It is really a great privilege to get in and around the largest educational technology conference in the world. I hope folks who are in and around the conference appreciate that and make the most of social media to share their experience of the event.
But you can now engage with it from your mobile device - wherever you are.
Here is a quick survival guide for those who can't make the conference in person this year but want to follow what is happening through twitter or by other means
The main conference hashtag is #BETT2016 . There are a range of tools that will let you monitor the twitter feed and filter out the sales patter. Filtering out the sales patter is what you need to do too if you are there in person.
It is worth having a look at the sections of the programme you are interested in http://www.bettshow.com/
The three strands I have an interest in are the FE and Skills , Technology in Higher Education, and Leadership in Education .
The buzz starts before BETT with the Education World Forum #EWF2016 for policy makers and ministerial teams http://www.theewf.org/ . This conference usually runs on Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday with Wednesday being the day the internatonal policy delegates are brought over to the BETT Conference.
The EWF can be a bit of an advertorial for the English education and skills system -which often masquerades at this international event as the "UK Education and Skills system" - so great to see that this year Angela Constance the Scottish Minister for Education has a speaking slot http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scottish-education-on-the-world-stage-2164.aspx .
There won't be a lot of tweets from #EWF2016 but worth watching out for links to the keynote's presentations. https://twitter.com/hashtag/ewf2016
On day one the Education World Forum , Education Fast Forward held a session for the global delegates on literacy challenges around the world.
You can find tweets and links from this morning's debate
Over the course of this week I am looking forward to seeing some updates on JISC work around FE and Skills and the work that has been done to date by the FELTAG Coalition Group http://feltag.org.uk/feltag-coalition/
Look out for English Minister for Education Address to delegates.
Watch out who wins the #Bettawards in the evening - often a reasonable indicator of interesting work.
Usually day that vendors like Microsoft and others get to show off something new and make announcements.
Teachmeet - can be worth a follow - though Teachmeet Bett is on an epic scale
Around Bett time worth following - some of these folks - I will come back and add some more