#263 – Digital Transformation: Connecting at Bett
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What’s in this episode?
Looking ahead to this year’s UK show, Professor Rose Luckin and the EdTech Podcast explore the world of Bett and its upcoming digital transformation.
The Connecting at Bett Series explores the promise and potential in the UK’s largest education and technology trade show, asking what developers provide, what teachers and learners demand, and why data, evidence, and digital transformation are key to unlocking the future of education.
The next Bett is being billed as the best Bett ever. It’s always an important date on the education calendar, but what will make this one different? Hear what Bett is doing differently, why it’s important, and what they’ll be doing to measure whether or not it works. Here’s a hint: it’s all about the data.
Talking points and questions in the episode:
- Digital transformation and institutional motivation to change
- Partnering with Bett, and those outcomes
- Desire of companies in the EdTech space from Bett but also from the changes to the conversations happening across the landscape
- Collecting and measuring data at the show – for what purpose? What is gathered and how?
- Whether Bett as industry leader should do more for those most marginalised communities that may suffer from device poverty, or poor home wifi, or whether all schools can benefit from Bett
- EdTech evolution – what’s on the horizon, in terms of tech, trends, and talking points?
- Louisa Hunter – Portfolio Director, Bett
Louisa leads Bett’s global portfolio of EdTech events. Louisa has worked with Bett and its strategic partners for the past eight years, facilitating connections and collaboration between governments, education institutions and EdTechs, driving impact in the sector. She is announcing the most significant change to Bett in its 37-year history. Starting with 2023, Bett is transforming the way everyone in the Bett community connects and collaborates, by launching a new, large-scale meetings programme called Connect @ Bett. This is a tech-enabled meetings programme that will drive more meaningful conversations between education buyers and EdTech solution providers than ever before. The new programme will be at heart of the entire Bett experience.
- Social Media – LinkedIn
Joseph South, Chief Learning Officer, ISTE
Joseph South, chief learning officer, is a strategic national educational technology leader focused on evidence-based learning transformation. He formerly served as the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. In his role at the department, he was an adviser to the Secretary of Education and developed national educational technology policy, formed public-private partnerships to assist state and local education leaders in transitioning to digital learning, helped school districts expand the use of openly licensed educational resources (OERs), and collaborated with stakeholders to nurture a robust ecosystem of edtech entrepreneurs and innovators.
Julia Garvey – Deputy Director General, BESA
Julia has worked in education publishing and EdTech for over 20 years, both in-house and as an external marketing consultant. She has worked for a number of BESA members over the years such as Rising Stars and GL Assessment, and alongside EdTech Exchange founder George Burgess as Marketing Lead at Gojimo. As poacher turned gamekeeper, Julia understands the needs of our suppliers and is passionate about ensuring that every company takes full advantage of the benefits of their membership.
Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL, Founder, EDUCATE Ventures Research
Rosemary (Rose) Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab. She was named one of the 20 most influential people in education in the Seldon List, 2017. Rose is Founder of EDUCATE Ventures Research Ltd., a London hub for start-ups, researchers and educators developing evidence-based educational technology. She is past president and current treasurer of the International Society for AI in Education and co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education.
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Thank you to this episode’s sponsor, the Bett Show, which is the global meeting place for the education community, taking place from 29th to 31st March this year at ExCeL London. This year, there is a deadline to register for Bett which is the 3rd March! So head on over to https://uk.bettshow.com to claim your free ticket before that deadline!
On 29-31 March 2023, Bett is back at ExCeL London for three days of inspiring content, networking and product discovery from our solution providers. We spark ideas, create connections and accelerate trade, driving impact and improving outcomes for teachers and learners.
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