UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Digital Emergency Medicine is proud to share the Learning for Life resources for educators teaching grades 4-7. These new teaching resources include an accessible and easy to use teacher’s guide with lesson plans. The cross-curricular content is matched to the new K-9 core competencies, related to the social emotional learning component of the physical and health education curriculum.

Learning for Life focuses on building skills in digital health literacy and building knowledge around sleep hygiene, mental health and wellness. Activities for students include in-class and take-home activities, along with an exciting online choose-your-own-adventure comic book!

Developing a healthy foundation in digital health literacy at an early age benefits children for life.




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School-aged children in Canada are highly involved with information technology and social media. According to a 2010 Stats Canada survey, nearly 80%, or 19.2 million, of Canadians aged 16 and older are going online for personal reasons. However, with an overwhelming amount of health care information and tools available on the internet and a lack of established guidelines or trusted advocates on how to use them, locating and selecting the most appropriate information can be difficult.

Learning for Life was a two-year pilot initiative developed to address the gap between students’ technological literacy and health literacy. The project spanned from August 2014 to 2016.

The project objectives were threefold:

  1. To develop a digital health literacy curriculum and resources for elementary and middle school students;
  2. To understand how digital health literacy can be embedded into school curricula; and
  3. To host digital health literacy educational events to increase interest in digital health and test the curriculum.

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Alongside a diverse and committed stakeholder committee, which included teachers, school administrators, not for profit organizations and other experts, the Digital Emergency Medicine team interactively developed and rigorously tested a resource package containing both in-class, take-home, and online components.

The Learning for Life resource package allows teachers to deliver fun, engaging, and developmentally-appropriate lessons to their classrooms focusing on the various aspects of digital health literacy in combination with health content, such as sleep hygiene and mental health.

The content was piloted at four schools situated across the province, with a range of student demographics. The final product is packaged as a resource for teachers to incorporate digital health into their in-class teachings. The content package contains a variety of in-class and at-home activities that integrate digital health literacy into daily life and increase both student and parent awareness of the impact that technology can have to improve health. The activities also connect to and develop a variety of core competencies in other subject areas, including math, science, and language arts.


For further information, please contact Elizabeth Stacy, Research Coordinator

Email: elizabeth.s@ubc.ca

Phone: 604-822-8308