BETT 2015 – Bright Lights, Amazing Tech and Dozens of App Consultations!
The BETT Show 2015 was everything you’d expect from the biggest education technology show in Europe. Were there bright lights? Yes. Was there a sometimes overwhelming amount of technology? Yes. Did we have sore feet by the end? Yes. Was there a power cut on Wednesday afternoon? Yes!
Here in the office, we’ve just about recovered. Our fingers are numb from scrolling on tablets during app consultations, but we’re above all reinvigorated and inspired by the sheer amount of innovation and enthusiasm experienced at the Excel centre by both technologists and educators alike.
What were the highlights?
Students stood up and executed wildly confident presentations about the way technology has enriched their learning. The BETT Futures arena held the best and brightest new minds of the EdTech industry, from app developers to wifi providers. Teachers from all over the world (hello to our new friends in Denmark, Saudi Arabia and Israel!) came to our stand and broadened our understandings of the way technology is used to personalise learning on not just a national but global scale.
Our stand (B358) was a direct result of collaboration efforts between the Educational App Store and Samsung UK. Since October 2014 we have acted as Samsung’s Digital Curriculum partners, which goes to show the ways in which support between companies, big or small, can be used to benefit and grow the integration of effective technology in the classroom.
We also had the pleasure of meeting Samsung President’s Andy Griffiths and S. H Jo, who were given a walk through of our Curriculum Gateway and the apps we’d located as being the best for curriculum alignment.
The beautifully created ‘Wall of Inspiration’ that surrounded the BETT Arena was a work of art itself. Hundreds of quotes covered the area and it was great to see the unabashed enthusiasm for teaching and learning spilling out, quite literally, onto the walls.
Speeches that stood out were Nicky Morgan MP’s public address and Sir Ken Robinson’s key note lecture on Wednesday and Friday respectively. To hear a member of parliament show such support for the integration of classroom technology is extremely encouraging for those in the digital content industry. Sir Ken Robinson’s speech was inspirational, not just for teachers but for students, developers, content creators and technology enthusiasts. Above all, a sense of passion that education technology can improve the learning experience of young people globally was reinstated amongst all those attending, and helped create a sense of kinship across the education community.
The EdTech Industry as it Stands
As content providers supplying teachers and schools with information and lesson resources relating to curriculum aligned apps, it’s always interesting to see where we fit into the industry’s narrative. In the constantly evolving digital world, educators are looking for ways that to provide the best teaching and learning experience to their students without having to overhaul their current teaching practices. Tablet programmes are becoming increasingly common in schools, so it is easy to see why more emphasis is now being placed on quality content as opposed to the hardware schools may already have. Teachers want to make sure that what they are using in the classroom doesn’t just work practically but pedagogically. From our experience, content acts as the ‘front line’ of digital teaching and learning, which is why it as just as important to get the digital content right as it is the school’s accompanying infrastructure.
We enjoyed a fantastic turnout at our Samsung School presentation ‘Matching Apps with the Curriculum’, which is an area we feel very passionately about. If you’d like to know how we do it, why we do it, or how you can access our teacher written reviews, lesson APPlans and resources, head over to the Teachers Curriculum Gateway or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having a coding lesson with Dick ‘n’ Dom fulfilled our Social Media Manager’s childhood dreams!
Don’t forget, if you attended BETT 2015 and would like a special discount code giving you access to our Teachers Curriculum Gateway for just over 40% off, email email@example.com!