Dr Jo Blannin, educator, Australia
playmeo - Interactive Group Games & Activities
HundrED has not validated this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
Every idea starts with a problem & ours was clear: we all long for social connectedness but need to be convinced that interacting with others is not going to threaten or embarrass us.
This is where fun can weave its magic.
You see, when there’s no fun, students find it difficult to engage, and when there’s no trust, they pull back from participating. Our resources address these issues head-on.
How does your innovation work in practice?
We create powerful training workshops & online resources that help students connect and build their social and interpersonal skills.
We are best known for curating the largest searchable online database of group games & activities in the world, featuring 100s of icebreakers, energisers, trust exercises & team-building activities.
We are passionate about the use of fun group games & activities because they are a powerful (and thankfully, attractive) way to help students interact, build trust and connect more meaningfully with others.
Everything we do is designed to inspire, equip and empower teachers to use interactive group games & activities to help their students connect and build their social-emotional learning (SEL) skills.
When teachers join playmeo, they unlock 100s of fun group games in our online database. Our step-by-step instructions, video tutorials, leadership tips & reflection strategies help every teacher know how they can make a difference in their classroom.
How has it been spreading?
playmeo's database was launched in 2012. Our activities have spread to every corner of the world and attracted more than 9,000 users/members as of mid-2021. It is now regarded as the largest and most comprehensive searchable online database of group games & activities in the world.
With the advent of the COVID19 pandemic, we are actively building and expanding a suite of professional learning resources, which will form part of what we call the Serious Fun Academy. A significant part of the resources of our Academy will be offered for free, in addition to 12 annual (free) Mentorships to spread our unique approach to education more widely.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
The first step is to access our free resources, of which there are many.
Go to https://www.playmeo.com/free and chose one or more of our free resources such as our smartphone Group Games App, 7-Day Free Trial Membership and/or register for our free fortnightly newsletter and active Facebook Group.