Is Happiness Contageous?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:27 am
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Read this article in the Magazine section of the New York Times, Is Happiness Catching?


If this theory is correct, then what are the implications of a social media, a play-based learning language for teaching and learning?

The implications are revolutionary.

A socially driven media and learning language means being able to transform schools into healthy, thriving habitats from the factory farm education our system has unfortunately evolved into.

Play is a form of energy that drives joy and happiness, not merely the mantra of early childhood education. Play is a major research focus of learning science. Play civilizes and humanizes. You can't teach kids through Play so much as you can reach them through play-based media that touches their hands, hearts, and minds, and opening them to make them more receptive to learning and the world around them.

Want kids to love school? Surround them with play-based friends a la Puppetools and with the kind of creative thinking they elicit and promote in the young. Want older children to think productively and embody values such as tolerance and empathy? Use media that is socially driven.

Want to change our education system? Join Play Tectonics—the movement to transform education through play-based communication, and you will join a full blown application of Christaskis and Fowler’s theory.
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