I enjoyed BETT last week, it was lively, informative, some great talks and free sweets. What's not to love!
Well the lack of teachers was a little disheartening. I only found one stall which involved a tool made by teachers and run by teachers and they had been put in a corner where the wifi didn't work!
The most noticeable part of BETT was the presence of the MEGA systems, schools can spend enormous amounts of money committing to systems which claim that they will revolutionise teaching through analytics's.
Having worked in a very 'on it', school for over a decade I know how these systems will be received by staff, I have an idea how they will be implemented and have seen targeted interventions work. In the right hands, with the staffs will behind them these tools could work wonders. BUT...... its a very big commitment and hinges on a fair few ifs. I have seen a LOT of these initiatives binned after a couple of years as they are just too complex and require massive data entry from teachers who resent the process.
A single game based app, costing the school a few pounds with inbuilt whole class assessment is much less risk. Educational games on touch devices can much more engaging for the kids and can have very friendly user experience for the teachers and kids alike. It should also save the teacher marking time which frees them up to have more energy for the kids. As educators we want to make things that work for the kids and teachers rather than create work for the kids and teachers. MadeByEducators