After months of planning and preparation over the last few months, we are super excited about welcoming Bett 2013 visitors to the Microsoft stand at the show.
The Bett show, and the ability to meet and learn from inspiring teachers, network managers and head teachers, is a highlight of the year for the whole Microsoft education team and we think that this year's show, with the addition of the Bett Arena, is going to be the best yet.
With a central theme of 'A New Era of Digital Learning', we will be discussing how devices, services and rich applications come together to create more immersive and engaging learning experiences that help build essential 21st century skills.
Our stand, E270, is split across two key areas - the Microsoft Learn Live Theatre and the Windows 8 Stand.
Our Learn Live Theatre is literally jammed packed with tips, tricks and valuable advice delivered by a mix of teachers, network managers and Microsoft staff and address a wide range of topics from Windows 8 to the power of communities in education. I have said it many times on this blog, but we feel privileged to work with some amazing teachers and I highly recommend taking the time to visit the theatre to learn more about how the likes of Charlotte Beckhurst, David Rogers, Janet Hayward and Tom Rees are using technology to raise attainment and help their students realise their full potential. The full schedule is available via our Microsoft at Bett 2013 website.
Additionally, with the Windows 8 Stand, we are offering a more focused overview on devices, services and apps and how these are coming together to help educators to create more emotional connections with learning. With a great range of devices on the stand, including Microsoft Surface, and a smaller theatre offering bite sized chunks of content, the Windows 8 stand is the perfect complement to the Learn Live Theatre sessions that are running throughout the day. Hope to see you there!
Lastly, if you are planning to get to the Bett show nice and early this morning, the Bett Arena opening ceremony is well worth attending. With speeches by Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable and Anthony Salcito, VP for education for Microsoft, the opening ceremony promises to be a thought provoking start to your day at the show. Get there early, though, as seats will definitely go quickly!
Hope to see you at the Microsoft stand, or at any of our partners also exhibiting at Bett, and look forward an amazing Bett 2013!
Guest post by Stone, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners
It’s that time of year again! We’re really excited to host on our all-new spacious 255 sqm stand C70 at Bett 2013.
This year, we’re doing things a little differently. Gone are the boring ‘suits’, in are innovative teachers and those involved in the front-line delivery of innovative perspectives of ICT in the classroom. Bett 2013 will see a wealth of key speakers on the stand. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to some of the most cutting edge, thought provoking speakers on subjects such as computer programming in the classroom, digital literacy in practice and how technology can transform a school’s academic indicators. Speakers will be free to evangelise about real examples of teaching and learning greatness, free from any interference, addressing key issues and relevant current affairs within the education sector.
We always endeavour to inspire our visitors and this year is no different. We’ll be hosting the very first Hackathon to ever be held at the Bett show. Staggering YouGov research shows that 75% of children age 8-15 want to be able to code, but only 3% know how. With Computer Programming at the forefront of the curriculum, we’re doing our bit to help you bridge the gap.
This area will bring together professional developers and those involved with teaching and learning with the intention of creating new, crowd-sourced innovative applications that will be demonstrated at the end of each intensive day of app-development. The live Hackathon competitions will take place on our stand on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
This year’s a fantastic opportunity for you to get a truly holistic perspective of what we can do for your school, from our ever-evolving hardware portfolio to our end-to-end solutions. An area solely dedicated to our Professional Service Team to demonstrate the true extent of our entire portfolio. The area offers a clear, open and consultative approach toward our considerable infrastructure services, AV, cloud, storage, virtualisation, recovery and back up solutions.
Our professional services area will give you the opportunity to talk to our specialists about your school’s needs and requirements when it comes to ICT solutions, no matter how big or small your institution may be.
We've a specialised and experienced team with over twenty one years of experience in aiding customers in making the right ICT decisions. By working with a number of quality technology partners we’re able to offer customers a diverse, evolutionary solutions portfolio that goes hand-in-hand with the most recent changes in pedagogy.
In addition to this, it wouldn’t be the Stone stand at Bett without us displaying our latest and greatest - a plethora of our quality devices detailing all the features and benefits that the education sector genuinely want to see.
As a proud UK manufacturer of IT hardware, we’ll be displaying our ‘Best-of-British’ Stone learning devices, pre-installed with Windows 8, in the product area. Whether it’s laptops, netbooks, desktops or audio visual, we'll be displaying the shiny new technology with all the educational benefits that they can offer you and your pupils. Our dedicated account management team will be on hand to talk you through engaging demonstrations and answer any queries you may have.
Don't forget, at Stone we can customise your IT requirements by offering a bespoke service to 'pick n mix' your PC components to truly ensure you are getting exactly what you want. We know Bett can be a long day so look out for this product area as we'll be offering some sweet treats and ‘Best-of-British’ refreshments here in recognition of our truly bespoke, built-to-order PC 'Pick N Mix' service.
And finally, we’re delighted to be a part of the first ever Microsoft Treasure Trail at Bett 2013, so don’t forget to look out for this competition at the show for your chance to win some fantastic prizes.
Guest post by LapSafe, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners
Tablet computers are fast becoming the mobile technology of choice for schools, due to their flexibility, long battery life and complete mobility. Tablets such as the new Microsoft Surface have opened up the door to new possibilities, allowing students to take learning out of the classroom and beyond; these highly portable computers are ideal to take on field trips, where pupils can record their day through the medium of video. Group projects become simple through the use of apps, sharing information amongst group members and allowing them to work on the move. With the internet at pupil’s fingertips, research is readily available.
To demonstrate the new Microsoft Surface tablet and how it can be used to these benefits and more for learners in schools, Lee Stott from Microsoft will be hosting a seminar at the Bett Show, on LapSafe® Products’ stand F130.
On Wednesday 30th January at 11.30am, Lee will be presenting a day in the life with Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface tablet, showcasing how educators can engage students with the device, enhancing the teaching and learning experience.
The first of LapSafe’s free teacher best practice events, similar short sessions will be held throughout the week and are designed to enable teachers to discover new ideas to utilise innovative technologies.
For over a decade, LapSafe® Products has led the way in the design and manufacture of mobile ICT storage and charging solutions. Since introducing the first ever laptop storage and charging trolley within the marketplace, LapSafe® has remained the industry’s expert in managing mobile computing. From dynamic self-service charging lockers to tablet storage and charging trolleys, to complete laptop and netbook management solutions, LapSafe® has a product to fit every need and budget.
The Bett Show is free to attend and it’s easy to register here. Remember to head to LapSafe® Products, stand F130 for Lee’s presentation on the Microsoft Surface tablet.
Guest post by RM, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners
Right next to the Bett 2013 arena is where you’ll find RM Education at Bett 2013 and the leading school technology partner will be showcasing a range of exciting new products – many of which are free of charge.
The Bett things in life from RM Education are FREE
The internet presents limitless learning opportunities but also significant challenges for schools. How do you find the best applications, how do you set up and manage the user accounts in those applications, and how do your users access them easily without having to remember tens of usernames and passwords?
RM Unify is the Launch Pad to the Cloud that solves these challenges; it allows any school to access all their internet based services and applications they use through a simple single sign-on process, meaning users only ever have to remember one username and password. RM Unify also enables you to access those applications on any device you choose, as long as you have an Internet connection. This means whether it is the laptop at school, the iPad at home or the PC in the local library, users will get access to the same resources in exactly the same way.
RM Books is the first ebook solution specifically designed for schools. Free to use, RM Books includes hundreds of curriculum literature books provided free of charge and gives access to high quality curriculum textbook titles from leading education publishers. Using a unique pricing model RM Books is designed to be compatible with school budgets. The online system enables schools to rent, buy and manage ebooks which can be viewed on, or downloaded to, virtually any internet enabled device (iOS, Windows, Mac, Android). The simple and intuitive user interface makes management and allocation of books easy. Teachers can choose and allocate the books they need while finance staff keep control of budgets.
Now imagine if every teacher and pupil had their own device to use these tools on…
Bring Your Own Device
Learn how ‘BYOD’ could support you in delivering 1:1 access to technology and see how can you make a 1:1 pupil to device ration possible in your school. Shape the Future is a global Microsoft initiative, aiming to give learners 1:1 access to their own computer and a host educationally focused software, enabling them to benefit from the many opportunities technology has to offer. All you have to do is choose the devices, and there’s plenty of choice under the scheme including RM and 3rd party notebooks, mini devices and a revolutionary tablet!
Classroom 2020 Be inspired by what the future of teaching and learning could look like and find out how to start moving towards that vision today; let’s visualise and create a progressive future together.
Come and visit us on stands C160 and C170, next to the Bett Arena, to see why RM is the first choice for Education.
To assist with your final preparation for Bett 2013, we have compiled a wide range of resources relating to our presence at the show as part of our new Bett 2013 microsite.
The site, which launched today, offers links to our Learn Live Theatre schedule, eBooks and partner signposting pages.
Planning your day
With so much going on across the various Learn Live Theatre's, Bett Arena and exhibitor stands, it's important to plan your visit ahead of time to ensure you gain maximum value from your day(s) at the show.
With this in mind, we have our full Learn Live agenda available on the site. The agenda features the title and timings for each session and gives you everything you need to ensure you don’t miss any of the great content, delivered by teachers, Network Managers and Microsoft staff, on the stand.
Furthermore, for those looking for more information or demos on any of our products or services, we have a large number of our partners who will be on hand to offer advice or assistance. To help you find the right partner for your needs, we have categorised specific partners into groups and these can be easily searchable/identified via the partner signposting pages on the site. Partner profiles include a short overview of how they can help at Bett 2013 and their stand number.
This should hopefully be pretty self-explanatory, but I you need any help, please do not hesitate to drop me a note via Twitter or leave a comment below.
For additional guidance and support, we have also listed a selection of our latest eBooks and Infographics which can be downloaded directly via our SlideShare profile.
With content such as our popular Windows 8 in education eBook and Cost Savings in education title, you are guaranteed to find some great material to help you within your institution. Our eBooks also make perfect reading material for your DLR journey over to Excel, London :)
We look forward to seeing you at Bett 2013!
Guest post by European Electronique, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners
Bett 2013 will start an exciting new year for both European Electronique and our customers with the launch of a new range of innovative products and services. Building on last year’s mobility and client to cloud theme this year will see the official launch of ‘freedom’ the definitive cloud service for education. Making the most of readily available services from the world’s leading technology company Microsoft and combining this with market leading cloud applications and an approach to integration that maximises the use of the web and Windows 8 whilst minimising cost, and providing ultimate flexibility, ‘freedom’ will meet the exacting demands of schools, academies, free schools, UTC’s and even colleges of Further Education.
Now that most educators have embraced a strategy that integrates a range of cloud based services the discussion has moved to ‘how’ from ‘when’. To help in the next stage of this journey and to help bridge some of the complex issues that need to be addressed we are delighted to be running a series of customer led workshops, including; Steve Bolingbrook MD Kunskapsskolan ~ the critical importance of ICT in the Swedish model; James Penny ICT Director Harris Federation ~ Steps to building your own cloud service; Sarah Gore Chair West London Free School ~ The ICT decision is critical to sustainability. Guest speakers from Microsoft will also be presenting on the latest developments including Office 365, Azure and Windows 8 explaining how when combined they deliver a compelling new ways of learning and teaching.
Maximising the impact of your ICT investment will also be a major focus and the show will also see the launch of the EE educator programme. Experts will be on hand and able to advise on a wide range of topics from integrating Windows 8, Windows RT and other devices into the curriculum through to the practicalities of running student purchase schemes to the introduction in game based learning into the classroom. To give practical help in these areas we will be running a series of lunch time workshops on BYOD schemes, wireless networking and hands on sessions.
The stand will also showcase the latest innovations in wireless, storage and device technologies from the world’s leading manufacturers.
Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) Program provides students with the technology skills they need to be successful in education and a career. With Microsoft Certification, students can validate those skills and pursue a career path in business or technology. A full overview of the IT Academy Certification can be seen below. The roadmap can also be downloaded via our SlideShare account.
If you have any questions about IT Academy, pop over to our stand at Bett 2013 (D270 & E270) and say hi.
Guest post by Joskos, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners
Why visitors should attend the Joskos stand?
Joskos Solutions is a single provider of ICT solutions and services within the education sector. We deploy and support all levels of ICT infrastructure within schools, from the smallest infant school to large academy and university networks. Since 1999, our experience in education has allowed us to incorporate the latest technologies into our solutions, and continues to enable us to provide high quality strategic support and guidance to schools.
Customer feedback consistently demonstrates that we are committed to helping them to achieve their vision – a commitment that led to Joskos winning the 2012 BETT Award for ICT Service and Support, and being shortlisted for the same award again in 2013. We have also been shortlisted for the 2013 BETT Award for ICT Company of the Year in the £1m to £3m turnover category.
With the huge changes that are currently sweeping the technological landscape, it’s more important than ever for schools to be well-informed when deciding on how to improve teaching and learning through their ICT infrastructure - while staying within their increasingly squeezed budgets.
At BETT 2013, Joskos’ technical and educational experts will be on stand B270, adjacent to the Microsoft stand, and will be talking to visitors about exciting new developments that can have a huge impact on teaching and learning within schools.
One of the most powerful developments is the launch of Windows 8, which will revolutionise the use of ICT, both within the classroom and beyond. Technology is an enabler that, when combined with good learning and teaching, has the power to be truly transformational. Windows 8 helps to release that power, putting resources at the fingertips of learners and helping them to interact with technology in a seamless and intuitive way.
We will be showcasing a range of new tablet devices that run Windows 8, and our technical experts will explain to visitors how the Windows 8 environment can be adapted for their school. With school budgets increasingly being squeezed, we will show how innovations like Windows To Go can be used both to prolong the life of existing equipment within schools, but can also enable a manageable and secure Bring Your Own Device strategy within schools.
Increasingly schools are staring to explore the power of the cloud, and developments such as Microsoft’s Office 365 for education provide powerful tools that all schools can take advantage of. We will talk to visitors about how they can take advantage of cloud storage and online applications, enabling them to extend learning opportunities outside the confines of their physical school buildings. For schools keen to bridge the digital divide, Office 365 for education enables learners to access world standard office applications via the web, regardless of the age or specifications of their own PC. This ensures that no learner is disadvantaged by equipment available to them outside school.
We believe that young people should be able to use the best and most appropriate technologies wherever possible. By doing so they will be better prepared for an increasingly competitive and global workforce. Microsoft’s best of breed software ensures that this is possible and we are proud to be working in partnership at BETT 2013.
With Anthony Salcito's address during the opening ceremony to standing room only in our Learn Live Theatre, day one at Bett 2013 has been a fun and rewarding experience, for all.
With some exciting content planned for day 2, Thursday promises to be equally engaging for visitors to the show. A mix of teachers, network managers and Microsoft staff will be presenting on how technology can help build 21st century skills and create more emotional connections with learning within our Learn Live Theatre.
Additionally, our computer science in the curriculum panel session in the Bett Arena promises to offer a thought provoking perspective on how best to prepare the software and games developers of the future. The launch of the Kodu Cup on the Naace stand will be an exciting compliment to this session, also.
We look forward to a great second day at the show and look forward to welcoming you on our stand – E270.
Originally posted on the Microsoft Teacher Blog.
If there was sound on this post , you would be hearing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor (Rocky III) , as at BETT 2013 , Partners in Learning is hosting its first ever Windows 8 Appathon. Teacher from around Europe have been involved online training, learning how to use a browser based development environment called TouchDevelop (you will be hearing a lot more about TouchDevelop from us).
To enter the event teachers, had to scope and create brief for a tablet app that they could then build with the help of experts at the event in London, with the winning app being published on the Microsoft App store.
The UK had 14 teachers entered, three of which managed to get their App idea through to this this final bout of the competition. The three teachers that will battle it out are: -
Jimmy Edwards from saltah.net community school
David Renton from Reid Kerr College
Ray Chambers from Uppingham College
These guys will be ‘locked’ in a room at our London offices with 40 others for 24hrs, with supplies of Pizza and cola to sustain them as they battle it out in developing their app.
We will be announcing how they got on and details of their apps in a post after BETT, in the meantime have a look at TouchDevelop for yourselves at www.touchdevelop.com , there are plenty of tutorials to help you get started.