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    bett meetings

    if people want to use this thread to say when they are at ett and arrange meetups with people i am down on wednesday so if anyone wants to meetup with me let me know a time and go from there..

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    Re: bett meetings

    well i'll be on stand v60 from wednesday morning onward, so if you hate promethean equipment and want to take it out on someone then i'll be waiting

    no really, anyone wants to drop by then you are welcome, cya there.

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    Re: bett meetings

    I'm there all day Wednesday and Thursday morning. You'll see me putting EduGeek on all the PC's I can get my hands on.

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    Re: bett meetings

    I'll be there all week on various stands. On Thursday I will be on Lapsafe's stand (I am a corporate whore) and the other days will be in various locations (and drooling over the Apple kit ... again)

    I will have fliers about the Survey and EduGeek in general to hand out too.

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    Re: bett meetings

    Something interesting in this thread ...

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...&p=13330#13330

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    Re: bett meetings

    Ok ... here it goes.

    I have had a peek throught the the floor plan and the seminar list and i have picked out the places I will definitely trying to get to.

    I have tried not to be too biased with this and most of these should be relevant to NMs and techies.

    C10 - Altman Technologies. Home of PCounter, Email Systems (a decent off site email filter) and still prpducing good Novell software too.

    E34 - Apple Computer Inc. Yes ... this one is slightly biased, but who won't be going past and looking to see if they have a competition to win an iPod or Mac Mini?

    SW40 - Atomic Learning. They are a good provider of online tutorials for Office and other software. Worth having a look at even if it is just to borrow a few ideas for creating tutorials for this site and your schools.

    SW1 - AVG Antivirus. A nice little app and they usually give away freebies that you can try (at home of course)

    C30 / X40 - BECTA. It is really worth going and having a good look at what they have got going at the moment. They really want to do more stuff for techies and are willing to listen to ideas.

    L35 - BESA. British Educational Suppliers Association. Go and have a chat with them about sorting out a complaints procedure. If you aren't happy with a company then take it to them. If they are BESA members they have a code of conduct. They won't do anything until people tell them of poor service.

    G51 - British Computer Society. Always good for a chat with people that truly care about computing in all walks of life.

    B44 - Dell. Your chance to find your account manager who has been hiding for the last month ... oh, and free pens and sweets too. Seriously though, a good place to negotiate a few favours from your next couple of orders.

    P15 - Denbeigh ICT Centre. For those of you interested in digital video / audio then this is one of the best places you can go to ... possibly even better than the Apple stand.

    X60 - Department for Education and Skills. Go along and point out that your are a techie. They may not be able to answer your questions about DfES policy there and then, but they will find out an answer and get back to you. A good place to ask the awkward questions about data protection issues, funding, etc.

    C95 - D-Link. Some good kit on show and the chance of a few freebies.

    T63 - eLearning Foundation. If your school is looking at a Laptops for Students scheme then these are the people your really should speak to. Even if you don't fit into their models they will still have a lot of helpful advice and contacts.

    W16 - Icon IT. A good security firm who can look after a lot of your needs for firewalls, wireless kit, installations.

    Z84 - Lapsafe (FRAB). I'll be on this stand on Thursday so please visit if you are there. You may even get to hear the story about why they are technically called FRAB. On a serious note, these guys will listen to your needs for laptop storage and will incorporate it into future designs. We have just taken on 6 of their brand new units and nearly all of the new features are those requested by us.

    Q10 - Macs in my school. A nice stall for Mac Evangelists and the Mac Newbies alike. Helpful advice and ideal if you are looking at cross-platform networks.

    Z130 - M-Audio. Good kit for digital audio, so have a look here if you are thinking about podcasts at your school.

    SW154 - Moodle. Go along, give the guys some support. A group of users that have bandied together to get the money to have a BETT stand to promote what you can do with Moodle. It is not all open source evangelism, but real world uses.

    M36 - Music Village. Another place for digital equipment for audio.

    X2 - NAACE. Another group who are seriously interested in support staff and what they have to offer schools.

    X80 - National College of School Leadership. This is really for the Network Managers among you. They recently started a Leading From The Middle course for associate staff. They want people like Network Managers, etc getting eduaction related management courses and this course only really exists because people told them there was a need.

    Y30 - Nesta Futurelab. If you have not had a look at some of the things that they are doing then do so immediately. These are the people who truly are playing with the new technology and ideas and seeing who it can be used in education. Speak with them and be forewarned about what your head will want in the next 6-24 months!

    B130 - Netgear. Like D-Link, some nice kit and some occasional freebies.

    Z50 - Ramesys. For those of you with accounts with them, this is a chance to meet your rep and swindle ...erm ... persuade him to give you more freebies or better deals

    E90 - Ranger. Just walk past ... don't heckle or jeer at the people waiting to talk to them. Or wait for the Ranger rep to finish and as the poor client walks away tell them about EduGeek and the Wiki.

    D50/E50 - RM ... erm ... as above?

    C46 - Samsung. Have a look at their new kit, badger them for trial units to really test them. A firm that will go that extra bit to get your business, but you need to speak to a samsung person to make sure you get referred to a good reseller.

    X90 - Serif. They nearly always have freebies ... oh, the software is quite good too and can be a cheaper alternative to similar things on the market if you negotiate.

    F110 - Specialist Schools & Academies Trust. They have a large input into the development of ICT in schools. They always have new developments whether it is the ICT Register (mentioned by Ruth Kelly last year) or programs like the Strategic Leadership of ICT (in conjustion with NCSL)

    V31 - Tandberg. A must for ideas about videoconferencing.

    X34 - Teachers' TV. Hassle them about shows for techies.

    C80 - Teksys. Another good reseller that usually have special "BETT Show" deals that are worth finding out about.

    V40 - Toshiba. Always willing to talk to techies and show off the latest kit, because they understand that we are the ones that have to make it work and look after it all. The Tablet PC / Wireless projector will probably be a big push from them this year.

    P15 - UltraLab. Another place that is really at the front of ICT Research. Be prepared for the future, and have a look.

    PZ62 - Website Address Book. Go on ... see if they have EduGeek in there and then ask why not.

    I think that sums up the stands. I'll post about seminars tomorrow.

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    Re: bett meetings

    Wow! Thanks Tony!

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    Re: bett meetings

    Excellent comprehensive list

    Many Thanks

    Anybody else knows where the best freebies can be found

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    Re: bett meetings

    well watch this space that is all i will say.... you will hopefuly see in next few days what i mean...

    Russ

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    Re: bett meetings

    Seminars ...

    I am a little disappointed this year. Nothing that leaps out as techie stuff ... that seems to be centred around the software stand doing demonstartions. For the timings of them please visit your favourite stand. Most stands will run 5-8 sessions and rotate them during the day. Most are repeated around 3 times.

    There are a number of Becta seminars that are relevant to most here, some for giving us advance warning of things to come, either by direction from DfES, from LAs (LEAs) or other agencies ... Andy Gorton will be doing a version of the keynote from the EduGeek conference it seems ... so no heckling :-)

    Here it goes ...

    Wednesday - Stephen Heppel is around (W18 @ 3.15) evangalising as only he can. His talks are filled with information on Learning and Teaching (we have to say it this way round nowadays), but are dotted with uses of technology, and different ways to use existing stuff too ... always a good person to listen to, and usually spot on with letting the support staff know what is needed to implement it too ... sometimes you do need to speak up and ask though. The Becta strand seems to be on future guidance ... a bit of politics and setting the agenda for the next few years so even if you don't want to sit through it all try and have a peek at the presentations a few days later on the Becta site. The sessions are looking at what the research says, the future of the e-Strategy, e-Assessment & e-Portfolio, and finally the development of the National ICT architecure (Andy Gorton et al)

    Other notable sessions -
    Remote learning in South Africa (W7 @ 1pm).
    BCS - what the DfES e-Strategy could mean for me and my school (W21 @ 4.15pm).
    VLEs with John Cabot School (W5 @ 11am. It looks like the may have ditched FirstClass now and have their own thing ... could be interesting)
    ICT in Secondary Schools: A Solution Focused Approach (W20 @ 3.15 ... ideal for those NMs who get involved in school development)

    Thursday -
    Thursday is "Good Practice" day ... that means it is aimed at teachers pretty much in the main theatre. Becta will have several sessions that either overtly talk about the new ICT Mark or mention in as part of School and College improvement by using the self evaluation framework. This is worth looking at, or picking up some information as this is what may become the de jour standard for saying "job well done". These are in Theatre B again (generally most Becta stuff is here) so either the 10.30am session (Mike Briscoe) or the 2pm session (Philippa Lee) are worth paying a visit. Please ask questions and get them to explain the relevance of support staff in this, but be prepared to be told about FITS ... again. Paul Shoesmith and John hunt do the final session in Theatre B (4.15pm) and it looks like it will be the other half to the Andy Gorton seminar, talking about broadband services and content (The bit that he talked about but wasn't really one the slides)

    Other sessions -
    QCA talkign about the eStrategy, ie online tests (T5 @ 10.30am).
    Mel Philipson from Northern Grid for Learning on Making the Best of Broadband (T13 @ 2pm). Get the ideas before the teachers and impress everyone :-)
    John Osbourne talking on Open Source (T18 @ 3.15pm) Another school with good examples of OSS in practice.

    Friday -
    The big one to mention here is the OFSTED session (F11 @ 2pm). ICT: The National Picture - a view from OFSTED. This will help give you information that your Head may need for the difference on how ICT is viewed as we move from the old HMI model to the new CEF/SEF model of inspections. Not for everyone but again, some NMs may find it handy.
    Becta have a number of session on developing the national infrastructure, leadership and research ... but I think a relevant one would be the Safeguarding Children in Education session (F22 @ 4.15pm) by Ruth Hammond. Possibly handy for getting the answers for writing those policies we all keep putting off, or answering some of the difficult question about what do we do when we find students have been looking at x, y & z.

    Other sessions -
    Friday is Specialist Schools and Academies Trust day in Theatre D. Sessions include new technologies for personalised learning (F4 @ 11am), a blue skies session on personalised learning (F9 @ 12.30pm), more e-learning & e-mentoring (F14 @ 2pm), Linking Home and School (F19 @ 3.15pm) and the ICT Register session (F24 @ 4.15) where I will definitely be, and making sure EduGeek get a mention :-)
    One session of note is from NAACE (F15 @ 2pm) talking about why ICT is sometime failing in schools [to be taught properly] is due to the fact that the staff involved have poorer ICT skills than the 14 year olds they teach. Hopefully this can give us a number of ideas about how we can help rectify this by making sure staff have the right training, either from support staff or from other teachers.
    There are several subject specific sessions (geography, art, music, maths, ICT) that may help with some ideas for particular departments, but nothing that seems overtly technology / techie based.

    Saturday -
    Becuase it is the last day there are fewer seminars ... but still a few goo things to look out for.
    We have Stephen Heppell around again (keynote session: S1 @ 10.30am) looking at the new ideas in L&T in ICT that is going on round the world ... this is likely to involve new technologies too ... as said before, he is always will to go into this and chat.
    Becta have a review of the ICT Test Bed which is always good for new technologies ... and more importantly, finding out what worked and what didn't ... and the reasons too! (S12 @ 1pm)
    NAACE are around again (S4 @ 10.30am) with a session called Simple Solutions to Using ICT - What Works and What Doesn't. Aimed at ICT Coordinators, but since that job seems to be partly spread between HoD for ICT and the NM nowadays this could be a handy session.

    Other Sessions -
    Saturday is very much subject specific ... Science, Maths, English, MFL, Art, History ... you get the picture.

    I hope people find this useful ... and if anyone does manage to get to any sessions and would like to write up a review then please do. Some of them may make it into the next newsletter or podcast.

    More details about any session can be found out by going to www.bettshow.co.uk and clicking on the seminars link on the left hand side.

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    Re: bett meetings

    I've managed to get 2 days there this year so I hope that I'll get a decent amount of freebies as I wasn't particularly impressed by last years collection.

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    Re: bett meetings

    Freebies are poor at most tradeshows now.

    The Education Show at the NEC Birmingham is usually better, but the best is still the IT Support & Helpdesk Show / InfoSec at Olympia ... a must for all techies. They even cater for public sector staff (which we count as) and occasionally have a good idea about stuff in education.

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    Re: bett meetings

    I'll be there on Wednesday & Thursday. I'm particually interested in the South Africa seminar (I'm over there in May setting up Video Conferencing facilities and other stuff), but I can't see the seminar listed, do you have any more details GrumbleDook?

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    Re: bett meetings

    I was just thinking about BETT - couldn't someone put together a quick badge graphic with the EduGeek logo that we could then download, print out and wear at the show?

    It'd give the site a bit of publicity (as long as the wearers are happy to explain about it to curious people) and give us EduGeek members a chance to recognise and maybe meet each other.

    Just an idea...

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    Re: bett meetings

    Wednesday, Friday and Saturday ... visit the SSAT / ICT Register stand and I will give you a badge.

    Thursdays you will have to come to the Lapsafe stand ...

    Now all say "thank you Tony"!

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