My thoughts about this year's event:
- It was great to finally watch Tim Rylands present in real life - he spoke about the importance of keeping up with children's interests to keep them engaged. I also particularly agreed with his idea of having regular 'tech breaks' - short periods of time when children either get the chance to explore/discover the capabilities of a new too or try a more 'analogue' alternative to complete a task instead. All the links he mentioned can be found here.
- Kudlain Software seem to have re-branded their I Can Animate app to Ardman Animate IT, although no new features seem to be present - http://www.kudlian.net/Kudlian_Software/Home.html
- It was great to see 2Simple Software previewing some of their forthcoming iOS apps to me which look seriously cool - 2DIY (which uses an on-screen joystick to control the player in a game) and Mash Cams!
- EuroTalk's Maths, age 3-5 looks like a great little app and more for older children seem to be in the pipeline - http://eurotalk.com/apps/en/age3-5/maths/
- Ordnance Survey continue to impress me and their online maps shouldn't be forgotten - http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/bett
- TTS had a fun stand and it's worth noting that their free Bee-Bot app got some new 'farm' levels added this week - http://www.tts-group.co.uk/beebotapp
- Busy Things are selling some nice apps which I'm looking forward to exploring - http://www.busythings.co.uk/apps.php
- LEGO Education offer some great tools for the classroom - http://education.lego.com/en-gb/preschool-and-school/ (Jane Fisher has also written a blog post recently about her use of LEGO in the classroom which is very interesting).
- @charliedeane spoke to me about Fiction Express and what a huge impact it is having in her classroom - it basically provides a weekly chapter of a story where readers vote to control how the following week's plot is written. http://schools.fictionexpress.co.uk/en
- Wordwall could be a product to keep an eye on - http://getwordwall.com/About/FreePersonal
- Display Note could be an interesting app to try out too (it appears to be a slightly more advanced version of Socrative) - http://displaynote.com/how-it-works
- It was nice to see TeachPrimary and IR Games exhibit at the show - two companies that offer really high-quality educational products that are available on iOS.
Lastly, I much preferred the new ExCel venue over Olympia - yes it was easier to get lost with everything being on the same level but the facilities available (especially eating places) were a lot better.
I also enjoyed a ride on the new Thames cable car on way back to catch the DLR too!