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The structures and demands of today's curriculum frameworks have essentially squeezed the fun out of education. Academic rigour and results are paramount, so much so, that many educational endeavours which focus on fun are either misunderstood and delivered or frowned upon by administrators as a waste of time. Yet, as evidenced by innovative classrooms all over the world, a new approach to education demands that we take fun more seriously.
In recent years, research has clearly shown that having fun (playing) is as critical to the optimal development of a human being as sleep and nutrition. It is equally clear that all human growth and learning occurs outside one's comfort zone, in the Stretch Zone, so to speak. Yet, the million-dollar question is - how do we, as educators, invite students to willingly step outside their comfort zones to try new things, develop their skills and grow? Mark's simple answer, his most potent weapon to meet this challenge, is to have fun. But, in the words of Dr Suess - "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how."
In this practical and fun ''playnote” presentation, Mark will share a series of simple strategies which leverage fun to help students, for example, turn up to class on time, willingly participate and connect meaningfully with others. Drawn from the content of his latest book called Serious Fun, you will thoroughly enjoy Mark's presentation.


About Mark
Mark is an experiential trainer, author and founder of Playmeo, a small professional development business best known for hosting the largest online database of group games & activities in the world. His training and resources help teachers learn the skills and strategies they need to invite students to have fun, engage and connect with others. 
He has written three top-selling activity books including No Props, Count Me In and Serious Fun which are sold worldwide. His passion lies in a strong belief that group games and activities are a powerful (and attractive) way to help people connect. As will be demonstrated in his keynote address, Mark knows that strong and trusting relationships amplify the results of any program, no matter the content.
Based in Melbourne Australia, Mark is a highly sought-after trainer and keynote speaker on the national and international circuit. On a personal note, Mark has been struck by lightning twice, can’t back-up a car towing a trailer to save himself and has camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for three days (as part of a logging protest.)
Mark Collard, Experiential Trainer & Author,