BSB at Leading Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT 2018)

At the end of January, some members of the BSB and other Cognita schools in Spain attended the British Educational Training and Technology show (BETT). BETT is the first industry tradeshow of the year in the education technology landscape; the meeting place of leading companies, edtech start-ups and educators from around the world; a buzzing showcase of thought-provoking ideas, innovative practices and latest technologies so that educators can find inspiration and enable learners to thrive.

Mrs Overton, Ms Dean, Mr Bustos and Mr Aparicio shared their inspiring experience with us:

  • ‘It has really helped to cement my thoughts around the forthcoming digital transformation at BSB’
  • ‘We will plan carefully for these to ensure they are incorporated into our whole school strategic approach’
  • ‘We need to make the best possible use of the amazing tools we have at hand to prepare our students for the world of tomorrow’
  • ‘Experiencing BETT has helped to find new ideas and inspiration on how to improve the practical work in our science classes as well as IT solutions to help reinforce the children’s knowledge of their science subjects’

Thank you for attending BETT 2018! We look forward to seeing many of these ideas in our classrooms!

Find out more about their experience:

Mrs Emma Overton, Head of Early Years and Primary, BSB Castelldefels:

‘This was my 6th year attending the BETT exhibition, and every year it gets bigger and better. It has moved beyond a ‘showcase of technology’, to companies and developers taking a real interest in education and the demands of 21st century learning. The organisers of the event secured some fantastic and inspirational speakers from all around the globe. It has really helped to cement my thoughts around the forthcoming digital transformation at BSB. Technology will not be ‘added on’, it will be integrated to enable a creative and fully accessible curriculum for all.’

Ms Judy Dean, Deputy Head of Early Years and Primary, BSB Castelldefels:

‘It was my first time at BETT and I hope it will be the first of many. Two amazing days where we were inspired to use technology in so many different ways to facilitate children’s learning. From class apps to acknowledge children’s achievements to music programmes to enable children to create and music and podcasts online. We will plan carefully for these to ensure they are incorporated into our whole school strategic approach. We were privileged to attend a seminar run by Mr Donck, one of our parents and look forward to working with him in the future.’

Raimon Bustos, IT Manager, Cognita Spain:

‘As usual, this year’s BETT has been a great show, with plenty of amazing educational proposals, technologies and professionals who shared they knowledge and inspired us.

The show is always an eye opener: people brings their ideas and solutions, and it is evident that, nowadays, as technology has become ubiquitous, an extension of our own selves, we need to make the best possible use of the amazing tools we have at hand to prepare our students for the world of tomorrow.

There are already teaching methodologies that blend perfectly with the use of technology; children who are currently in school are digital natives, and paraphrasing the former US secretary of Education Richard Riley, we are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t yet been invented to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

It is our job as a school to help our students to be ready for the reality they will find when they grow up, a world which is taking shape but still doesn’t exist at all, prepare them for all the challenges ahead and help them achieve beyond they believed possible, make them fully unleash their talents, and technology can be a great ally in this mission; it must be.’

Marcos Aparicio, Laboratory Technician:

This was my first trip to the BETT exhibition and I can only describe my time there as a blast. It was great to find many technological educational solutions of such potential all in the same place. Talking from a laboratory technician’s point of view, experiencing BETT has helped to find new ideas and inspiration on how to improve the practical work in our science classes as well as IT solutions to help reinforce the children’s knowledge of their science subjects. An investment in the new technological solutions presented at the BETT exhibition will undoubtedly have a great impact on the knowledge, passion and interest that our children have for our science classes.