The '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”.
This BETT (the 26th) will mark the 12th year of the awards that recognise and celebrate product excellence for the education sector. The BETT Awards 2010 categories are:
Early Years Solutions;
Primary Digital Content Secondary;
FE and Skills;
Leadership and Management Solutions;
Special Educational Needs Solutions;
Promoting Safer Learning;
Learning and Teaching Tools;
ICT Company of the Year;
ICT Exporter of the Year;
ICT Education Partnership;
ICT Service and Support Award;
Outstanding Achievement in ICT Education.
Professor Stephen Heppell, pictured (left) receiving last year's Outstanding Achievement award, says: "BETT is the premier meeting place for those building 21st century learning with new technology. This community assembles annually from all around the world to swap ideas. Just being there is electrifying; being honoured with an award was humbling. At an event where there is so much to say, the award left me speechless and proud.”
The 2010 award winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner at London’s Hilton hotel on the opening day of BETT 2010, January 13.