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ERIC Number: ED541795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-4
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Helping Children Actively Design How They Learn about Health and Wellness: The Institute of Play Tests an Online Social Networking Tool within a Game-Based School Curriculum. Program Results Report
Parker, Susan
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Youth rarely receive opportunities to craft their own strategies around health and wellness within contexts relevant to them. From 2009 to 2010, the Institute of Play, based in New York, developed Being Me, a social networking site, to enable sixth-graders at the Quest to Learn public school to explore, discover and document a range of ideas related to health and wellness. According to the final report and the project director, the Institute of Play: (1) Created and launched Being Me, a social network that allowed students to explore and practice health and wellness by posting videos, photos, audio, games and writing; creating and contributing to blogs and debates; and finding mentors and collaborators; (2) Developed a sixth-grade wellness curriculum that connected Being Me with classroom work in physical education, health, nutrition and social and emotional learning; and (3) Worked with 77 sixth-graders to develop and manage content for Being Me. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation