Above all this benefits it was nice to be with someone from my own school. We are on the same track, but as it was his first visit to the Bett, he was more surprised then me.
This year I took more time to listen then to watch. All the screens, active floors, 3D printers and robots had not my interest. This stuff is about selling products and I was there to hear the stories of schools and their struggle to implement technology in the classroom. The stories about staff who got more power through professional development and the impact on the students. Some highlights:
- focus on a couple of things and do that VERY good!
- get your staff on board by leading by example!
- User first and empower the teacher!
- Invest in an app/digital tool, does it not deliver the best outcome: delete it!
- Learning and teaching policy should be side by side with IT policy. (or make it 1 policy!)
- Teach the young ones HOW-TO use the internet.
- Learn together! (students with each other, students with staff, staff with each other!)
- Engage students by hearing their voice, ask feedback!
- PD-activities can look very different: how about a pancake meeting on friday morning?
- NEVER forget pedagogy!
- Computational thinking is teaching the students to be curious and how to be an explorer.
- professional development is key.
- Self esteem is key! for your pupils/students but especially for your staff.
- Don't sit down and wait for *fill in what ever you want* to help you.
- What is [non-negotiable] in your school?
This was definitely the best part of Bett_show 2018. The software solution which i'm more interested in is Teacher Dashboard 365 so I will look into that.
I made clips from the stands I visit. Day 1 and Day 2
It was great to meet some of the ADE's irl which I known from Twitter.
Next year I will be back for more inspirational stories and maybe a bit of software/technology.