Planning your days at BETT 2010 – the Microsoft Theatre schedule

Big debate in the office about revealing this to you - in the end, we decided we'd keep the colour secret!Nothing like taking things right up to the wire – and this year we’ve excelled ourselves in making last minute changes to our BETT stand, in order to find a way to fit in all of the latest news onto our stand and into our theatre. But as the fitters start building the stand down at Olympia, we’ve realised now is the time to finalise everything else. And that means that we now have the final theatre schedule, and yet again I think we’ve got a line-up with a good mix of teachers and Microsoft presenters.

Not only do we have the dynamic duo of my colleagues Mark and Matt back to do a little crystal ball gazing in technology terms, but we’ve got a hearty line-up of innovative teachers talking about the practical things that are going on in their own schools:

  • Kathryn Furness from Monkseaton will be talking about how they use OneNote to aid collaborative learning (and I’m sure she’ll also be making us jealous with the pictures of her lovely new school)
  • Alex Pearce, who used to be ICT manager at Great Barr School, is going to show us some of things he’s found in the beta version of SharePoint 2010
  • Dave Garland, from in Cornwall (yes, the chicken school), will be telling us about the work that he’s been doing with his students and an early beta version of Semblio.
  • Simon Brennand, from Philip Morant School in Essex, is going to talk about Windows 7 and share some of things he’s learnt while using it
  • Mike Herrity, from Twynham School in Dorset, is going tell stories too – about how they’ve created a Learning Gateway that’s doing everything from connecting parents to easing the KS4 Options process
  • Guy Shearer, Principal from Lodge Park Technology College, will be talking about their choice to use Live@edu for their students – to reduce the cost of their email service, as well as enhancing the collaboration options available to staff and students.

And finally, colleagues Chris & Leighton are going to run through Office 2010, and the Office Web Apps, which will be available later this year. (Oh, and there’s the little matter of me getting my “10 ways to save the school budget” presentation finished in time!)

Here’s the full timetable – as you can see, a big run of snappy presentations no more than 20 minutes long. And every one is repeated twice a day, so that you can see them all, and get time to visit the rest of the stand!







Touching the Future

Mark A’Bear & Matt Fox



How do you get students to pay more attention?

Kathryn Furness,
Monkseaton High School



Creating a future Connected Learning Community

Alex Pearce,
SharePoint MVP



Creating learning opportunities

Dave Garland,



Windows 7

Simon Brennand,
Philip Morant School



The future of Office in school and at home

Chris Rothwell & Leighton Searle



Tales from a Connected Learning Community

Mike Herrity,
Twynham School



10 ways to save the school budget with ICT

Ray Fleming



Live@Edu: Collaborating in the cloud

Guy Shearer,
Lodge Park Technology College

I’m looking forward to some of you in person later this week!

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