The annual BETT show, at Olympia, London, is the biggest and most successful exhibition of technology and learning in the world, with 30,000 visitors in 2009. But it's a trade show, and with commerce the main shaper of its future, the technology has tended to outweigh the learning.
The good news is that features like Stephen Heppell's Playful Learning keep learning at its heart, and at BETT 2010 this week there will be an unprecedented level of teacher involvement, with teacher events on three nights in succession in Olympia's biggest seminar space, the Apex Room: Wednesday, TEDx Orenda; Thursday, AmplifiED; Friday BETT TeachMeet 2010. And TeachMeet will be spilling out on to the exhibition floor with teachers going on to commercial stands to show the free online tools they use with their learners. Welcome to TeachMeet Takeover.