Careers, economies and societies are changing at a blistering pace, and technology is a key driver of many of the changes. With life now being so heavily influenced by online and digital experience, it means that the way we create, consume and share information has shifted dramatically in a short space of time; as educators, we are now tasked with teaching a generation of children who relate to the world through touchscreens, smartphones and social media. Added to this are the popular estimates that suggest around 65% of the jobs that children now entering primary school will do, don’t even exist yet; a statistic that’s both exciting and, let’s face it, creates new challenges.
The task of helping to prepare students for a world that we know so little about is considerable, but there are some inspiring stories that cut through the mass of information out there on the use of technology in education, and Bett has become the platform for those voices. The event and the community around it help to demystify the education technology landscape, bringing all those who are passionate about transforming education into the conversation.
The talk of education transformation is ongoing
Bett 2018 will shine a light on some of the exciting developments in technology that could have a significant impact on the way we approach education. Companies are now starting to fully explore the potential of game-changing innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and tech-powered adaptive learning solutions. But just as we didn’t know that the computer would go on to revolutionise most industries back in the ’80s, we don’t know if or how these latest technologies will change the face of education. We do, however, know that teachers are getting involved in the conversation, the exploration and the creation of these solutions, to find out how tech can work for them and their students and to inform the development of what comes next.
Over 800 suppliers will be showcasing their latest products across four days at Bett 2018, offering visitors the opportunity to touch, test and evaluate vital resources. From global technology giants to non-tech companies, well-established solution and hardware providers to exciting edtech start-ups. The opportunity to trial and test products is perhaps one of the most valuable features of Bett, particularly when purchases need to demonstrate clear value to schools for whom return on investment and future-proofing the education offering are crucial. One of the more organic benefits of time at the event is the opportunity to meet other education professionals. These opportunities enable visitors to find out more about the practicalities and realities of meeting the needs of pupils and build meaningful relationships with other schools amongst the thriving Bett community.
The wide range of resources are complemented by inspirational content addressing the priorities, opportunities and challenges in education. Bett’s mission is to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfil their potential and the event is future-focused in many ways. The community of educators and innovators that attend each year are bringing the future of learning to life, with all its excitement and vibrancy. These conversations will help educators not just imagine the upcoming careers of their pupils, but really get to grips with how to prepare them for a very different world. The bedrock of Bett, and the reason the community continues to grow and flex its collective brain power each year is the belief that everyone has a role to play in transforming education.
Bett 2018 will run over four days, from 24 to 27 January 2018 at ExCeL, London. For more information, to find out more about the programme of content and to register for your free pass, visit: www.bettshow.com.