Revitalising the curriculum and engaging kinaesthetic learners is the theme on stand G80 where Technogym (www.technogym.com), together with students and teachers from across the nation, will be demonstrating how its range of fitness equipment can be used to capture data from each pupil for use in maths, physics and language lessons and to personalise the learning experience. A supporter of world sport, Technogym is the sole supplier of gym equipment to the Athlete’s Village for the Olympics 2012. Biomechanically sound, it is suitable for use by able and disabled athletes and students.
Oddizzi is previewing the latest version of its multimedia website for primary schools providing knowledge and understanding of the world. Oddizzi features an interactive map, live news feed, written content, imagery, video, games and the ability to link with classrooms around the world. Oddizzi is not only a resource for the teaching of geography, it also supports the teaching of literacy, global issues, PSHE, MFL, maths, ICT, citizenship and multicultural topics, and addresses community cohesion. Visit stand P47 to see it for yourself.
Serco Learning (www.sercolearning.com) is demonstrating its £20million-plus investment in education – the fourth generation cloud-based Management Information System (MIS), Progresso, developed in conjunction with over 2000 schools. Replacing 20th century systems with 21st century cloud-based technology, a multitude of new and enhanced features are claimed to distinguish Progresso from traditional school hosted MIS systems designed in the last century. Visitors to stand F20 at BETT can discover how Progresso could help their school lead with innovation. They will also have the chance to speak to educational experts and attend live seminars to see real-life examples of how the software works.
European Electronique on stand D80 are holding a few interesting events, including daily prize draws to win Kindles and iPads. The Education Leaders conference gathers school leaders and education chiefs from local government from around and beyond the UK. As part of the conference, on Wednesday 11th January at 2-3pm, European Electronique is hosting an afternoon tea briefing session in partnership with Toshiba and Scale Computing. Pop by to learn about mobile devices and solutions to the challenges of data management in schools. You will need to register by visiting the conference website http://www.bettukleaders.com/bettukconf/website/default.aspx?refer=1
On Friday 13th January from 12-2pm, European Electronique is also hosting a networking event at Pizza Express, Olympia – you can pick up free pizza, salads, beer and soft drinks!
The TAP·it Tech Tour 2012 will provide nearly a dozen students the opportunity to interact with the latest hardware and software at BETT, as well as a chance to be on live radio. The tour will make four stops from 1pm on Wednesday 13th January. Tour visits include: BETT Radio, Sherston Software (B56), SMART™ Technologies (B50), and TAP·it (SN71).
Experienced academic administrator Dr. Raymond Heipp will lead the excursion, stopping first at BETT Radio where students will see and participate in a live radio broadcast. They will meet Russell Prue, show host and award winning ICT Evangelist. Next, students will visit Sherston Software’s Planet Sherston. The company is launching its student home interface at BETT 2012, and is giving tour goers an exclusive first look at the program that allows students to chose an avatar, and care for it by completing learning activities.
The next stop is SMART Technologies, where students will have some fun with SMART’s professional artist. Students will interact with SMART’s hardware and software and preview firsthand their new, artistic capabilities. Finally, the Tech Tour will take students to the TAP·it stand, for an opportunity to experience intended touch technology.
TAP·it Tech Tour leader Dr. Heipp has served the educational community in a number of capacities since 1986 as a classroom teacher, Cura Personalis Director, Assistant Principal, Dean of Curriculum, and Adjunct Faculty. Dedicated to the belief that every child should have equal access to learning tools, Dr. Heipp can be found providing key-note addresses, leading break-out sessions, and delivering presentations at dozens of educational conferences.
UniServity, global provider of award-winning online learning solutions, consultancy and training to over 3,000 customers in 90 local authorities and 22 countries worldwide, is celebrating the launch of The Life Foundation on stand E125. Building on the success of UniServity’s existing professional teacher network, the Life Foundation gives professionals access to UniServity’s proven change management approach (The Life Plan), as well as the opportunity to share experiences; supporting, interacting and learning from its ever-growing community of practicing teachers, learners, leaders and innovators.
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. On stand SN82, it is showcasing Bookworm, which is designed to transform any book in your library into a switch-adapted audio book in minutes! With a built in SD memory card, Bookworm lets you create your own audiobook library.
On stand B25, Lightspeed Technologies, a leading provider of classroom audio/soundfield solutions, will unveil the new TOPCAT in-ceiling wireless classroom audio system. The TOPCAT wireless classroom audio system is designed to meet the requirements of new construction projects and improve the learning environment by distributing high quality audio evenly to ensure every student can hear. The single, unobtrusive flush-mount ceiling speakers are both simplistic and cost-effective for school-wide and district-wide installations.
This a just a TASTE of what’s on offer at BETT – look out for more coming over the next few days!