BETT, Better, Best?

The BETT show rolled around again this week and it was the first time in a couple of years that I have made it up there. Naturally I expected some things to have changed, more emphasis on gaming for learning and a focus on apps with any luck. As it transpired there was far less of this than I had hoped for. The number of exhibitors seems to have shrunk quite profoundly during the time I’ve been away and I was comfortably done with all I wanted to see before 2pm. There were far less in the way of small providers and niche content producers, no parliament stand for example. Of the major players Apple were conspicuous by their absence, Google seemed to be offering little new and Microsoft seemed to be offering little full stop. The major publishers had been updating their product lines with some moves into online but nothing that seemed to be game changing or ground breaking. All in all it felt like the world of online education is rather standing still and waiting for the early adopters to get the budget and seniority to push things forward. Perhaps this is a reflection of the Education Secretary’s focus on anything but the future.

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