For many of us, adapting our existing programs during the pandemic to suit a virtual audience has been a challenge. Worse, when the group we are working with cannot or chooses not to switch on their webcam.
But what if you’re working with a group that is blind or visually impaired? This was exactly the situation facing Chad Littlefield a few weeks ago.
As a long-time playmeo member, Chad reached out for help. We connected online for about 90 minutes, and together had a ball game-storming dozens of activity ideas that would work perfectly well for a group of visually impaired participants.
Group Games with No Video
Our context was to focus on only those group games that could (a) be presented online and (b) could be played without visuals, ie no webcams switched on. These two factors were our bottom line. If the activity could not be adapted to meet these two needs, it got passed over.
In essence, we were programming for radio and as an ex-radio presenter, this was exciting for me.
Twelve, actually thirteen of my favourite ‘group games with no video’ are shared below:
Note, we compiled a much bigger list (than shared below) and owing to limited time, not all of them were presented by Chad during his client session. As you know, it’s always better to have more than you need than to be caught short.
Do You Have a Burning Question, Too?
Take a leaf out of Chad’s book and reach out to playmeo.
If you’re a playmeo member, my time is free and I adore nothing more than connecting online to tackle your programming questions. In the past month alone I have workshopped the following programmatic questions with members in the United States, Australi and South Korea.
Designing an inclusive/diversity/sexuality program
How to introduce a ropes course activity to online participants
How to inject some serious fun into a dry online presentation
What to do with dominant personalities in a corporate group.
What’s your most pressing programmatic question or concern right now?