The 2016 Bett Show will take place at Excel in London from 20-23 January and promises to be better than ever! Since 1985, the Bett Show (British Educational Training and Technology Show) has been showcasing the use of information technology in education and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, attracting over 35,000 visitors from 113 countries.
This years’ event has some exciting key note speakers, some great exhibitors, and some fantastic stories and demonstrations, all of which are aiming to increase the awareness of and provide information about new educational technologies and how schools can introduce or improve their use of technology inside and outside of the classroom.
Here’s a snippet of what you can expect:
Females in Technology and breaking the gender stereotypes –
Chris Aitken, a Computing Science teacher at Wick High School will be talking about encouraging more girls to engage with STEM subjects and improving gender diversity in technology as well as discussing how links with industry can help expose females to the technology industry. A talk by sixteen year old Amy O’Toole will also touch on how creativity can enhance learning and how more girls should be inspired into Science.
Limitless Learning –
There’s a great 30 minute session being held on the Wednesday morning entitled ‘Limitless learning – how progressive schools are evolving technology plans to more closely support new teaching methods and students lifestyles,’ This will focus on real-life school examples and will cover key considerations for delivering a powerful and flexible student and teacher experience using mobile devices.
BBC Micro:bit –
The BBC Micro:bit team will be hosting a few sessions demonstrating the new hardware and discussing how coding is helping develop the new generation of tech pioneers. Very useful considering the roll-out of the Micro:bit is imminent.
There’ll be plenty of information about new interactive games and apps, such as Minecraft and the use of Raspberry Pi to make music, and how they can be useful in education and there’ll be some interesting seminars on science and using edtech to enhance creativity, as well as talks on using Windows 10 and Surface.
One of the key themes of this years’ Bett is the issue of Flipped or Blended learning. These types of learning methods are essentially ways in which pupils can undertake some of their learning outside of the classroom so that teachers can focus on more useful classroom activities and pupils can take more control over their own learning. The methods also see the introduction of more online learning environments and aim to make the learning experience more practical and engaging.
Robin van der Eyken, head of year six at St Christopher’s Junior School will discuss the experiences he’s come across and try to encourage dialogue with other non-ICT teachers regarding the implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the creation of a flipped classroom.
Kirsty Tonks, the Assistant Principal for e-learning and Teaching School Director at Shireland Collegiate Academy, one of the first schools to pioneer the flipped learning approach will be at Bett to tell attendees what all the fuss is about regarding these innovative teaching methods. A sneak-peak and more information on flipped learning and what to expect from Kirsty can be found here: http://www.bettshow.com/Content/Flipped-learning-in-action/
By attending Bett, teachers and educators can also take part in interactive hands-on workshops which aim to assist in the understanding and comprehension of the technological resources and products available for their schools.
Seminars, talks, sessions and demonstrations all form part of Bett and with exhibitors from the likes of Classroom Monitor, 3P Learning, Microsoft, BBC, Fujitsu, HP, Crick Software, Google, and many, many more, this years’ show is bound to send you away fulfilled and ready to embrace all the new and existing wonderfully inspired technology and advancements in education. Transforming the teaching process and enhancing the learning experience has never looked more exciting!
For more information on all the speakers and exhibitors, and the schedules for seminars across the four-day show, and for details on how to register and get free tickets to the event, go to www.bettshow.com and be sure to check out the official Bett app and read the Bett Blog too.