Careers, economies and societies are changing at a rapid pace, and technology is a key driver of many of these changes. With life now so heavily influenced by online and digital experience, it means that the way we create, consume and share information has shifted dramatically in a short space of time.
Educators are now tasked with teaching a generation of children who relate to the world through touchscreens, smartphones and social media. Popular estimates, meanwhile, suggest the jobs that 65% of children entering primary school today will work in don’t even exist yet – a statistic that’s exciting and creates new challenges.
The task of helping to prepare students for a world that we know so little about is considerable, but there are some inspiring stories that cut through the mass of information out there on the use of technology in education, and Bett has become the platform for those voices. The event and the community around it help to demystify the education technology landscape, bringing all those who are passionate about transforming education into the conversation.
An ongoing conversation
Bett 2019 will shine a light on some of the exciting developments in technology that could have a significant impact on the way we approach education. Companies are now starting to fully explore the potential of game-changing innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and tech-powered adaptive learning solutions. But, just as we didn’t know that the computer would go on to revolutionise most industries back in the ’80s, we don’t know to what degree these latest technologies will change the face of education. We do, however, know that teachers are getting involved in the conversation, the exploration and the creation of these solutions, to find out how technology can work for their students and to inform the development of what comes next.
What to expect at Bett 2019
Over 800 suppliers will be showcasing their latest products across four days at Bett 2019, offering visitors the opportunity to touch, test and evaluate vital resources. From global technology giants to non-tech companies, well-established solutions and hardware providers, to exciting edtech start-ups.
The opportunity to trial and test products is perhaps one of the most valuable features of Bett, particularly when purchases need to demonstrate clear value to schools for whom return on investment and future-proofing the education offering are crucial. One of the key benefits of time spent at the show is the opportunity to meet other education professionals and likeminded individuals. These opportunities enable visitors to find out more about the practicalities and realities of meeting their students’ needs. It also allows them to build meaningful relationships with other schools amongst the thriving Bett community.
The wide range of resources on offer is complemented by inspirational content addressing the priorities, opportunities and challenges in education. Bett’s mission is to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies, so that educators and learners can fulfil their potential. The community of educators and innovators that attend each year are bringing the future of learning to life, with all its excitement and vibrancy. These conversations will help educators not just imagine the upcoming careers of their students, but really get to grips with how to prepare them for a very different world. Everyone has a role to play in transforming education, and Bett provides the world’s largest platform for the education community to come together and make a real difference to the future of education.
Bett 2019 will run from 23–26 January 2019 at ExCeL, London. To find out more about the programme of content and to register for your free pass, visit: www.bettshow.com.