Sally McKeown identifies Sonocent's awards successes with its drive for innovation
The BETT awards 2015, held at the Brewery, London, featured 20 different categories. Dave Tucker, director of Sonocent, the publisher of Audio Notetaker, was relieved. Not only did his Leeds-based company win but this time he and colleagues were present to celebrate.

This latest success, which followed an Education Resources Award in March 2014, serves to accelerate Sonocent's rate of innovation. It has announced that Audio Notetaker is integrating the use of market leading voice-recognition software Dragon Dictate for a new 'Scribe' function.

The politicians have trumpeted about 400 master teachers – but where are they?
Nicky MorganNick Morgan: 'Master teachers for all'In her keynote address at the BETT 2015 educational technology show in London in January education secretary Nicky Morgan MP lauded England’s computing curriculum and claimed, “All teachers can now access support from a local computing master teacher.”

If that was true, why has the Department for Education (DfE) just issued a £1 million tender for a “Computing Support Contract: Network of Excellence”? Its purpose is to widen the so-called Network of Excellence, run by the British Computer Society and its Computing at School (CaS) organisation, to 400 master teachers by 2016.

"Primary schools with Naace ICT Mark three times more likely to be judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted!" was the heading for the press release issued by Naace, the organisation of ICT professionals, at the BETT 2015 event in London. And it's true.

A survey uncovered that impressive correlation between the NaaceMark and Ofsted success. Although no one is saying that the Ofsted recognition was the result of those schools gaining their Naace ICT Mark, it doesn't take a leap of imagination to understand that schools that take their ICT for learning seriously will also be purposeful and determined in other areas.

Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia elevated humanity above the glitz of BETT, writes Sal McKeown
Jimmy WalesJimmy Wales: 'all knowledge to every single person'BETT has more than its share of self-congratulation. There are the 'exemplar schools' spreading the gospel, companies touting their wares and corporate bodies hiking their profits and reaching out to new markets.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talked about offering free access to the sum of all human knowledge to every single person on the planet. That is a gob-smacking concept and made everything else at BETT 2015 seem just a little bit tarnished.

Design and technology teacher Jonathan Boyle reflects on the BETT 2015 journey
3D Printing3D printing at BETT: amazing bronze effect from UltimakerWe have journeyed together. This was as global as it gets and long may it continue. As like minded souls, we converged on utopia for a day or two and Bett 2015 tasted as good as it looked.

Those new to Bett succumbed quickly to chaos theory and ‘pinged’ from stall to stall wondering if they might ever get out. It takes years to understand the lie of the land. But ExCeL, in London's Docklands, is a massive, appropriate and modern venue.