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New technologies at Bett – update from Edugeek.net

Shaun Garriock from Edugeek tells us what to look out for at Bett 2013

Bett 2013 promises to bring together some of the world’s leading educational technologies under one roof in January, at its new London venue – the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. Many schools are now adopting some form of tablet programme making ‘Learning Anywhere’ and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) schemes a part of school life. At Bett you will see plenty of examples of technologies that are enabling learners to participate in true mobile learning; accessing information from school, home or wherever they are located.

This year sees the rise of many more options in the tablet and smartphone arena with Windows 8, Windows RT and
Android tablets all offering options for BYOD school use. Management across these devices can prove troublesome, but an array of new cloud based technologies allowing device management are there to help meet your requirements. These
supporting technologies allow learners secure access to their work and the school’s software remotely.

Advances in technologies such as application and desktop virtualisation have improved the ability for schools to distribute content as and when required. Learners can also have access to the software they need with a minimum of
technical knowledge.

With many schools now purchasing independent internet connections and high capacity wireless networks, consideration should also be given to providing robust and secure networks. Defences against both internal and
external threats are a matter of necessity, rather than a secondary concern in a school’s IT policy. From firewalls to filtering, there are a myriad of ways to keep your learners safe from internal and external threats and to ensure the smooth delivery of your school’s online services, many of which are on show this year at Bett.

Shaun Garriock,

For more news and views from Bett visitors and exhibitors, download 2013’s Bett Update


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