What’s on at the 2018 Bett show?
As the new year rolls in at Exa, we’re getting ready for one of the single biggest events in our annual calendar, with the 2018 Bett Show kicking off in just a little under 3 weeks! One of the single largest shows for education technology in the world, Bett sees tens of thousands of visitors from across the world head down to London’s ExCeL centre for a 4-day show exploring every side of education, giving visitors the chance to explore the ways that technology can make a real impact in and around the classroom.
At Bett, we’re able to introduce incredible numbers of schools to our world-class Internet services, from ultrafast connectivity to fantastic VoIP service, content filtering and more. This year, we’re in a fantastic location - come and meet our team at stand C322, right by Microsoft’s stand.
However, Bett definitely isn’t just about exploring excellent services and impressive new products - there’s an excellent schedule of talks and demonstrations running throughout the show. This year, the Bett schedule’s looking a bit different, as organisers, listening to visitor feedback, cut back on the number of talks taking place, giving attendees the chance to take part in some great events without missing out or being overwhelmed.
Click through to check out the full Bett seminar schedule, or read on to see some of our top pics for this year!
Exploring the Bett 2018 Schedule
With 4 event stages hosting a series of fantastic events across the 4-day long Bett show, there’s a tremendous amount for visitors to see, with each arena covering a selection of different topics:
Bett Arena: Featuring some of the biggest events at Bett, this large arena hosts the opening of Bett, along with a series of fantastic events from major edtech companies and figures, including a number of keynotes from guest speakers.
Schools Theatre: Exploring some of the fantastic opportunities that edtech presents for schools, this stage will be hosting a number of exciting and useful events throughout Bett.
Post-16 Theatre: Hosting a wide range of events aimed at further education, covering everything from smart campus design to IT opportunities.
DIT Export Theatre: Exploring the international opportunities around the edtech market, covering a significant number of topics for teachers and businesses.
Each day, there’s dozens of great events at Bett - we’ve picked out a few personal choices below:
Bett Opening: The 2018 Bett show officially kicks off in the Bett Arena at 10:30, with Education Secretary Justine Greening introducing some of the key points for education and edtech over the coming years.
Collaborative Problem Solving: Starting off at 10:30 in the Schools Theatre, this session, sponsored by Pi-Top, and featuring exa.foundation’s Alan O’Donohoe, explores the ways in which collaborative problem solving/ pair programming can develop learners’ abilities in some key ways.
Bett Innovation Index: In this session, starting in the Bett Arena at 10:45, Bett launches their all-new annual research, designed to explore attitudes towards the use of education technology across the world, exploring the results of research done in late 2017.
Ethical Hackers: While IoT devices are growing in popularity across schools, they typically bring in some major security vulnerabilities, which teachers are often unaware of. In this session, held in the Bett Arena at 12:15, BlackBerry’s cybersecurity director explores the vulnerabilities of IoT devices and other edtech - and ways to fight back.
Free Creative Communication: There’s a huge variety of excellent, free digital tools available for schools - in this session, explore some of the fantastic tools available for use across classrooms. Held at 10:40 in the Schools Theatre.
Women in Tech: Exploring what’s certainly one of the biggest issues in tech at the moment, this session looks at one of the many initiatives designed to help reduce the gender gap in technology, specifically within edtech, and starts at 2:15 in the Post-16 Theatre.
Engaging the Disengaged: This session, run by Prince’s Trust, explores the use of hands-on STEM engagement plans to help those left cold by traditional education methods, introducing some of the ways in which young learners can be more effectively engaged. Held in the Bett Arena at 1.
Coding for the Future: Assistant headteacher Zainab Patel introduces Believe You Can, a programme used in her school to inspire self-belief through a cross-curriculum, coding-based initiative set to help students move forwards effectively. Running at 3 in the Schools Theatre.
With Bett wrapping up for the year, there’s only a few sessions set for Saturday, with the majority being business-focused. However, at 12:15, the Bett Arena hosts an interesting session on the use of telepresence robots in classrooms, letting students experience class when they’re unable to attend classes.
We’ll be at the Bett Show throughout the event, at stand C322 - come and discover the best answer for your school’s Internet requirements! We’ll also be live-Tweeting the Bett Show on Thursday and Friday - head over to our Twitter to follow us!