Learning technology - Bigger on the inside

As schools move away from local authority control and the government gives them an increasing amount of autonomy to spend their budgets as they see fit the need for teachers, the reason for ICT heads and school leaders to visit Bett strengthens.

Because of the increasing increasing interest in the event, bot from  visitors and exhibitors, Bett 2013 makes the move to the much larger ExCeL in London’s docklands, which boasts unrivalled facilities and plenty of floor space.

For those weighing up whether to attend the show it is worth considering the value that it offers. The beauty of Bett is that in one day visitors can meet with all suppliers of a specific product or service, evaluate each and ask all the questions needed to make an informed decision. When considering the ‘cost’ of making the wrong decision, spending a day at Bett is invaluable.

Learn Live
On top of this, each year an escalating number of visitors also take time to attend the high level CPD accredited ‘Learn Live’ workshop sessions that are designed to inspire visitors with inspirational ideas to take back to their classroom or learning environment. These sessions are free of charge and only last 45 minutes, therefore visitors can fit one or two sessions in to their day.

Education leaders may also want to consider attending the conferences held at Bett each year. As more responsibility is placed on leaders to run their school as a successful business events where thoughts and ideas can be shared and debated become increasingly valuable. The School Leaders Summit, for example offers two days of impactful presentations, robust discussions and insightful master class sessions. This summit gives education leaders the opportunity to meet, learn from and enter discussions with leading figures in UK education and from education systems around the world.

Bett Arena
The new Bett Arena is a 1000-seat amphitheatre in the centre of the exhibitor area. In partnership with Microsoft, the Arena will host internationally renowned expert speakers, including ministers, politicians, media figureheads and recognised educationalists.

The Bett Arena is designed to connect visitors with thought-leading speakers from around the globe and will host free to attend sessions, where visitors will benefit from Microsoft’s strong experience in the learning technology sector; an experience that ICT leaders are unlikely to have the opportunity to experience elsewhere. Throughout the four days of the show, each will present insights and share thoughts into the latest trends and research in technology and learning.

For those visitors supporting students with special educational needs, the SEN Zone and range of workshops are sure to support educators working with a breadth of needs.

Whatever your area of interest in learning, trade association, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) will once again be manning the Central Information Point. Whether your question is about booking a workshop or finding an exhibitor that supplies KS2 modern foreign language resources, BESA is the stand to visit.

For more information
For a more in-depth preview of BETT please view the EB digital magazine - www.educationbusinessuk.net/digitalmag