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Wednesday, June 8 • 9:50am - 10:50am
Featured: Power of Play: The Why of Whimsy

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Most of our first learning comes from play, so why do we often stop promoting play as we progress through school and our careers? We know that play boosts cognitive, social, linguistic, emotional, and physical development. Albert Einstein noted that “ Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought”. In the shift from the Industrial economy to the Knowledge and Creative economies, knowing how to leverage play and humour for learning and communication is increasingly important. Students, teachers, and professionals need to unlearn stifling patterns and relearn the habits of daily, dedicated play. Comedian John Cleese claims that “he who laughs most, learns best”, and that “if you want more creative workers, give them time to play”. If play is the new literacy, then how do we do we become play-literate? This hands-on session explores the Power of Play and the “why’s” of Whimsy, particularly in education but in our personal intellectual and creative lives as well. Participants will have the opportunity to tinker with remix and mashup projects and develop strategies to foster playfulness and creativity on a daily basis. We’ll look at embracing play, scheduling - (yes, scheduling!) play, cultivating a mindset that encourages play, and creating spaces that enable play. Because “men do not quit playing because they grow old, they grow old because they quit playing” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

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Amy Burvall

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →

Wednesday June 8, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am

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