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BETT 2018


BETT 2018


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ith its sights firmly set on the future, Bett 2018 will explore the challenges that face schools now and how we can all work together to overcome them.


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Justine Greening, Bett will launch its new annual temperature check for innovation in education; the Bett Innovation Index. The proj


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be presented for the first time to outline the culture of innovation that develops in institutions who engage with new approaches to technology. Other sessions at the show will take a look at emerging pedagogy, global and local education movements, practical considerations and, of course, inspiring stories.We select a few here… In the main schools programme, peer-led seminars take a current issue and a current solution or approach at work within a school that other schools can learn from. Taking the computing curriculum and the issue of how to make it inspiring when teachers may not have the right level of computing knowledge. Tony Gilbert,


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The rapid changes that we’ve been through in the past two years, let alone the past 20, mean that the way we consume, create and share information is now totally different, especially for children. The popular and oft quoted estimate that around 65 per cent of the jobs that children entering primary school today will do when they leave don’t even exist year drives the pace of change home, and education plays a vital role in preparing children for this unknown future. Bett will explore what’s emerging, from the tech to the practices, the collaborations to the networks (both human and IT). The show is a platform for those passionate about transforming education, and the content brings together the stories, people and inspirations to help teachers learn, and take knowledge and tools back to their school to help inform their practice. Content at Bett is divided across four main theatres and the Bett Arena is home to some of the inspirational talks, big stories and developments in technology in education. The 2018 arena sessions will be ound the show floor to help al issue of demand versus


computing lecturer and ICT Leader (and Intel Visionary) at New College is working with the Digital Schoolhouse Programme to help with this and he shares the approaches of the not for profit initiative that trains schools. Funded by companies so that schools don’t pay, the rogramme aims to inspire teachers and young upils to tackle common misconceptions within the UK computing curriculum. The programme leverages innovation and expertise from


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academia and industry, bringing teacher training courses and companies like Playstation together to help schools. Teaching computing through ance and networking, jigsaw puzzles, word ames and role play as part of his schools’ play- ased learning approach.


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Also on the topic of professional development is the seminar from Claire Jones, Assistant head teacher, Layton Primary School. In 2012, Layton Primary was ranked in the bottom 42 per cent of s chools in the country, and profession al


development did not correlate with the school’s vision to develop independent teachers and learners. To address this challenge, Layton rolled out a professional development programme that resulted in teachers taking control of their


professional development and creating personalised learning experiences for their students. Five years on, the school has been graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Find out how in her session.


The role of technology in the classroom will continue to be debated for a long time, but the experience of Ollie Bray, head teacher at


Kingussie High School and Fellow at the Scottish College for Educational Leadership, lays out the benefits that he’s found so that others can take what they need from his school’s experience. Emerging tech can be one of the strongest themes at Bett and much has been said about what augmented and virtual reality (AR / VR) can do for education. Ian Phillips from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School will talk about how they are using VR to help them become immersive


storytellers, creating 360-degree virtual tours, and finding new ways to solve glitches using project- based learning. The students will present their work at the Independent School Council’s Digital Strategy Conference in November .


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Edtech can encompass anything from mobile devices and collaborative tools to artificial intelligence and augmented or virtual reality and Bett is probably the one opportunity to test and try everything in person and take advantage of the incentives and discounts offered during the show. It’s hard to know who to pick from the 850 exhibitors but we highlight a few here…


TavashamCIC (stand G350) will launch its Collaborative Teaching Platform at the BETT Show in January 2018. The platform allows groups of participants to access scenarios, view information and make collaborative votes on possible solutions. Platform content is supplied via packs of information that shape the participants’ missions, which are comprised of map locations, textual information, imagery, resolutions and results. The platform’s inbuilt editor allows teachers of almost any subject t o tailor the content to their own requirements. The platform is networked allowing groups of participants to access it via their mobile devices and interface with a main screen. How each group dealt with the issues and the result of their decision-making is visible to the tutor and on the master screen. The platform will be able to


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