What To See at Bett 2019

What to look out for at Bett 2019

At Exa we’re getting ready for one of the biggest events in our Calendar - the 2019 Bett Show. We’re scheduling in seminars, building our stand and discovering what’s new for 2019. As one of the single largest shows for Education Technology in the world, Bett sees tens of thousands of visitors from across the world make their way to London’s ExCel Centre. Aiming to transform education, Bett brings people, ideas, technologies and practices together in January of each year so that educators and learners can learn and fulfil their potential.

This year we’ll be in the middle of the action at stand C322, where you can meet our experts, see how we support educators and pupils nationwide with our foundation and introduce you to the fastest internet connectivity in the world.

What’s New

Peer-to-Peer Connect: a space designed to bring educators together, whilst also providing a program of planned networking and a place away from the crowds to have a conversation with key speakers. Bett Lates: If you struggled to get out of work last year to attend seminars, the Bett 2019 Agenda sees the introduction of Bett Lates, a series of evening seminars beginning at 6pm Tuesday-Thursday. The Escape Room: an interactive experience where you work as a team to solve puzzles to escape before the timer runs out. However this activity uses classroom solutions, meaning you can explore new products hands-on.

The Schedule - Our Picks

Wednesday 23rd

Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating creativity through projects, passion, peers and play.

Mitch Resnick (LEGO Professor of Learning Research at MIT) believes that ‘kindergarten-style’ learning is ideally suited to the needs of today’s society. This seminar will demonstrate strategies and examples of activities based on the Four P’s of Creative Learning (projects, passion, peers and play). Mitch developed the Scratch programming technologies along with his research group at the MIT Media Lab and has recently launched their long awaited version 3.0.

12-12:30 at The Bett Arena.

Inspiring Talented Young People into Cyber Security Careers #CyberFirst

As technology grows and more businesses work online or in the cloud, Cyber Security is a growing industry with a high demand. However, school pupils are generally unaware of Cyber Security as a profession or how to start on a career pathway towards it. In this talk The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) explores how we can encourage more students to enter the industry. Demonstrating initiatives which enable students to recognise opportunities available to them, and helps teachers identify talented young people and support them into Cyber Security careers.

14-14:30 at The Bett Arena.

And if you will be hanging around after the first day ends, pi-top are holding a free fringe event discussing the impact of social constructionism. Exploring how it can improve learner agency and outcomes, whilst better preparing today’s learners for the advent of the Fourth industrial revolution. Including talks from some of the biggest names in the Learning by Making movement.

18-20 at The Bett Arena.

Thursday 24th

Making Technology Work for Schools: Lessons from EDUCATE.

EdTech in the UK is becoming more and more available, meaning it is vital to know what the best products out there are for your students, and to demonstrate the value technology has on learning. Knowledge Lab UCL look into what can be achieved in learning using technology, whilst also demonstrating ways you can integrate new technology into your classroom well.

15-15:30 at The Bett Arena.

Friday 25th

Using and Developing Tech Solutions for Students with SEN

Technology can be an extremely helpful tool in allowing children with disabilities to be actively engaged in learning activities, meaning that the resources available can be crucial when it comes to their future. The Technology Centre explores how we can improve SEN student’s participation and other challenges you may encounter, by creating solutions using technology.

12-12:30 at The Bett Arena.

Fusion skills, not fission skills: shaping a new generation of learning.

Many traditional, linear teaching methods have been threatened by technologies, not previously available. This has understandably caused some frustration with teachers who are not quite accustomed to the new technology resources than others. Bill Rankin (Director of Learning and Research at pi-top) demonstrates ways to reimagine teaching and learning to offer future solutions to lead the way for education.

14-14:30 at The Bett Arena.

How to prepare young people with skills for the future

With professions developing rapidly along with new technologies, Joysy explores skills such as communication, creativity and problem solving which will be crucial to young people’s future careers. The session will give insights into Nesta’s research, such as The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030, Which Digital Skills Do You Really Need? This seminar will help you begin to identify how schools can help learners develop and strengthen these necessary skills.

17:15-17:30 at The Bett Arena


At our stand (C322) you can meet our experts and learn more about the work we’ve been doing across the country with exa.foundation. Including free courses and online resources to help both teachers and pupils make the most of the technology available to them.

Our Master Computing Teacher Alan O’Donohoe will be focussing on the following themes:


In these times of increased austerity, schools find it more of a struggle to budget for the educational technology resources they need. #dEdTech is a development of the #edTech hashtag, with the ‘d’ representing the technological devices that are now disused, discarded, dated, dormant, dying or dead, defunct, dusty in a cupboard or damaged. There are some free and low cost solutions solutions that can be used to restore new life and purpose into your #dEdTech devices. For example, one school had a class set of netbooks that barely managed to run a version of Windows. A fresh installation of a Linux based operating system that included free versions of software like Libre Office and Scratch breathed new life into these neglected netbooks. Another set of netbooks were re-purposed as Chrome books. If you have some #dEdTech that you’d like to restore to meaningful use, maybe we can help you alive that.


Since the introduction of the Computing curriculum there has been concern amongst the education and business communities that the Computer Science G.C.S.E does not fully prepare young people for learning pathways at KS5 and beyond into the world of work. Studies have revealed that many young people and teachers are unaware or have little understanding of:

- The digital skills required for employment and life,
- The emerging jobs in the local, digital sector including blockchain, AI and machine learning,
- Modern working practices e.g. hive/team/tribe working and how to be effective in a team the roles within teams e.g. developer/user experience/testing/designer/project manager.

Teachers say they would like to include digital skills but do not have the resources or time and are constrained by the breadth of the new curriculum content. We need your help in developing and testing a wider set of resources. These lessons and projects can be delivered within the computing curriculum or in PSHE and citizenship or both. The resources allow flexibility in delivery to support a school’s curriculum model at either KS3, KS4 or both. We’d like to offer early adopters our resources free of charge and in return we ask if you would provide us with some objective feedback.

If you visit us on our stand you can see examples of #dEdTech and the #DigitalSkills resources that we’re working on.

We look forward to seeing you!