Monday, December 05, 2005

ICT and Education show

BETT 2006 takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre in London from 11th-14th January 2006. Its the biggest show in the UK for anything to do with ICT in schools and lifelong learning, including hardware, software, digital content, online resources, etc. A huge exhibition area is full of companies and organisations showing off, and well over twenty thousand educators will flow through the halls over the four days.

There's a seminar programme too, but for me that's not often a significant attraction (our own Scottish show SETT, each September in Glasgow, is stronger in this area). The thing that pulls me down to Olympia most years is the unrivalled range of digital 'stuff' on show.

So, if you're going, register online first. Then check the exhibitor list and plan your day to see what you can fit in. Each time I visit some of the regulars who will always have something fresh:
BBC, Channel 4, Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, Immersive Education, Intuitive Media, NESTA Futurelab, etc. I also hit the government stands, like Department for Education and Skills, Department for International Development, and Becta, all good for practical support material. Then I allow time to roam around a bit, to see what good things I come across by serendipity. Last year the Gigajam stand (music and ICT) was a hot one.

If you're a Scot, come over to the Learning and Teaching Scotland stand near the middle of the main hall.

Top tip for the day: Wear comfortable shoes!

2 comments:

Colin Maxwell said...

Will be sure to visit LTS stand. I'll be at BETT on 11th presenting at the Macromedia stand. If you'd like to see the presentation about accessibility, it's at 11.40 - 12.00 noon.

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