The Bett show, and its ability for us 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 I personally think that this year's show, with the addition of the Bett Arena, was one of the best yet.

With a central theme of 'A New Era of Digital Learning', we discussed how devices, services and a rich collection of applications can come together to create more immersive and engaging learning experiences that help build essential 21st century skills for learners.

Our stand, E270, was split across two key areas - the Microsoft Learn Live Theatre and the Windows 8 Stand.

Our Learn Live Theatre sessions were jammed packed with tips, tricks and valuable advice delivered by a mix of teachers, network managers and Microsoft staff and addressed a wide range of topics from Windows 8 to the power of communities in education. The first batch of slides from our Learn Live Theatre were posted to the blog yesterday, and we will continue to share this content over the next week. Check back at the blog to download the slides from your favourite session!

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It was literally standing room only for the majority of our Learn Live Theatre sessions, and all the speakers did an amazing job at discussing how our technologies and programs can help to enhance teaching and learning. Thanks again to all involved!!

Additionally, with the Windows 8 Stand, we offered 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 was a perfect complement to the Learn Live Theatre sessions that ran throughout the day.

Furthermore, with the full range of the Windows 8 UK 'featured apps' available on all the devices on the stand, visitors had a great opportunity to experience the apps first hand that have been featured on our Windows 8 in education microsite. If you visited our Windows 8 stand, what was your favourite app? We would love to hear in the comments below!

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Beyond our main stand, we also joined i2i (the Bett organisers) as 'Knowledge Partner' for the Bett Arena. As Knowledge Partner, we worked closely with the folks at i2i to curate an amazing line-up of insightful, entertaining and informative speakers that added a new dimension to visitors experience at the show. With a mix of household names, such Brian Cox, and passionate in-sector speakers, the Bett Arena was definitely a focal point for the organisers and it was a privilege to be involved during its inaugural year.

Anthony Salcito kicked things off in style in the Arena on the opening day of the show and we also ran a computer science in the curriculum panel discussion on the Thursday of the show. Thanks to all that attended Smile 

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Anthony also shared some personal thoughts on Bett in the video below.

So with the dust now fully settled on Excel London for this years show, it time to start planning Bett 14 Winking smile 

Keep your eyes peeled for the Bett Arena videos on the Bett Show website, and if there is anything you would like us to focus on for next years show, just share your thoughts in the comments.

Tim