Phew…! Still with us?! Another action-packed day at BETT 2017 draws to a close, and as attendees and exhibitors start to make their ways home, there is much to reflect on and ponder.
Yesterday our BETT 2017 Day One recap looked at some of the talks and sessions happening further afield across the BETT exhibition floor, so for this evening's edition we'll focus on some of the Learn Live Theatre sessions being delivered by educators and school leaders on the Microsoft stand and some of the activity from the Microsoft Partner Campus.
Kicking things off was Steven Reid (@ImmersiveMind), who once again brought in crowds who were eager to hear how he has been using the latest features of Minecraft: Education Edition in the 12 months since he last graced the Microsoft stand at BETT:
— Anthony Salcito (@AnthonySalcito) January 26, 2017
Steven will be with us all week, but if you aren’t able to attend any of his sessions, there is a dedicated Minecraft zone on our Partner Campus, where the team will be happy to give you the rundown of what's making waves in that world! Speaking of the Partner Campus, you could forgive a few sore heads in certain corners of the stand, after two of our partners picked up BETT Awards last night!
Winning the award for ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment was Tute Education, while TeacherIn went home with gong for ICT Innovator of the Year. Congratulations to all involved, and we are sure this is just the start of another fantastic year for all Microsoft in Education Partners:
Turning back to the stand, the Learn Live Theatre and Showcase Classroom sessions continued to rumble on throughout the day, with the vast majority of sessions being standing room only. One area where there has been significant product development for us lately is around SEN, and the Learning Tools for OneNote. Joining Microsoft's Mike Tholfsen on stage was Jan Lusty of Knowl Hill School. Reading and writing for a class with varying special educational needs can be daunting for teachers and students alike, but with the introduction of a number of new features to Learning Tools for OneNote, that task has become easier and more achievable:
— Microsoft Education (@microsofteduk) January 26, 2017
Many of the people that we spoke to were interested in how teachers - both individually and collectively - can embark upon meaningful CPD that improves their familiarity with and use of technology in the classroom. Step up #MIEExpert and Microsoft Educator Community guru Paul 'Lanny' Watkins (no doubt a name recognised by many regular readers of this blog), to deliver his session all about badges, teacher training and all things CPD through the MEC. You can sign up right here, and even earn your MIE Badges during BETT - just ask at the stand!
Bringing everything else together, there were further sessions covering all things Microsoft in Education. The impact of Surface in education was seen through the story of Shireland Collegiate Academy, where Surface - underpinned by Windows 10 and Office 365 - is aiding classroom activity while allowing students to be as creative as they dare to be. A deeper dive of Office 365 and Windows 10 can be found in the sessions of Natalie Burgess and Ben Whitfield respectively - both sessions that are worth attending in their own right.
For teachers looking to give their students a taste of the wider world and some of the inspiring sights and sounds there is of course Skype in the Classroom, and #MIEExpert Kristy Griffin's session on that is not to be missed, although if you are pushed for time there are Skype team members on the stand, so please just speak to anyone in a light blue shirt!
We hope that’s enough to keep you entertained for your journeys home from the ExCel, or if you're reading this prior to attending tomorrow, be sure to refer to our stand schedule and run down of who's who in the Microsoft Partner Campus!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!