The world’s largest edtech trade show is on, from January 25-28, 2017, at the ExCel in London. Vendors and educators from across the planet will converge to listen, debate, and experiment with the latest and greatest education technologies. Tech&Learning will be there, the only US media partner to participate. Be sure to follow events at our special Tech&Learning Live @BETT Social Media Hub (http://www.techlearning.com/tltechlive/).
The 2017 edition of the event will have a focus on best practices and ‘game changers’ (individuals, products, and organizations) within education creating an impact on the teaching and learning around the world.
* ‘ Bett Futures,’ a dedicated area showcasing the work of edtech start-ups.
* The Higher Education Leaders Summit and School Leaders Summits will explore the growing importance of school leadership and business management in the sector. A series of ‘Learn Live’ seminars will also take place throughout the event, offering insight and techniques that can be used at all levels of education. (See box for details on Tech&Learning’s session.)
* The Bett Arena will offer visitors sessions providing advice, insight, and tools to aid teaching, and will showcase individuals and technology products that are currently impacting education. Speakers will include government advisor on education, Sir Ken Robinson, and national schools commissioner, Sir David Carter.
* The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Village will be host to a number of organizations supporting learning in the STEAM subjects. The STEAM Village will be an interactive space for teachers and students to learn through exploration and play, a place for visitors to try out STEAM solutions and products while considering how they can be assimilated into the classroom to enhance education.
TECH&LEARNING SPECIAL SESSION: HOW TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL EQUITY GAP
It may be the most important question for educators today: How to provide access to both devices and high speed Internet to every student, no matter how rich or poor, all the time, everywhere? And how to deliver a curriculum that enables students to learn both on campus and at home? Tech&Learning’s panel will attempt to provide some answers to this urgent issue through both big-picture analyses and real-life anecdotal examples.
Terry Freedman (Chair). An independent educational ICT consultant, Terry publishes the ICT & Computing in Education Web site (http://www.ictineducation.org) , and the newsletter “Digital Education”.
Natasha Campbell. A Primary Curriculum Advisor in the London Borough of Newham, Natasha has 17 years experience as a teacher, local authority advisor and Ofsted inspector in both the primary and secondary schools, influencing what pupils are taught in Computing as a subject and the use of technology, working towards the common goal of raising attainment.
Simon Finch. Simon is a presenter and guide on elearning, esafety, safeguarding, IPR, and themes relating to technology and learning.
Steve Wheeler. Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chairs the Learning Futures group and leads the Computing and Science education teams.