I went with an open mind to the BETT show yesterday. I knew that it would be big, bold and brash but I had not realised how big, bold and brash it would be until I walked in through the front door into the main hall. I can safely say it was very noisy and very busy. The whole place is pictured very well by Roger Neilson’s post ‘Swimming with sharks or a village market‘. There are many other blog’s posting about BETT (Jan Webb’s ‘A Big BETT2010 day out‘ for example) that brilliantly describe the day’s events. I want to concentrate on what I got from it.
- BETT is a showcase filled to bursting – it needs to diet not gorge out next year
- The Teachmeet Takeover was brilliant – a successful mix of inspirational teachers demonstrating the effective use of free tools in the classroom
- Teachmeet BETT2010 was outstanding
- Meeting teachers from my Twitter PLN was the single most important part of my day
- I had great conversations, exchanged many ideas, learned about new tools and left refreshed and energised!
You walk around BETT, like many others, with a face of non-compliance. You window shop and occasionally chat to the sellers about products that have no place in the classroom; 3D tech wins the most pointless tool award.
What made BETT worthwhile for me? The sharing of ideas with genuinely inspirational teachers and educators.