This year I was lucky enough to exhibit at the BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) Show. BETT is an annual trade show in the United Kingdom that showcases the use of information technology in education. Founded in 1985, it has expanded to fill both the National and Grand Halls at the Olympia exhibition centre in London, England. BETT celebrated its 25th anniversary at the 2009 show.
This year I took two students to podcast the event for one of my academies wholesale partners; Misco.co.uk The aim was to bring students to the show and report from it using technology to transfer their findings. The themes were:
Interviews with technology providers that produce language software and hardware to facilitate language learning in a 21st century style.
Future Learning Spaces
Looking at how classrooms have evolved and where they are going in the future with regards to how technology is driving engagement in the classroom.
SEN (Special Educational Needs)
Interviews with visitors from around the world on how technology facilitates inclusion of SEN students in the modern curriculum.
An exclusive interview with Professor Stephen Heppell discussing how ‘playful learning’ is the next big thing in education and how technology drives engagement in a ‘playful’ environment.
BETT 2010 Award Winners
Interviews with a select number of 2010 winners of various awards to see how the title affects their businesses.
An afternoon spent at the Misco.co.uk stand interviewing exhibitors about the technology on show and showcasing its application in the education sector.
This event helped the students understand the power of technology in education, interview skills, podcast planning, podcast production, teamwork and of course bartering for freebies!
The tables turned for a brief hour or two on Thursday afternoon, when both Kathryn and Marcus were interviewed by Hexus about the impact podcasting was having on their learning and how it was being used commercially at the BETT show.
The event was enjoyed by all involved and this is clear by the quality of materials produced. A repository of the coverage can be found at http://web.me.com/umisco where the final collection can be viewed.
We thank Misco.co.uk for the opportunity and look forward to even more exciting events in the future!