BETTer than ever ? 1

This is the first in a series of posts relating to the BETT show, which I attended on Friday and Saturday of this week.

I met several of my fellow VITAL CPD colleagues, notably Joe Dale and (finally) Steve Bunce. Also geography colleagues, notably David Rogers, Graeme Eyre and Andy Knill.
The first post is to provide a reminder of the link to my presentation for the Lean Live seminar.

Thanks to Paul Heinrich of NAACE for chairing my session. Paul had earlier launched NAACE's new KS3 ICT curriculum which is worth a look...

The presentation also saw the launch of two new sets of missions with our partners GeoVation and the Ordnance Survey.
The GeoVation missions offer a chance to win money for the school by exploring a problem related to the idea of FOOD.

From the GeoVation blog:

During a presentation at the BETT Show on Saturday 14 January Alan Parkinson from Mission:Explore will start the GeoVation challenge badge-geovationwhich will ask children to identify a food related problem in their community, think of a solution and come up with a plan for executing it.The best plans that also make use of Ordnance Survey mapping can win a slice of funding to help turn them into a reality.  Children in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 can enter by doing a series of three GeoVation missions on Mission:Explore to win a GeoVation badge and then completing and entry form.

The Ordnance Survey Missions are called SHARE THE VIEW. They are pinned to around 800 VIEWPOINTS all over the UK, and offer the chance to share your view - not necessarily just a picture of the view, but your impressions on the view...

I was pleased to be able to do the big official launch...

Finally, thanks to those people who came along to the seminar and said some kind words about it.

Special mentions to colleagues who spoke to me at the end: Louise, Gudny, Mervi, Dewang, Angela and Ricardo. I hope to be able to work with you at some point. I’ll be in touch in the next day or so via e-mail...

Further BETT posts will include more on the geographical stands which I enjoyed, and also the Teachmeet at BETT, as well as a sneak preview of what next year’s show might be like, as I took a trip over to ExCeL, which will be the venue for BETT next year.