Here are some of the new edtech ideas I picked up at this year's BETT show at the Excel centre in London:
- App Shed is a website that I've known about for a while and after @tomhenzley's children blogged about it earlier this week, it could be a service worth investigating to compare with the already fantastic Google Sites. Reading Teach Primary on the way home, I also learnt about this website too - http://primary-apps.com/.
- Lego Education have product out called Story Starter which has an accompanying iPad app which can be unlocked with a code given when you buy the bricks.
- The Einstein Tablet looks like cool device because it has lots of sensors in the hardware which can be used to collect data (e.g. in science lessons) - it's a shame peripherals which offer a similar function aren't available for the iPad at the moment as far as I'm aware.
- ChooseIt! Maker 3 could be an app worth investigating, having won a BETT award this year, although it does seem to offer similar functionality to Tiny Tap and 2DIY which I already use very well.
- Ladybird now has several reading book apps available (see here), although I'm always wary of the amount of in-app purchasing they offer and how much space they take up (in comparison to Oxford Owl which runs online so doesn't take up precious GB of storage or take ages to sync across multiple devices).
- Wordsmith by Pearson could be worth investigating, although personally I would never recommend relying completely on one package for any subject as I like variety.
- I found out that the Essa Academy (whose iPad deployment is outstanding in my opinion) uses this company to sync all the technology with so it could be a company to remember.
- Daydream Education create great posters to put up on displays linked to lots of curriculum topics (including ICT/computing and were giving away mini books with copies of some of them in which was a kind gesture I thought.
- Qubizm looks like a very interesting maths product which seems to be having a big impact in Northern Ireland primary schools, even if I can't really see what link to technology it has.
- For those into Raspberry Pis, this company could be worth looking into - http://www.fuze.co.uk/project-cards/
My annual BETT Saturday is always VERY busy with me wanting to get the most of my time in London having had to get up extremely early to catch the 0555 train from Manchester! In a whistle-stop afternoon, I managed to also: walk on the beach on the South Bank (for the first time ever), see where the London Dungeon has relocated to, (just adding to the crowds near the Eye), have a quick look in the enormous Stratford Westfield, nosey in the new One Show studio and visit the brilliant, free London Docklands Museum (which I wouldn't have even known existed had it not been for Trip Advisor's recommendation).