I have realised the BETT show makes me paranoid! As a head of department, Assistand Head of Sixthform, Class Teacher and Advisor. There are always teachers and companies with amazing ideas, practice and solutions. So thats actually good then? Yes, so what did I see today of interest. Here are my very brief and badly typed notes:
BETT 2012 Day 1
Ok so spent last night planning my tour of duty through the BETT show. It is the first time we did not have a stand there so was happier looking around the place and having a coffee. I had planned to see all the big guns as well as take part in a MirandaMod or two about SEN and ICT. These are my highlights to the first day.
Michael Gove opened the event and created chaos, instability by using the most attended ICT teachers event to tell them computer science is back.
In summary :
The trends this year seem to be on content and upgrades rather than any new technology or devices. there seemed to also be more international suppliers available which makes good competition and innovative practice.
Software of interest
Capita emerging app by groupcall. This allows you to access SIMS from a mobile app on iPhone, iPad or Android devices. 2000 for Site license or 200 for one plus 99 per device there after.
Most publishers such as Hodder (stand D67) have some good resources and e-textbooks to put into your VLE for all GCSE subjects. Nelson Thornes (stand H6) are pushing their Kaboodle online blended learning system for secondary schools. Pie Corbett and Johnny Ball are there on Friday, think of a number.
Loxit (G20) have a good selection of laptop and mobile tablet storage units. To complement this Parat (stand S84) have lots of new parasync devices to allow the multiple synchronisation of devices such as iPads.
Zulogic have a new version of their popular Zu3D stop frame animation software and at BETT you can buy a copy with quite a nice webcam, green screen and plasticine for £50.
Clicker 6 (crick software stand F40) is out and has some some good new functionality. If you use clicker 5 there are special upgrade prices too.
The entwining and commenius project by the British Council are free and available online. They are at the upper level in gallery 1.
MLS (micro librarian systems stand C20) have a new solution which includes the loaning of ebooks via their librarian mobile app.
Google (stand E70) have some really good seminars throughout each day such as chrome books, google docs, google tools and so on.
Hardware of interest
SMART new interactive projector is worth a look. They are also unveiling the Notebook 11 software soon that will be available to schools which is fully HTML 5 and web compliant. It will be a free upgrade as well so kept an eye out.
Muraspec (stand J2) had some amazing paint that you could use on any wall or table which then becomes a wipe off whiteboard also good for short throw projection units. Great idea, low tech and pedagogically great value for money. ZU3D (stand k11) was showcasing their stop motion software. A cost effective solution for mulit layered animation and video/sound editing.
OCR Nationals course (new version) will be called the Cambridge National. This has gone through QCDA. Look at their website for further details for Key Stage 4 course information.
BT (stand J6) released their new ambassadors of IT course. It is an online course for Esafety and also for online mentoring.
Achievement for All have been funded by the DfE to create an inclusive curriculum and resources to support students with SEN and beyond. They are running some small scale conferencing events about ICT and SEN every day at 12:00 and 3:30 that are free to attend at Gallery room 1.
Media Smart (stand S61) has several excellent curriculum resources for teaching advertising and the media to 6-11year olds. pedagogy