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?

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 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 picteachsecawardUMerlin John (left), Helen Mulley ('Teach Secondary') and John Galloway McTaggart 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.

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.

Elhadj As Sy

BETT Week 2016 was on a high and climbing - and those at its heart are planning the next 

His message to the attendees from the 90 or so education ministers at the Education World Forum (EWF) in Westminster, and those participating online, was stark but positive. Those who have lost everything through their displacement by armed conflict or national disaster – now in the millions – are often left with only one thing, their learning. And it's also their most powerful tool for survival.