#264 – Searching for Answers in EdTech: 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 what the show can offer to stakeholders in educational technology.
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.
Bett is a gigantic trade show, with over 30,000 people coming to East London’s ExCel Centre every year, and 600 resource and solution providers exhibiting in its massive halls. Amongst the new products, innovations, conversations and meetings, however, is the public, with that overriding question: what can I find here? This week, we invite a teacher, educational technology researcher, and founder and CEO, to answer why they return to the show year after year, and what questions they ask of the technology on display, and the predictions made in the heart of the Bett arenas.
- Why should people come to Bett, what value it is for the different stakeholders, and what it provides that you cannot get anywhere else
- How we talk about evidence at a trade show in which everyone wishes to present their very best selves and products
- What the public should be demanding and preparing for? In light of ChatGPT’s shakeup, what else is coming down the road?
- Today’s episode features discussion of the EdTech Impact ‘Buyer’s Guide for Bett 2023’, available here
- Michael Forshaw – Cofounder & CEO, EdTech Impact
Michael is on a mission to build a more transparent, trusted and connected education technology sector for all. He has been championing technology in schools for the last 17 years – 5 years running digital transformation projects, and 12 years leading his own ventures, Innovate My School and EdTech Impact. Through EdTech Impact, Michael is building the world’s largest community-driven marketplace, connecting 400k educators with trusted EdTech solutions based on their needs and contexts. Innovate My School inspires teachers and leaders with grassroots ideas from classrooms and industry. .
- Social Media – LinkedIn
Mutlu Cukurova, Associate Professor, UCL Knowledge Lab
Mutlu investigates the potential of analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to support human learning. He is particularly interested in supporting people’s ability to learn how to learn and solve complex problems collaboratively. In the big picture, my work aims to address the pressing social-educational challenge of preparing people for a future that will require a great deal more than the routine cognitive skills currently prized by many education systems. His research is interdisciplinary and encompasses research in the learning sciences, computer science, and Human-Computer Interaction. At the UCL Knowledge Lab, Mutlu manages research projects as an investigator (PI and Co-I), supervises postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, and teaches in the MA in Education and Technology programme.
- Social Media – LinkedIn
Dina Foster – PhD Student/Research Associate, UCL Knowledge Lab/EDUCATE Ventures Research
Dina is an experienced, former secondary school Deputy Head teacher and is currently a doctoral candidate at UCL with a research focus on how AI could shape assessment practices and impact upon teaching and learning. She gained her MA in Education and Technology and also holds a Master’s in Teaching, both from the Institute of Education. Dina is particularly interested in supporting school leaders with the development and implementation of successful EdTech strategy to address school priorities.
- Social Media – LinkedIn
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, the deadline to register for a free ticket for Bett has been extended to 17th 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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