Starting to get exhibition area crazy and to this point I have only been criss crossing the space for meetings but I had a wander around finally.
Lots of on-line toll gated learning content , lots of international stands, more I think than in past years , but while I enjoyed watching some sessions on practise nothing really jumping out . This more about things I see over year - for many there may have been some new stuff.
A lot of stands have all kinds of ways to lock down , store securely , charge, manage apps across class sets of tablets or laptops . I know these things are expensive assets but I am still not sure why we are not thinking of keeping these in learners hands more. I think we're missing the point somewhere here.
Also a fixation on capturing and analysing big data. It seems the natural adjunct to on-line evidence and assessment and perhaps heralds the way for more diagnostic and learner directed assessment. I worry that a lot of this collection is for its own sake . Just because it can generate lots of data does not mean something has any impact at all on learning.
Think special mention to a Scottish company earning plaudits around world for their flexible filtering system for schools . Though I like my learning unfiltered ! I do appreciate need for this in primary schools http://bloxx.com
This Brazillian company looks really interesting http://www.competir.com/index_en.html check out the English version of the site - with 5 million users . Philosphy and technology all look very sound .
One thing and I guess it will be backed up by their financials Microsoft with new range of devices,
windows 8 getting better and 365 for education really seem to have stepped up to the mark .
Managed to miss Skills Minister Matthew Hancock's speech which deserves a read ..already impressed by the work of FELTAG in England ..looks too more will come of this with Stephen Heppell at the head of things https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/matthew-hancock-speech-on-education-technology-at-bett-show . I think some of this shows that the spin doctors picked up the reaction to Michael Gove's opening address - perhaps this was the antidote.
Had a great lunch time meeting with Greg Butler and hope we can get Scotland to join the Collaborative Assessment Alliance
Final round of meetings with some customers , Jim Fanning of Education Scotland and some folks who had picked up conversation on twitter
Hear too that a few Scottish local authorities have been spotted doing the rounds ..
Another case I think for having some Scottish stand or a more formal gathering, it would have been great to reflect on some more of these things with peers and share notes.
Know too there were a few more folks I could and should have said hello to. Sorry never enough time.
Then run for the airport .
New venue is great , wifi worked , spotlight sessions excellent ..few I caught between meetings.