After months of planning and organisation, we hugely excited to be heading into the week of the Bett Show! To coincide with this week, a raft of new Microsoft in Education and Minecraft: Education Edition announcements were made on Monday. Get all the latest news here:
Here's what to expect from us over the next few days...
Microsoft in Education @ Bett 2018
More than just a technology exhibition, Bett is an environment for attendees to develop new skills, learn from the experiences of others, and be inspired to the push boundaries of how they can blend technology and pedagogy to unlock limitless learning and enhance the way their institutions operate. There are plenty of ways to interact and learn during your time at Bett, and the Microsoft Education Campus is divided into specific areas to help you easily find information, guidance, hands-on training, and experiences related to what matters the most to you and your institution.
We are now pleased to share details of what is happening on the Microsoft Education Campus (stand E300), the different sessions and workshops available for free throughout the whole show, partner expertise and the many other ways in which you can experience Microsoft at Bett 2018.
The main Microsoft Education Campus is comprised of three areas:
Microsoft Learn Live Theatre
Starting with the Microsoft Campus, our Learn Live Theatre is back once again, with a schedule packed full of fantastic sessions run by Microsoft product experts, Partners and #MIEExperts who'll be sharing success stories, practical guidance, and exciting news covering everything from Learning Tools & Inclusion, Minecraft in Education: Code Builder, to STEM & Future ready skills.
As well as the specific product-themed sessions, Ian Fordham (Microsoft in Education UK Director) will speak to the future landscape of "What's New in EDU?" from Microsoft, Andy Nagle (Microsoft in Education UK CTO) will look into AI and disruptive technologies such as Mixed and Virtual Reality, and there will be deeper dives on pertinent topics including what GDPR means for academic institutions, and what steps need to be made to ensure compliance.
Sessions in the Microsoft Learn Live Theatre run all through the duration of the Bett Show, and are repeated twice daily. View the full schedule.
Microsoft Training Academies
Anyone who has attend a #MicrosoftEdu Roadshow event in recent months will attest to the value that our Microsoft Learning Consultants and MIEExperts can bring both on for individuals seeking CPD and for schools looking to embark on a journey of digital transformation. Throughout Bett we have a full schedule of Microsoft Training Academy sessions hosted by our MLCs, offering educators and school leaders the opportunity to get hands on with the latest and greatest tools that are being delivered to drive student and teacher outcomes. As well as training on Windows 10, Office 365, Teams, Sway, OneNote and more, you'll learn how take ongoing advantage of the wealth of CPD courses, resources, lesson plans and classroom activities that are freely available on the Microsoft Educator Community.
Microsoft Training Academy sessions are repeated twice daily. View the full schedule.
This is the area on the stand where you can check out the latest classroom devices, management solutions and discover the latest apps for learning. We'll be featuring a huge range of OEM devices at that can help you connect your classroom, empower your students and embrace the future. Experts will be on hand to guide you through demonstrations and answer and of your questions around the devices themselves, and how you can manage them at an individual, classroom or institutional level.
We'll also have the Surface family of devices on the stand, including Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Hub.
To learn more about the educational benefits of all of these Windows 10 devices, drop by the Microsoft Campus at any time over the course of the show.
Microsoft Partner Campus
A key part of how we seek to empower the educators and learners of today to build the world of tomorrow are our Microsoft in Education Partners. As part of the Microsoft in Education Campus (E300) we have a whole section dedicated to showcasing a number of our partners, and the value they can bring to your institution, in areas such as Office 365, STEM, licensing, teaching and learning tools, Azure, Windows 10 and security. It is a truly hands-on experience, with five distinct areas: Activate Learning; Game-Based Learning; Tools for Learning; STEM; and Community Lounge.
Partners exhibiting on the Microsoft Campus are:
- BFC Networks
- eMaths Master
- ITWORX Education
- LEGO Education
- Power School
- Prodigy Learning
- Think IT
- Wonder Workshop
Full details of all of the partners listed above, and what they are bringing to Bett 2018 can be found in this blog:
Elsewhere at Bett
Bett Arena Keynote: The Future of Digital Learning - Anthony Salcito
Technology has changed the way we all learn. Our schools and learning environments have greater potential to empower every student to learn at their own pace, in their own way, with insights driving a more personal connection. This session will share insights into 'what's ahead for the Class of 2030'. We'll also share how data, machine learning and artificial intelligence will power the future of personalised and predictive learning environments and empower educators and schools to shift the dynamics of the traditional school and classroom. The era of automation is winding down the time for true transformation is upon us.
Head over to the Bett Arena on Wednesday 24th January between 15:00-16:15 to hear from Anthony, as well as some special guests.
Microsoft IT and Partner Boot Camps
In addition to those exhibiting on the stand, there is a series of Microsoft IT and Partner Bootcamp sessions running from Wednesday to Friday, tailored specifically for IT Administrators and Independent Software Vendors. Topics covered include moving into the cloud with Microsoft Education, deploying Windows 10 with Intune for Education, integrating our free API’s across Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Graph and OneNote Class Notebooks, and a special session for those using Capita SIMS.
Spaces are limited for each session, so book your place now to avoid disappointment.
Further details and timings for each session can be found here: IT and Partner Boot Camp
Prodigy Learning Microsoft Certifications
Prodigy Learning is an award-winning provider of Digital Skills and Certification Solutions for Microsoft technologies - these IT certifications deliver job-ready skills, improving employability for students and productivity for employees. As well as featuring on the Microsoft Campus at Bett 2018, Prodigy Learning will provide opportunities for visitors to earn their own industry recognised Microsoft Certifications, including:
- Microsoft Certified Educator
- Microsoft Office Specialist
- Microsoft Technology Associate
Further information on all of the certifications on offer from Prodigy Learning at Bett 2018, along with your opportunity to register a place to take the qualifications, can be found here.
Microsoft Solutions Showcase
Microsoft’s Solutions Showcase provides a great opportunity to meet with fellow leaders in education from around the globe. We’ll share real-world experience from schools and institutions working with tools that address classroom challenges and provide student-focused solutions. We will also share insight on trends and observations from the Microsoft Worldwide Education leadership team and from Microsoft’s partners driving change around the globe. Learn about Microsoft products and solutions designed specifically for education to deliver transformative outcomes.
These sessions run on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th January, and it is advised that you book a place to avoid disappointment.
Full session details and booking can be found here: Microsoft Solutions Showcase
Win with Microsoft at Bett 2018!
Together, with our global network of partners and educators, Microsoft is helping the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. Visit some of our most innovative partners to discover their unique solutions and find out how together, we can help you to achieve your goals.
To be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, collect a passport from the Microsoft Campus and a sticker from each of our partners along the way, then be at the Microsoft stand for the daily draw.
Each of our partners offer the best in future ready edtech products and solutions and with 20 partners to see, there’ll be something for everyone on this education adventure!
Beyond the Microsoft Campus
As well as the fantastic line-up of activities, speakers and workshop sessions across the Microsoft Campus, there are plenty of other highlights to be found throughout the exhibition floor. In the Schools Theatre and the Post 16 Theatre, we have partnered with some of the best in the industry to present real-life case studies, research, and insights from those who’ve been early adaptors in their fields. Topics covered in the theatres range from Digital Universities – Lessons and Learning From Higher Education Leaders, to Quantum Computing 101 – Where the World of Computing Will Be In 50 Years’ Time, and Hacking STEM – Supporting Making & Digital Creating in Every School.
View the full Bett 2018 Seminar Programme
Hacking STEM Pop-up Classroom Series
Spend Saturday learning by doing when you participate in this hands-on, interdisciplinary STEM Workshop designed by teachers for teachers. Participants will use engineering, design and computational thinking skills to build tools from everyday materials that enables visualising real time data about real world scenarios. The Hacking STEM Pop-up Classroom Series will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday the 27th in Platinum Suite 1 with FREE LUNCH provided for all attendees.
View details of the sessions and book your place here: Hacking STEM Pop-up Classroom Series
From all of us here at Microsoft Education, we hope you have a productive visit to Bett 2018, and we look forward to welcoming you onto the stand.