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What's happening with educational technology in 2011? A visit to BETT

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a new take on the traditional London phone boothThe annual BETT Show, which takes place every January in London, claims to be the "world's largest education technology exhibition and trade show", with over 600 exhibitors and 100 seminars. Those who visit it are typically overwhelmed by the vast scale of the exhibition space at London-Olympia, by the big crowds, and, for lack of a better term, all of the cool stuff.  As in past years, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Education World Forum (EWF), an annual gathering of 60+ education ministers that occurs during the two days before BETT begins (the last morning of the Forum actually takes place at BETT itself), and so was able to stay on and tour the BETT exhibition space.  As in previous years, my goal was to visit every vendor and exhibitor.

In case it might be of any interest, and like I did back in 2009, I thought I would share some random impressions (ten of them, in fact) from this tour below:

From the Learning & Technology World Forum

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Big Ben was watching (image courtesy Andrew Dunn used according to its CC license, see bottom of blog post for more info) The first Learning and Technology World Forum kicked off this week in London, the successor to the invitation-only Moving Young Minds conference.  In its new incarnation, LATWF featured both public and closed ministerial-level sessions examining topics related to ICT use in education.