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2012 Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference

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Panel #26
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
101 Ways Technology Can Help Increase Your Green Behavior
Sunday, August 5, 2012
10:40 AM–12:00 PM
US Bank Conference Theater
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D.
SATORU SHIMAMUNE (Hosei University, Japan)
JANET S. TWYMAN (UMass Medical School/Shriver Center)

We live in a digital world. Recent estimates project 176.3 million smartphone users in the US by 2015 (81% of the US population; eMarketer, 2012) and 5.9 billion mobile subscribers worldwide (mobiThinking, 2011). While "going green" could involve getting off the grid and shunning our 24/7 digital access, we also could harness the power of the Internet and digital devices to help us engage in more green behaviors in our daily lives. This session will describe numerous simple, low cost tools that can be used on computers or smart devices to help people monitor, track, evaluate, and ideally change their behavior to better help the environment. A selection of particularly useful, innovative, or effective "apps" and systems will be presented. Participants will be provided a list of 101 different tools that they can use and have the opportunity to describe some of the tools they have found useful.

Conference attendees who plan to participate in this breakout session are asked to add this event to their personal schedules (below) to help with discussion planning.

Satoru Shimamune, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Hosei University in Japan where he teaches behavior analysis and experimental psychology. He also is affiliated with the university’s Life Skills Education Institute where he supervises a wide range of research projects on sustainable programs aimed at helping teachers, institutional staff, managers, and business consultants manage their behavior. His writings, which include several introductory textbooks for Japanese readers on behavior analysis, performance management, and instructional design, have contributed to the dissemination of behavior analysis in Japan. He has served on the Executive Council of the Japanese Association for Behavior Analysis for the past 20 years, and has served as the editor of the Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis for the past three years. He has a long-standing interest in the theoretical analysis of everyday community and cultural topics, such as promptness, recycling, and etiquette. His latest book, Why Are We Late for Appointments?, explains how to identify the likely causes of our inaction and what we can do about it. He does this in plain Japanese and without reference to hypothetical constructs such as personality traits and abilities.

Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA. A career educator, Dr. Twyman has been a preschool and elementary school teacher, a principal and administrator, and university professor. She has worked directly with typically developing students, preschoolers with intellectual disabilities, adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems, and learners with autism spectrum disorders, and for more than a decade has worked at the forefront of merging evidence-based educational methods with new and emerging technologies. As a vice president at Headsprout, she led the design, development, and dissemination of the company’s Internet-based reading programs and oversaw their implementation in more than 1,500 public and private schools. Dr. Twyman is invited to present nationally and internationally on effective instructional practices, including a 2011 presentation on technology and education for learners in developing countries at the United Nations. She is active on the boards of numerous organizations including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (as Education Group Chair) and PEER International (assisting township schools in Port Elizabeth, South Africa).In 2007-2008, she served as president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Currently an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Twyman’s research interests involve understanding basic learning processes so that we may build meaningful instructional technology programs with for use with all learners.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BACB-certified behavior analysts and licensed psychologists.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to do the following:

1.      Be aware of numerous simple, low-cost tools that can be used on computers or smart devices to help people monitor, track, evaluate, and ideally change their behavior to better help the environment.

2.      Know about particularly useful, innovative, or effective "apps" and systems.

3.      Describe some of the 101 different tools that they can use.



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