Evaluate the impact of technology-enhanced, health education instruction on the 4C's

Keyword(s): Teaching, Children and Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a high school health teacher for 6 years and now a tenured faculty instructor of preservice health education teachers for 7 years. I have earned a MPH, a MSEd in Curriculum&Instruction, and an EdD in Instructional Technology.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.