by, 2nd February 2013 at 08:20 PM (1376 Views)
Well, I said I was going to BETT and here I am blogging about it. Thanks to LickOfPaint for the comment - I remember going to BETT a couple of years ago and joining Edugeek as a result. I have been using it for hints and tips and to find out info. about certain things, but had never blogged before. So, I was glad to see your comment - thanks!
So - BETT was, as ever, exciting, inspiring and a good event where I was able to see the latest gadgets and gizmos for my classroom. I should say at this point that I am an ICT Teacher.
So - the stands which I wanted to visit were Edugeek, OCR (for its Raspberry Pi demos) and Microsoft for its gaming (Kodu). I was really impressed with the Raspberry Pi elements that I saw at BETT - OCR were really good and have given me some excellent ideas to use in the classroom - not only free resources, but a great demo. I also found a great company called FUZE (Buy Software :: BinaryDistribution.com, Where downloadbuyer meets business :: Binary Distribution), who have built some great stuff for the Raspberry Pis to sit in and allow kids to programme and see the results on PCBs attached to the Pi.
As I say, the Microsoft stand I visited demonstrated the use of Kodu, which I was very impressed with - I will be using this with my kids.
The school that I am currently working in is very keen to go down the 'tablets for everyone' root and try to use iPads in lessons more for interactivity and suchlike. Seeing as there has been so much press and hype about this at the moment, I was shocked not to see much about the use of tablets, at BETT. There was plenty of storage solutions for this, but not many ideas. It does make me think that perhaps it has not been fully trialled and perhaps not seen as fully beneficial, therefore no one is shouting about it? What do you think?
Anyway - there we have it, my BETT experience. Always an inspiring visit and something that reminds me why I teach ICT.
I shall update you on my progress with FUZE products and Raspberry Pi lessons!
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