BETT 2015 Takeaways Vox Pop

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Thanks to Sarah-Jayne, Pam, Leanne, Richard, John and Nigel for adding their thoughts on BETT2015 to my own:

Q1 What was your favourite BETT takeaway or Eureka moment?

Pam O’Brien – I loved Ian Stuart’s sharing of the multi-age second level classrooms on the Isle of Islay.  I also really enjoyed Ken Robinson but found it hard to concentrate after a while because I was standing.
Nigel Lane – Good to see Sir Ken Robinson speaking and him hanging around for some of the TeachMeet.
John Heffernan – Some cool stuff from GROK learning
Leanne Lynch – Two noteworthy takeaways: Firstly, I have a wonderful BETT memory of speaking with Sarah Neild and having a hilarious conversation with Tim Rylands, Mags Amond, Bianca Ní Ghrogáin and Pamela O’Brien at the TeachEat on the Friday night. Another highlight was listening to the #iPadBand perform and considering how something similar could be created in school to jazz up an end of the year show.
Sarah-Jayne Carey – I LOVED “Technology Will Save Us” Electronic gadgets you can make yourself- play dough kit, plant watering kit, Gaming, Musical Instrument etc etc. Comes in class sets, lots of free resources online – Lesson Plans, ‘how to’ videos, great for a teacher who wants to bring “Making” into their teaching and learning but doesn’t know where to start.
Richard Millwood – That computing was not the highest priority for English primary practitioners… doh…
Mags Amond – Seeing lots and lots of small scale programmable robotics and ‘makeables’ becoming available at fairly low cost

Q2 Was there a negative aspect to BETT for you? If so, what?
Mags – no blanket wifi coverage, had to continually keep re-connecting
Richard – As ever, a lot of money spent in supposed times of austerity.
Sarah-Jayne – Not as many hands on workshops as in previous years
John – the constant scanning going in and out of the venue
Nigel – Some of the sessions fail to live up to their billing and are, in fact, little more than commercial presentations.
Pam – Lack of consistent wifi was very frustrating!!! I found the loud music which was played during Sir Ken Robinson’s talk very distracting and disrespectful.

Q3 What surprised you at BETT?
Sarah-Jayne – I was surprised at the size and scope of it again..
John – How quiet it was on the Saturday
Nigel – Lack of Interactive Whiteboards. Big touchscreens are all the rage now!
Richard – The number of other European countries, the Steve Jobs school…
Mags – 1 The large number who signed up for the Teachmeet who didn’t show up, and 2. irony of ironies – finding out the recent (excellent) TES Computer magazin is not available online

Any other comments?
Leanne – I would recommend flying to and from London City Airport for anyone considering on going to BETT2016, as it is only a ten minute taxi drive to the conference centre.
Sarah-Jayne – If you are thinking of attending next year, try and tie it in with a visit to a secondary or primary school in England- to see some of the innovations that are happening in the classroom over there.
Mags – The move from office-based ICT as taught topics to Computational thinking / coding as a subject seems to have formed “us V them” and “either / or” camps in the UK, something I would not like to happen here
Nigel – The TeachMeet was the highlight once again, or possibly just the TeachEat!
John – Pretty decent Teachmeet
Pam – I LOVED the Bett Wall (see below) – such a good way to capture and share people’s views on so many things. I also really enjoyed the TeachMeet – lots of great ideas shared.

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My excellent Takeaway that I unfortunately cannot share…’cos it is NOT online? Wha’?

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Thank you for your caring company to Bianca, Leanne, and Pam.

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…and last word to Bianca about the fun at the TeachEat, after the Friday night Teachmeet…

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