KidsMeet Bett

Children's 'KidsMeet' presentations at BETT had a 360-degree impact, writes Catherine Steel

Even though the Saturday of the BETT show is often considered the ‘graveyard shift’, my Code Club children are still talking excitedly about the event three weeks further down the line!

The seven Year 4 children (aged 8 and 9) who attended KidsMeet with their parents, myself and another member of Redbridge Primary School staff, along with children from nine other schools are still making comments such as “When can we go again?” and “Can we write to Night Zookeeper?”

BETT 2016 Raspberry Pi

Tony Parkin gravitates to the more creative corners - and he found them at BETT 2016

One thing no-one ever said about the BETT Show is "intimate". Held in ExCeL’s vast exhibition halls, it feels like being in a giant international airport, complete with aircraft hangers. This year the impression was heightened by the presence of a United Arab Emirates stand looking exactly like a first-class airport lounge.

In total contrast, however, were the show's corner areas, changed from former no-go zones into thriving and successful elements of the main show. So what brought about this transformation?

Inventors! Steam Co Day

Bryn Llewellyn returns to the North East for a second industrial revolution - STEAM  

It's always great to return to your roots: to know where you are going, you have to know where you have come from.

Mention the North-East and you think about industries past -–mining and shipbuilding, the people and strong sense of community. Heading to Sunderland for the Inventors! STEAM Co Day last week allowed me to think back to my own childhood and how the area has changed.

Renaldo Lawrence with students

Hugh John hails Chelsea FC's innovative new tech camp for students  

The worlds of Premiership football and digital creativity are coming together for young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds, in a unique education project at the home of the Premier League Champions, Chelsea Football Club.

The Chelsea Foundation Digital Camp, led by teacher Renaldo Lawrence and Chelsea Foundation head of education Matt Mead, has been created in association with Chelsea FC Foundation, Wipro, a global information technology company, online learning specialists Lynda.com and computer graphics giant Adobe.

Award-winning authors want schools to make maximum impact, writes Sue Murray

Education journalists John Galloway, Merlin John and Maureen picteachsecawardUMcTaggart were presented with the Teach Secondary, Technology and Innovation Award at BETT 2016 for their recent publication, Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies.

The book, which won in the ‘Best Book’ category, was commended for the support it offers teachers through the best practice use of mobile technologies, and the award was made at an informal but intimate event on the Teach Secondary stand.