The topography of teaching is changing. No matter how traditional we are in our views with regard to how learning takes place, there is no denying that the rise of technology is changing how things are done at a phenomenal rate.
It doesn’t feel like that long ago that overhead projectors were the pinnacle of classroom technology (well, it was a while ago but it doesn’t feel like long ago… that’s what I tell myself anyway!)
Technology has, and will continue, to sculpt learning, and it seems that as the world progresses, we as educators need to be adaptable with our practice to ensure that young people are equipped and ready to deal with the modern world.
The rapid advancements in technology also leave endless possibilities with regard to developing how we teach too.
From A.I. to robotics, technology is becoming more affordable and realistic, meaning we can feasibly have the opportunity to get more into schools. Topically and pedagogically, technology can have significant impacts on the quality of education and the quality of teaching in a school.
The question is, how do we get teachers skilled up on what is available and how to use it? It is difficult, especially in smaller schools, to have the expertise to effectively integrate new technology into teaching.
Ensuring that your practice is as effective as possible is one thing, but technology can have seriously positive impacts on teacher workload too.
It is no secret that one of the main contributors to teachers leaving the profession is the level of work that teaching brings – there are so many different aspects of EdTech that can drastically reduce how much teachers have to do with regard to menial tasks, giving them more time to do what they do best: teach.
But it isn’t that simple. Knowing what is available, how it works, how it can benefit your school, and most importantly, whether you need certain pieces of technology, can mean that this area is often something that can quickly become overwhelming.
If you are looking to spend, you often want more than just a webpage and a YouTube video before you part with your money – you want to talk to the creators and you want to see the technology in action.
The world’s biggest EdTech event
From 24–26 January 2024, Bett UK is back at the ExCel, London for the world’s biggest week in education.
Bett UK is a unique and powerful resource for the education sector. Bett delivers real impact by bringing together educators, policymakers, EdTechs, and industry changemakers to connect and collaborate – the perfect opportunity to diversify your schools offer with regard to technology.
Bett is the biggest EdTech event in the world and attracts 600+ tech companies, 30,000 attendees from 120+ countries, with world-class keynote speakers such as Andreas Schleicher, Namya Joshi, Dan Fitzpatrick, and the one and only Louis Theroux. It really is the teacher tech spectacle of the year.
Keeping up with technology in the classroom can be tediously difficult, especially when things are so busy day to day.
Bett’s mission is clear: to change the game for education worldwide by equipping education institutions and governments with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective users and buyers of technology.
Bett aims to inform schools about how technology can be utilised to allow teachers and leaders to make informed decisions about how technology can benefit them.
The show boasts networking opportunities through Table Talks, bringing together individuals from schools, universities and governments based on their primary topics of interest.
We know how powerful it is when fellow educators come together to discuss their shared experiences, challenges and opportunities, and this is just one of the opportunities for networking.
Along with this, there are Tech User Labs where you can learn how to get the most out of your current technology from world-leading EdTech experts in tutorials and working groups based on your primary interests.
If you have responsibility for acquiring at your school, you have the opportunity to take a deep dive into becoming better buyers, users, and implementers of technology within education.
We all know that for change to happen, there needs to be a spark. Bett 2024 can be that catalyst you are looking for to instigate change in your school.