Working together for a Bett-er education

This year’s Bett Show is taking place in January at the ExCeL in London. With 850 leading companies attending, Bett – the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape – promises to showcase 103 exciting new edtech start-ups and bring together over 34,700 attendees from the global education community.

They come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

Here, we take a look at just a handful of the exciting products and services on show at Bett, to help you decide how to plan your day.

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is returning to Bett at stand D260. The educational not-for-profit will be updating schools on its range of new initiatives to help educators save money, keep children safe online, tackle educational inequality and energise teaching and learning. Those initiatives include Let’s Get Digital, a scheme to help schools get the most out of technology and incorporating groundbreaking projects with Microsoft and Google. LGfL will also be showcasing its new range of educational resources and solutions that includes innovative use of augmented and virtual reality including Sigurd the Dragon, a BETT finalist this year.Bett Show looking at education resources

Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO said, “We’re excited to demonstrate our expanded solutions for collaborative learning spaces"

Bett 2018 is also the first time Sony (stand B250) will be showcasing its active learning solution, Vision Exchange. This is a collaboration solution that encourages freedom and supports students with active learning. By bringing together students, lecturers and presenters in a dynamic workgroup-based environment, lecturers can inspire knowledge exchange, creative dialogue and higher order thinking. 

Nureva Inc., an award-winning collaborative solutions company, will be demonstrating the latest version of its integrated solutions on stand C160. New features in Nureva Span software, digital working walls and the HDL300 audio-conferencing system combine to create a dynamic collaborative learning environment for primary, secondary and postsecondary settings around the world.

Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO said, “We’re excited to demonstrate our expanded solutions for collaborative learning spaces to the global education community attending Bett. Visitors to our stand will see how new features in Span software and the addition of the HDL300 audio conferencing system open up exciting opportunities to create truly unique learning experiences.” 

Fiction Express by Boolino (stand D320) is a reading and literacy resource developed for primary and secondary schools that engages young readers in unique ways – always putting fun and learning at the heart of activities. Boolino’s innovative book platform, Fiction Express, connects students with authors which encourages reading for pleasure through fun co-creation of stories. It has been designed to improve poor reading habits by exciting children about literature and turning them into eager readers through the power of engagement.

Gratnells (stand A310) promises to deliver stylish yet practical storage solutions. From its original roots in the educational industry, over the years Gratnells has expanded and now provides integrated storage solutions for a variety of environments including healthcare. More recently, the Gratnells PowerTray and PowerTrolley have been introduced into the company’s portfolio, providing a cost-effective, intelligent charging solutions for USB devices in schools and colleges.


Arena hosts expert speakers from across education


The Bett Arena is the home of the most inspirational talks and biggest stories and developments in technology in education. The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, will be addressing the crowds when she officially opens Bett 2018. To help avoid missing your favourite speakers, a screening area on the show floor will ensure that even if you cannot get to the Arena you won’t miss out.

In the School’s Theatre, educators at every level in the Primary and Secondary sector will find advice on being effective with budgets, managing teacher workload, dealing with teacher recruitment and retention, finding tools and ways to manage pupil progress and attainment plus creative teaching. Bett promises great keynotes, insights, and world-class speakers who will share amazing stories about new approaches to pedagogy and the application of cutting-edge technology in a school.

Some of the key tech themes being explored include the effective assessment of computing learning and demonstrating the value of tech to your Senior Leadership Team and infrastructure. Having the bandwidth and systems in place to support good tech in the classroom is paramount, and some of the great brands who will be speaking in these areas include Microsoft, HP, Intel, Lego Education and pi-top.

In the Post 16 Theatre, topics for secondary and further and higher education will be explored including building 21st-century skills, adaptive learning, A.I., analytics and flipped and blended learning.

Science, technology, engineering and maths gets a real boost at Bett. The STEAM Village & Bett Futures area promises to address the “Mind the (digital skills) gap” in the UK. Putting the TEAM into STEAM, this part of the exhibition brings together like-minded individuals who are ready to join (and fight for) the STEAM revolution! The STEAM Village is an area of inspiration for educators, techies and students to get hands on and develop skills to take back to the classroom. This part of the show is all about “learning through play” in a friendly and relaxed environment. 

In the STEAM Village, look out for pi-top, who will bring STEAM education to life with physical computing. Designed for collaborative, project-based learning, even those new to computing can rapidly gain confidence in teaching key computing skills. Texas Instruments unveils a new calculator-powered robot, the TI-Innovator Rover that puts math into motion.

Meanwhile, showcasing edtech start-ups from around the world, Bett Futures provides a platform for educators and leaders to explore emerging learning technologies and methodologies. Discover the newest, boldest and most inventive products set to make a real impact on the future of education. 

At Bett Futures, check out edvinca, a technology company builder that has helped build fast-growth, disruptive technology companies in selected sectors. And Pobble is a literacy platform which helps teachers to plan exciting lessons, connect with classes around the world and make the moderation of writing easier.

However you spend your time at Bett this year, you can be sure to uncover some valuable new resources and approaches to learning from the best of the best in the education community.

Bett 2018 will take place between the 24 and 27 January. See for more details.

January 12, 2018

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