BETT 2012

Once again the BETT show is nearly upon us.  It is the technology in education show for the UK running from the 11th-14th January this year in Olympia in London.  The show usually boasts more than 30,000 visitors and more than 600 exhibitors distributed through four zones spread over two halls and two galleries.

You can get more information and book your FREE place at or you can read more about what’s happening on the BETT BLOG at

Will you get the opportnuity to wander the halls and galleries?


Technology in UK schools MAY have a future…

Love him or hate him, Michael Gove seems, at last, to have been able to utter the word technology…

At The Schools Network conference on 1st December Michael Gove gave a speech in which he talked about how technology had changed the world.  He goes on to say…

… there is a perception by some that my department isn’t especially concerned about such things. That we care more about Tennyson than technology. That our interest is in Ibsen, not iTunes. That we’re more Kubla Khan than Khan Academy.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. I am absolutely committed to ensuring that our school system not only prepares pupils for this changing world, but also embraces the technological advances which are transforming education. My department is thinking hard about this and we’ll be saying more in the new year.

I guess we all have to hang on over Christmas awaiting this pronouncement!

Gove’s speech goes on to talk about how children and young people make use of technology to communicate and socialise but highlights the fact that classrooms have not kept up with these changes.   He goes on to imply that the problem was an over-investment in technology without really changing what teachers do to make the best use of it.  He mentions gaming and also assessment as well as teacher training stressing the importance of digital content.

He used many buzz words and phrases in his speech including a reference to the Khan Academy, the Raspberry Pi programming computer and 3D printers.

The speech concludes with the paragraph:

… a genuine engagement with the wondrous world of technological innovation will see children’s learning ‘liberated from the dead hand of the past.’ We owe it to pupils across the country to take this issue seriously.

The full transcript of the speech is available from the DfE website HERE

Kinect™, Kindles™, Know How and Learning Impact!

From Naace and Vital

Engaging Schools with 3rd Millennium Learning Development.

Meet experts and enthusiasts in your area to learn about groundbreaking impact of technology in schools.

Come along and join in an afternoon or twilight session with representatives of Vital, Naace and local schools who are reaping the benefits of inspired use of technology.

Attendance at this event will offer your school the following opportunities:

•    To receive free access to three (Vital) new subject Portals for five of your staff
•    To engage in a trial project using Kinect in your classrooms
•    To be part of a test-bed of schools using Kindles to empower learning
•    To hear about how you can be a pilot school for 3rd Millennium Learning award
•    To meet school representatives in your area that want to collaborate with you through the use of technology
•    To learn more about the free Self-review Framework; the key points to make it all work efficiently
•    To gain access to Vital’s collaboration tools
•    To have access to Vital’s Online conferencing system (inter school networking)
•    To receive Top Tips document for 10 subject areas.

Schools taking part in the programme may be selected to report on impact upon teaching and learning at the Naace Strategic Conference 2012 and Vital website.

To find out more and for details of cost etc please visit

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