Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Best of Bett 2015

Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Best of Bett 2015

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Bett is to education technology what CES is to the wider technology world. Every year, thousands of people flock to this education technology show from all over the world. Now in its 31st year, Bett continues to expand and experiment--a far cry from when it opened with a couple of dozen exhibitors in one hall.

Generally speaking, Bett tends to be good for four things: catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, finding out what's new, and getting an overall picture of where things are going. This year was no exception, but I'd like to focus in particular on that last one: what did Bett tell us about the current trends in education technology?

1 THERE HAS BEEN A CONTINUATION OF THE MOVE TOWARDS INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS.

This appeared in several guises. For example, Microsoft announced Office Mix, which allows you to collaborate with others on PowerPoint in real time. Google announced Google Play for Education, which makes educational apps easily available for staff and students. In fact, given Google's presence in the device, apps, and cloud markets, there is almost no reason that a school should need a virtual learning environment or learning platform, or to fret about backups and storage. Other companies have come up with similar "one-stop shops."

Another example of integration is how working has become even more accessible from wherever you are. For example, the Capita SIMS app allows teachers to access and add to students' records of attendance and achievement from their phone or tablet. This is synchronized with the school's central data bank in real time. For example, a student can be awarded a "Well done" certificate in her lesson, and be congratulated on that achievement by the principal as she walks out of the classroom.

2 THERE WAS A PROLIFERATION OF ASSESSMENT SOLUTIONS BUILT INTO CONTENT AND ACTIVITY APPLICATIONS. …

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