Tim RylandsTim Rylands: challenge for BETTIn the third week of January 2009, the BETT educational ICT show brought in 30,000 visitors, while the government's first Learning and Technology World Forum attracted 15,000. It would have been a 'mother of all learning festivals' if only the events could have been harmonised. Now Becta and the DCSF are planning for 2010. Will they be ambitious and inventive enough?

The big gap that needs filling, according to experts and a straw poll on Twitter, is simple - teaching and learning, CPD. And teacher and consultant Tim Rylands says he'd love to run a creative classroom involving up to 60 learners if the organisers can come up with the space. Can they? You can read the full story on the Futurelab site.

Sir Dexter HuttSir Dexter Hutt

Sir Dexter Hutt is a man on a wave. A curve to be more accurate. In fact it’s a Sigmoid curve and it underpins his school leadership strategies and the success of his work at Ninestiles near Birmingham, as well as his new role at the Hastings Federation of Schools.

This strategic view was the keynote presentation at the recent Frog Learning Platforms Conference in Manchester and the subsequent seminars showed how learners and teachers use technology like Frog’s to put innovative clothing on such imaginative and innovative frameworks.

BETT 2010 logoThe 'Betties', the 2010 BETT Awards, have opened for nominations with five new categories: Digital Collections; Promoting Safer Learning; Learning and Teaching Tools; Digital Devices; ICT Service and Support Award.

The new awards hint at the innovations awaiting visitors to BETT 2010 (January 13-16 at Olympia, London) and at technology’s place in transforming learning. Entries close on July 22 and the organisers, Emap Connect, Becta and BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association), promise the Betties will be “bigger and better than ever”.

By Juliette Heppell

Lampton BSF planLampton designYear 9 students from Lampton School in Hounslow, London, have won a Classroom of the Future competition to research and design a futuristic school learning space.

Pupils at the school designed their classroom of the future after researching some of the best schools from all over the world. As overall winner of the "I Dream of Learning" competition, the school wins £30,000 to implement the design and buy the settings - including the ICT - to make the pupils' dream learning environment a reality

Fiona Aubrey-SmithBy Fiona Aubrey-Smith

SATs appear to be on the way out - sadly with little in the way of policy explanation - so assessment for learning should be finally on the way in. How can teachers exploit this opportunity, and the increasing adoption of social networking, to develop an innovative new culture on the learning platforms now going into schools? Fiona Aubrey-Smith (pictured) has plenty of ideas culled from classroom experience. Head of educational development at UniServity, she shares below some of the pointers to the grass-roots revolution now sprouting shoots.