The opportunity to see all available resources from across the world designed to meet your specific needs and to learn from the wealth of free training seminars, makes a trip to Bett a wonderfully positive experience. Unlike other shows, Bett is free to attend and all seminar sessions are also free of charge. Visit the My Bett story section of the BettShow.com website to see comments from some of last year’s American visitors.
Once you arrive at the show, the main Information Point, run by the education sector’s trade association and the co-founders of Bett, the British Educational Suppliers’ Association (BESA) is the best place to go for any information you are looking for.
It is interesting to consider why Bett has thrived over the years compared with many other shows that decline and fade away. Annually, Bett attracts around 35,000 visitors from more than 100 different countries, in fact over 30 per cent of visitors travel from overseas to what has become the annual hub of inspiration for technology based learning inspiration.
The exhibitors are certainly a part of the Bett phenomenon. The over arching reason for its success, is because Bett and its exhibitors operate in a very different way to the norm. Rather than ‘selling’ they see Bett as the opportunity to meet with their audiences, to understand their needs and offer advice and the opportunity to really understand the place of their products in the classroom. It’s all about joining the ‘education technology’ conversation.
By speaking to the educators who visit each year, the continuing attraction of Bett can be summarized in four ways: it is about the knowledge that can be gathered, Bett’s openness to encourage discussion and debate, the inspiration it delivers and of course its passion in terms of the celebration of technology’s incredible contribution to learning.
Bett really has evolved to be the catalyst for education technology advancement and each year keeps the world of learning ahead of the game; ensuring educators benefit from the tools and approaches to help students flourish.
In the same way, the exhibitors are exceptional and unique in their approach to visitors.
When asked why they attend Bett each year, visitors commonly say “to learn” or “to be inspired for the year ahead” or simply “to give me the comfort that I am investing in the right products for our specific needs.”
The beauty of Bett is that in just one day visitors can meet with various suppliers of a specific product or service, evaluate each and ask all the questions needed to make an informed decision. It offers an opportunity to really be a part of the learning evolution.
For school leaders, the School Leaders Summit aims to address these challenges, offering senior leadership teams of K-12 educational establishments the opportunity to learn, share and discuss the key and current issues facing the sector. With key themes such as STEM, coding and the curriculum, identifying and meeting SEN requirements, evidencing the impact of technology in education and using peer to peer collaboration to blend technology and learning, this is a programme not to be missed.
Many educators visit the show for its un-paralleled quality and quantity of seminars and conferences. A broad range of free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offered by the LearnLive CPD sessions, School Leaders Summit and the highly popular speaking sessions in the Bett Arena attract teachers and school leaders searching to be inspired and trained so they return to school with a new level of insight.
To give you a taste of the quality of speakers, on Friday at 16:45 Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, will be looking at National education systems worldwide and their reform to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Sir Ken argues in this powerful presentation that many countries are pushing reforms in the wrong direction. He will be explaining why too many are locked into a model of education shaped by the Industrial Revolution and a narrow idea of academic ability. Urging schools and colleges everywhere to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement.
All seminars are listed on the www.bettshow.com website but each day we’ll provide you with a list of the seminars and products that support each subject area, starting with math on Monday and the STE of STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering) on Tuesday. On Wednesday we’ll move to look at mobile technologies and on Thursday we’ll preview all seminars and products to support children with special educational needs. On Friday we’ll finish with a round-up and our advice on getting the most from the Bett experience.