A. Instruction - 4
B. Design - 7.5
C. Engagement - 9
Happiness Wizard: An App for Introspection
Summary : Check Your Happiness!
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Happiness Wizard focuses on centering users on the components of their life that contribute to their well-being. After launching the app and registering, users complete a happiness assessment, which analyzes their top happiness contributors and areas to focus on for improving their happiness. Next, users return to Happiness Wizard’s main page, where they can select different categories (e.g., Life Priorities, My Time, Relationships, and more) under the “Creating Happiness” tab, and the app prompts them to enter specific information about what contributes to their contentment in those areas. In addition, Happiness Wizard contains a “Quotes” section that includes statements made by famous and/or historical individuals about living a meaningful and content life, and a “Reflect” section that prompts users to think back on their day. Happiness Wizard also includes “Notepad,” “Journal,” and “Ideas” sections that all prompt users to write about their happiness.
Please note: Users can access a majority of the content in this app for free. However, to access all the information, users will need to make an in-app purchase.
- Teachers can have students complete the happiness assessment at the beginning of each month and record their results. As students complete multiple assessments, they will be able to track changes in their happiness. Teachers can have students journal responses to the changes, and sample journal prompts include: (1) What has changed in your life that affected your happiness? (2) If you were going to improve your happiness in one area based on these results, what would it be? (3) Do you agree with the results and/or trends you’ve seen in your happiness assessment?
- Teachers can give students time to browse the quotes about happiness in this app. Afterward, teachers can have students paraphrase the quote or explain what the quote means to them. Students can complete the paraphrase or explanation orally or in writing.
- After becoming familiar with the types of quotes included in this app, teachers can have students write their own happiness quotes that model the ones found in this app, and post them to a class website. Teachers can have students respond to their classmate’s quotes by stating: (1) if they agreed or disagreed with the quote, (2) if they found meaning in the quote, and (3) if and/or how they could apply the quote to their life.
- Teachers can have students complete a section in the “Creating Happiness” tab and analyze their choices. To do so, students can select an area for focus and then complete all the prompts. Afterward, students can review their selections and then write a journal that explains if their choices do or do not reflect them.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|