London CLC has been at the huge edtech showcase this week having great conversations with schools about the wide range of support that we can offer in transforming learning. We share what’s caught our eye on the other stands, from the latest Chromebooks to robots and drones.
Adobe Spark goes free: Adobe Spark video has announced that it is giving away all the premium features of its Spark suite for free to all schools and has also made it easier for schools to log in and sign up. This is an amazing suite of tools that work in a browser, on a tablet or through an app.
Remote 3D printing: it’s always worth having a wander through the quieter and smaller stands to find little gems that aren’t in the main areas. We found a brilliant 3D printer that you can print to remotely from an app and it even has a camera so that you can remotely monitor your work. Leave something printing overnight in school and you can check the progress overnight!
Robots and drones: for fans of this tech, there really is an incredible choice on display. In particular, check out the Lego stand and Parrot who do some great mini-drones that can be programmed with an iPad.
Nearpod: Christian’s favourite app at BETT so far is Nearpod. It’s a very versatile app that allows you to make meaningful use of your devices in the classroom. It works well on iPads but is completely cross-platform and will also work in a browser or other tablets. It lets the teacher present to pupil devices instead of the board and share a range of exciting content with them including a bank of virtual reality scenes. It will also enable you to assess pupils.
Little bits: Microbit education has a fascinating stand showing you all of the great things that you can do with this tiny computer.
Chromebook improvements: Google has a great stand and it is sharing how its new Chromebook has a range of built-in sensors that can log data, giving the machine more of the functionality you’d expect to find in the iPads.
BETT awards: congratulations to all of this year’s BETT award winners and especially Link2ICT, the winners in the service and support category in which we were finalists. We had a great time at the ceremony!
Tinybop: Peter was pleased to see that the beautifully crafted content from the well-established Tinybop series of apps is now available to those without devices through their new online content portal – with a BETT special offer for subscribers (tinybop.com). If you haven’t see the apps or the breadth of coverage, take a glance, as one or more might just be a perfect match for one of those hard to resource topics (ages 4 upwards).
Meet us at BETT for expert, impartial advice
There’s still time to come and see us at stand G102. If you are looking for some inspiration or a specific piece of kit, or want to ask questions or have a chat about CLC services, we’d love to meet you. We’ll be on hand and happy to share our expertise with you. Just pitch up at the stand or let James know and we’ll sort out a meeting place – email email@example.com. Not at BETT? Follow us on twitter @LdnCLC to get the highlights.
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