News from the Bett Show 2020
Earlier this year Code Coaches Roger and Becky took a trip down to London where the annual Bett show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is held. Over three days there were more than 800 leading EdTech providers, 150 CPD content sessions, coordinated business meetings and exclusive networking opportunities.
“Bett is a global hub where technologies, practices, ideas and people come together to find inspiration, discuss the future of education, and discover how technology and innovation enable educators and learners to thrive.”
– Bett, 2020
For Jam Coding Bett is a great opportunity to explore the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education and discover new workshops. We in-particular were interested in looking into Virtual Reality (VR) technology and robotics with some excellent ideas coming from RedboxVR, who also happen to win a Bett Award for VR Content. Since the show, we have been busy following up the extent at which we can integrate immersive technologies into our workshops. Watch this space….
At the show, Roger and Becky also spoke with the Head of Minecraft Education to discuss how we could improve connectivity for private providers in schools, to access the Education version of the app and help us to engage and increase learning opportunities in the schools we are working in. It was great to speak to someone who was so in touch with issues at ground-level and we are excited to see developments coming from Minecraft in the near future.
The potential for new additions to our Robotics workshop for our KS1 learners was discovered with new RVR robotics kit by Sphero. Another great find was the mTiny early childhood education robot for early learners. We are looking at incorporating these into our Curriculum and Extra-curricular sessions in order to progress learners through the curriculum. We know robotics is going to be a big employment opportunity for young people in the future and want to make sure we are offering these workshops to get children interested today.
There was also the opportunity to listen to guest speakers. Roger and Becky found Simon Hunt, a local Primary School teacher, to be particularly interesting. Simon delivered a superb workshop all around ‘Cheap Seats” in the classroom and how tech can bridge the gap for some learners who potentially miss out because of their position in the classroom.
On the whole, there were lots of exhibitors favouring Robot and VR technology and we look forward to seeing developments in these areas for Extra and Curricular subjects.
We are always working on new workshops, sessions and developing our current workshops to stretch learners and improve our offerings. The earlier we can introduce kids to the tech of the future and transform education the better. If you have any ideas for workshops why not get in touch.