The edtech you might not have heard of…

Digifest 2018 is set to showcase the latest edtech and more, and you can be there to try it out

Fancy getting hands-on with some VR training, to see what it’s all about? Or perhaps you thought holograms and mixed reality belonged in sci-fi films? At Digifest 2018, you’ll have the chance to try out the latest edtech, explore the power of digital, and see how you can thrive in this ever-evolving technology-based environment. All for free.

The annual must-attend event for higher and further education will be taking place at the ICC in Birmingham on 6–7 March 2018, drawing those leading change from all across the further and higher education sectors. Programme themes will include digital strategy, the student digital experience, next generation learning environments and teaching and excellence in a digital age.

The event is a unique opportunity to see, hear and share the latest thoughts from the sector; through an exciting schedule of keynotes, workshops, lightning talks and networking opportunities, all presented by experts and peers alike.

The Digi Lab is set to be packed with the latest exciting edtech guaranteed to get you thinking. This year there’s a ‘seed to oak’ approach, so you’ll be able to discover each product from research to development, as well as try out technology available to use in your teaching now. Jisc’s recent survey of 20,000 students concluded that students want teachers to be better with digital, not to use more of it, so why not get immersed in the latest tech and find out how it could work for you and your institution. Here’s a taster of some of the edtech that you’ll be able to experience for yourselves this year…

Experience holograms and mixed reality

DoubleMe are set to demonstrate the much anticipated Microsoft HoloLens, a device that creates a mixed reality environment, bringing people, places and objects from physical and digital worlds together. Not only that, but Ravensbourne University will be projecting a hologram from their green room, transmitting themselves to the ICC in Birmingham before your very eyes. The HoloLens promises that: “Your ideas are closer to becoming real when you can create and work with holograms in relation to the world around you”.

Catch up with Sanbot Elf, Jisc’s resident robot

Sanbot is a cloud-enabled robot, who will be ready and waiting to meet you at Digifest to demonstrate the impressive things he’s capable of. He can be programmed to do anything you need, from helping students to find and check out books, to using his bilingual skills to assist international students. A wayfinding pro, he can even act as a receptionist. With more than 60 sensors, Sanbot boasts facial recognition and “almost human-like awareness”. Got some questions? Why not ask him yourself!

Get tractor-trained with the Tenstar Tractor Simulator

You’ll be able to try out the tractor simulator used by South Staffordshire College to train their students. The full-scale training tool provides realistic exercises that portray real-life environments, and teach maintenance, manoeuvres and techniques, all without leaving the classroom.

Register for your free space at Digifest 2018, taking place on 6–7 March at the ICC in Birmingham: Digifest is free for representatives, including students and researchers, from universities and higher education providers and further education providers. Click HERE for details.