Unlike many shows, Bett is free to visit and all seminar sessions are also free of charge. There are many opportunities for educator development, so please take time to visit the www.bettshow.com website to ensure you reserve your place on the right sessions.
In the LearnLive primary theatre on the first day of Bett, Wednesday 21st January James Wilding, the Academic Principal of Claires Court, an Independent School of 1000 children aged 3 to 18, based in Maidenhead, England will be offering his advice on achieving ‘Learning Excellence in the Cloud.’ The session which will start at 16:45 will outline how Claires Court adopted Google Apps for Edu in September 2011, across the whole educational piece from early years to college. Excellent outcomes from Inspection for Curriculum, Learning, Teaching, SMSC and Pastoral Care tell their own story, and James Wilding brings the whole story together in a coherent conversation about working in the Cloud with both children and adults.
Those who will be at Bett at 11:15 on Friday 23rd January will benefit from attending the Support for All theatre, where Johanna Gates, SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) at Sherborne Abbey Primary school will be talking about using mobile technologies safely in the classroom. Prensky coined the term ‘Digital Natives’ to describe this new generation. In Johanna’s view, the digital immigrants are the ones who will help these digital natives to stay safe on the net. In this session she will talk about how to integrate e-safety in our classes, help parents understand the pros and cons of technology and finally talk about the e-safety project we started with our high school students to raise awareness.
This session leads us into tomorrow’s preview on seminars and resources for those with special educational needs.
Turning to resources to support the adoption of mobile technology, on booth E56 the team at WildKnowledge will be offering its advice to visitors on enabling you to explore and gather information about our world through mobile and tablet technology. Schools using the WildKnowledge combine this with outdoor learning to embed ICT in the curriculum and engage students in subjects from the sciences to geography, history and math. So if you wish to take education beyond the classroom, WildKnowledge is on hand to help.
French company, digiSchool is also worth a visit to see the first multi-digital resource (web, mobile, tablet) for people between 15 and 25 years. digiSchool federates a community of more than 4 million members and 6.5 million users every month who share, learn and improve their skills together (video lessons, applications, quiz). All content is free. digiSchool will be on booth C98.
Visitors to booth B150 will experience the knowledge on offer from Chinese supplier Hebei Haijie Modern Educational Equipment. The organisation manufactures multimedia teaching systems, smart lecterns, digital podiums, notebook/laptop/ iPad/tablet mobile charging carts, interactive whiteboard solutions and a range of products to support mobile learning.
One of the biggest booths at Bett is C116 where Texas based LearnPad, the education tablet solution provider will be showing its multiple award-winning Octavo and Quarto tablets and demonstrating how the learning content and management tools are designed to ensure effective implementation into the classroom. With tablets implemented in over 15,000 schools, LearnPad’s classroom solutions are exclusively created to enhance and support teaching and learning. All learning content is curriculum aligned globally, including the US.
We all recognize that today’s education needs to be underpinned with the technology that has transformed every other industry, but how do we get there? On booth D180 Lightspeed Systems will be showing visitors how by engaging students in meaningful projects, by creating learning communities, by extending learning beyond the class walls and school bells, and by making sure that schools are empowered to safely and easily use transformative technologies, this can be achieved. Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and collaborative and has extensive experience of working with 1:1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes.
Please visit www.bettshow.com to register your attendance and reserve your place on the range of seminars. Tomorrow we’ll look at seminars and resources to support the teaching of children with special educational needs.