Well my diary is almost full of the important catch ups with vendors that I can only really make in this slot in the year. I'll be at BETT from Wed morning to Friday afternoon this year.
Normally I am aware of what the main big ticket issue is as a backdrop to BETT - in the past you could guess before you went that dependent on year you would be running into
- purveyors of electronic whiteboards
- ICT Training initiatives for teachers, learners , adults , civil servants ....
- whole school and local authority management information systems
- technical service providers for local authorities
- special deals for bulk buys of hardware
- Virtual Learning Environment providers
- Schools for the future , gazers , describers , sellers , costructors - in handy pre-formed partnership teams
The only constants over last 10 years are quiet stands full of fuzzy felt and interesting things for primary learners and appalling really for Britain's premier education exhibition, wi-fi will be inaccessible or really dreadful.
It is hard to tell what main thing will be this year - I am guessing policy folk will sit around and talk about PISA - this has been main topic for last three years. It is verging on the obsessive really.
I'd like discussions to be around how education in the UK can support BYOD if not for learners then certainly for teachers and how and why we can't be as ambitious for learners as a county like Uruguay can be in terms of moving to one lap top per child and building the infrastructure around this.
It may only be a short hop away as 4G and new networking technologies may mean that high bandwidth is available to support new initiatives in this space without cost of all the hard-wiring.
Would be great too to hear from school system of some examples where local authorities of regions have moved into cloud in an open scaleable way and overcome any security issues they may have had for learners and for information security too.
I usually come back with some great new ideas from international links we have http://www.joewilsons.net/search/label/BETT and a huge sense of relief we don't operate in the same policy landscape as the English education system. ( should add for blogging police this is a fact on policy landscape rather than any form of political statement )
See you there folks