Beat the January blues at Bett 2017

Welcome back! For most people, January means grey weather, new exercise regimes, and fat-free, fun-free diets. To those of us in the world of education, however, January offers a spark of edtech excitement. Europe’s biggest education technology fair is back for its 21st appearance at London’s ExCel centre from 25 to 28 January. We’ll be there as always – this year on stand C210 – to meet over 44,000 like-minded teachers, students, leaders, techies, makers, coders and thinkers.

Bett 2017 looks set to be fantastic, with superstar chef Heston Blumenthal and education guru Sir Ken Robinson already confirmed for keynote talks.

This year we’re positioned right next to the main Bett arena, and we’ll be hosting events throughout the week to show off the latest and best technology that you can incorporate into your own classrooms.

On Thursday 26 January, Intel will be leading a School Leaders Summit discussion, Taking a 360 Degree Look at Student Learning, with a panel of our five*  Intel® Education Visionaries to discuss how to build a meaningful 360-degree learning experience. The focus will be on how to unlock the power of personalizing the student experience, using technology and data to connect educators and students.

We’ll also be co-hosting three sessions at the STEAM Village. On the Wednesday, Yorick Schetgen from our IOT Innovators and Makers division will be presenting the Makeblock, a learning platform that uses robots to teach engineering skills to young people aged 6-13. Look out for his talk at 12:00 called Creative physical programming at school with Makeblock Mbot.

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The following day, get hands-on at the circuit petting zoo. Derek Runberg from Sparkfun will introduce the Arduino 101 Inventor’s Kit and show you how you can take it into your classroom, all in under an hour, starting at 14:45. The kit is designed to help embed concepts of mathematics, motion, computational thinking, computer science, and engineering into your STEAM programme.

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And if you’re feeling lucky, there are also chances to win some great prizes. At Intel's stand, take our 360 learning tour for a chance to win a 2 in 1 with Intel Inside - we're giving away one each day. The drawings will be held at 16:00 on 25, 26 and 27 January so make sure you stick around. We’d also recommend stopping by the Making and Coding area of our stand to receive a free USB drive with over 20 UK Makers lesson plans and projects.

Finally, on Friday 27th, spend your lunch break getting to know the CTCprogram. More formally known as Creative Technologies in the Classroom from Arduino, it includes learning materials and over 20 hands-on projects for students starting at age 13 and above that introduces basic concepts in programming, electronics, and mechanics in an approachable, playful way. Already a hit in Spain, Sweden and Ecuador, the program has now been opened up to teachers around the globe. Head down at 13:15 to find out more.

So if you’re visiting Bett, these quick, informative, and fun sessions will give you something to take back into your classroom.

As well as the one-off sessions, our stand C210 will be open for the duration of the event. Here you can meet some of our Intel Education Visionaries – educators who are leading the way in the creative use of classroom technology. You can also get to grips with Intel-powered devices from laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s to robots and Lego, as well as a range of hardware and software from our industry partners and four ed-tech startups from our Intel® Education Accelerator programme.

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But what if you can’t make it? As always, you can follow us on social media, where we’ll be bringing you live updates from all the key talks, demos, announcements, and performances, as well as nightly recaps of all the day’s action. Twitter is the most frequently updated, but you can also keep abreast of the action on Facebook.

See you there.

*Visionaries for School Leader Panel:
Gareth Shaw, ICT Leader and Educator, UK, Northern Ireland Ballyclare High School
Amanda Hayward, ICT Coordinator, UK, England ICT in Schools
Simon Wing, Educator, UK, England Montgomery Primary School
Ian Phillips, IT Director, UK, The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Donna Teuber, Innovation Program Designer, USA, Richland School District Two, South Carolina