This blogger went to BETT 2014. What he found will amaze you!
Jan31

This blogger went to BETT 2014. What he found will amaze you!

OK sorry for the headline. I was just curious what a bit of Upworthy-style hyperbole would do. The original title for this piece is : BETT 2014 Roundup pt 5: Other Things that Caught My Eye Less catchy eh? So this was the second BETT Show after the move to Excel from Olympia. There’s a lot to like about the new venue. Selfishly for me it’s a great deal easier to get to from where I live. I also like the large central space...

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BETT 2014 Roundup pt 3 : Coding and Computing for Schools
Jan29

BETT 2014 Roundup pt 3 : Coding and Computing for Schools

With the imminent arrival of the new National Curriculum for Computing in September, it’s not surprising that there were quite a few products at BETT designed to help teach the coding aspects. I know many teachers are concerned about having to teach this, as many have no coding experience themselves. Here are a few products that caught my eye. Espresso Coding Espresso Coding is the new site from digital content providers...

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A Belated Blogpost About Bett 2013
Feb25

A Belated Blogpost About Bett 2013

It’s been nearly a month since I attended the BETT 2013 exhibition and I haven’t yet written about the event. I’ve been super-busy with a couple of writing projects which have taken up a lot of my time recently which probably hasn’t helped. But the more I think about it the more I realised that it’s probably because the BETT show just didn’t excite me that much this year. There wasn’t really...

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BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 2
Jan17

BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 2

Here’s the second part of my BETT 2012 roundup, taking a look at the things that caught my eye in addition to the Interactive Whiteboards which I talked about in Part 1. Here’s a quick summary of some of the things I saw: BrainPop UK : BrainPop were showing their excellent range of videos which are perfect for the classroom. Moby was there for photo opportunities as always. They were also demonstrating the various new ways...

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BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 1
Jan16

BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 1

So last week saw the annual trip to the BETT Show – one of the biggest educational technology shows in the world, for the last time at the Kensington Olympia venue. As always anyone who is anyone in the world of educational technology was here, showing off their latest products. You can see my photos from the show here. Like last year I was slightly underwhelmed by some aspects of the show. There was very little that was totally...

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My BETT 2011 Roundup
Jan18

My BETT 2011 Roundup

So I’ve had a few days to recover from Bett 2011. This BETT saw my first attempt at a proper interview and my first appearance on a radio show (thanks to Russell Prue) as well as the usual trawl of stand after stand looking for something new and exciting. It also saw the second TEDxOrenda, of which I helped organise the ticketing for and I learnt how cool the barcode scanner app for the iPhone was when manning the door! Oh, and...

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Interview with Nancy Knowlton, SMART CEO
Jan16

Interview with Nancy Knowlton, SMART CEO

At the BETT technology show this week, I was given the opportunity to meet and interview Nancy Knowlton, CEO of SMART Technologies and who, along with David Martin,  invented the interactive whiteboard concept with the release of the first SMART board back in 1991. This year sees the 20th anniversary of the SMART board. The very first boards were sold to the University of Nevada and were hand-made with a mahogany frame as at that time...

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TeachMeet Takeover Talk pt1
Jan14

TeachMeet Takeover Talk pt1

Thanks to Kevin Mulryne for filming the first part of my TeachMeet Takeover talk at BETT 2011 yesterday. The theme of the talk was – Essential Digital Media for your Interactive Whiteboard. The full list of links I mentioned (and a few that were left out because of time) can be found here: http://www.delicious.com/dannynic/essentialmedia The whole presentation was filmed by Sarah at Iris Connect (thanks again for the use of your...

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Initial Bett2011 Thoughts
Jan13

Initial Bett2011 Thoughts

I’m just back from two days at the BETT show in London. I had a very interesting two days and met some great people. I was kindly given a press pass this year which led to some very interesting things, but more on that in a day or two when I’ve got a little bit more time to write. My initial thoughts on the technology on show was one of slight disappointment. There was no new “Big Thing” on show. Everything had...

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TEDxOrenda 2011 @Bett
Dec15

TEDxOrenda 2011 @Bett

Based on the success of last year’s event, another TEDxOrenda will  take place in the APEX HALL at OLYMPIA, LONDON on WEDNESDAY 12th JANUARY from 6pm as part of the evening events at BETT 2011. This is an unprecedented opportunity for educationalists to be inspired by and contribute to discussions, debates and presentations featuring speakers and topics chosen by other educationalists. If you want to see what went on last year,...

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BETT 2011: Teachmeet Takeover
Dec15

BETT 2011: Teachmeet Takeover

The main educational technology show of the year, BETT, is fast approaching. The two halls of Olympia  in London will be full of an incredible array of educational suppliers, educational consultants, teachers and school ict technicians. If you get the chance to attend. And not just for the free pens. Like last year, the Teachmeet movement is making it’s way onto the floor with another Teachmeet Takeover. Various companies are...

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Games Based Learning #Amplified Education Session
Jan18

Games Based Learning #Amplified Education Session

A discussion around the use of games and gaming at Amplifed Education at BETT 2010. We had a very interesting discussion and could have gone on for hours on this topic. Thanks to Leon Cych for sorting out all the filming of the various Bett Fringe events....

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