Here is my list of all the companies and products that caught my attention when I visited this year's BETT Show on the newly-named 'Purple Saturday':
- Virtual Reality appeared to be this year's buzz-concept with Google, Discovery Education and Class VR all offering solutions to help integrate them into purposeful classroom contexts, although personally I am yet to be convinced how the cost and amount of equipment needed (remembering that 1-1 devices is a requirement) can not be significant barriers when Google Streeview offers a similar service with much less hassle for free considering the frequency with which most teachers would actually go on virtual field trips anyway in lessons.
- Mini programmable 'robots' also seemed to be quite popular, with Phiro, SwapBots and Kubo Robot being three in particular that caught my eye as being quite interesting, although I await to see which items from these often small, start-up companies actually succeed in bringing in an effective, alternative method for doing basic programming when the Bee-Bot and Pro-Bot work so well in my school for covering these skills already.
- Beacon Computing Curriculum Toolkit is a new scheme of work launching at the end of March - let's hope it actually contains resources for delivering actual lessons, not just unit overviews.
- Data Harvest now have an iPad app for connecting their Vu+ Data Loggers with via Bluetooth, which could be worth investigating as a way of better integrating ICT into science investigations.
- Showbie launched the tools to be able to schedule assignments to be: locked, read-only and editable which will be very helpful.
- little Bits continues to grow and improve every time I see it in action - it's a fantastic product for bridging that awkward gap between what is 'programming' and what is 'electronics' and I certainly need to get some for myself. There are some lesson plans here.
- EasyRead Time Teacher looks like a great product for helping children learn how to tell the time.
- #KidgsJudgeBett ran again this year which I always this is a brilliant idea for helping children engage with stands and for encouraging companies to make interesting stands:
Best of Bett kids
- Comic Draw - http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=7fd71e2c83a045c87d9fc9786&id=778284200f&e=40c5ebe001
- DK Find Out books - http://www.dkfindout.com/uk/
- DayDream Education have new versions of the their excellent pocket posters now on sale - https://www.daydreameducation.co.uk/products/pocket-posters
- Lego Boost http://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/01/06/exclusive-hands-lego-boost-robotics-prototype-ces-las-vegas-news-video/ and http://www.brothers-brick.com/2017/01/04/lego-boost-unveiled-need-know-bring-creations-life-news/