Plain speaking

4th November 2005 at 00:00
George Cole presents his pick of the seminars for the BETT 2006 show

If you plan to attend the BETT 2005 technology show next January at Olympia, try not to miss out on one of the most useful and interesting events - the free BETT Seminars. Running alongside the exhibition, the seminars will be presented by a wide range of speakers, some international, and cover a vast number of topics.

The focus is about helping teachers use ICT to enhance teaching and learning. "There's lots of interesting stuff and BETT is dedicated to helping you continue your professional development," says Barbara Brookes, director of Educational Events, which organises the seminars. "And for the first time this year, all seminar attendees will get a CPD certificate verifying their attendance at the session."

Highlights include a BectaTES day of good ICT practice. Becta's morning event hosts the awards presentation and keynote speaker Dame Enid Bibby.

The afternoon session is the TES keynote presentation by Professor Tim Brighouse and educational consultant John Davitt on "How teachers change their practice to change the world" (Thursday January 12), followed by award-winning teachers showing how they changed their teaching. Peter Steele, headteacher of Princeville primary school in West Yorkshire (Wednesday January 11) will look at ICT as a learning tool. "It will be an overview of our six-year journey in embedding ICT in the school," he says.

A lot will be said on how his staff raised their ICT skills. And Peter will include examples of innovative uses of ICT in continual professional development.

Baldev Singh, winner of the innovation in education award at the 2004 Teachers awards, plans to examine the impact of digital learning tools in schools and beyond (Thursday January 12). "I will focus on how freely available digital tools can enhance the teaching and learning experience,"

he says "For example, in learning collaboration and how the internet can create the borderless classroom and foster cultural change through the interaction with pupils from other countries."

Angela McFarlane, professor of education at Bristol University, returns to deliver a keynote speech that describes what technology can offer personalised learning (Friday January 13).

There's a special needs seminar programme too, and on Saturday January 14, Geoffrey Busby of the British Computer Society's disability group will explain how ICT can help with inclusion. The same day, John Galloway from Tower Hamlets LEA describes how using ICT creatively can help children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. And where would Saturdays at BETT be without Professor Stephen Heppell, formerly director of the learning technology centre Ultralab and now director of learning 3K, Ireland? His speech is entitled, "We've got global technology, welcome to the global curriculum."


"Demand for the seminars is high, so we strongly recommend that you pre-book to avoid disappointment on the day," says Barbara Brookes. Here is her advice for anyone interested in attending a session.

* The booking fee is pound;11.75 (inc VAT) per person for the first session and pound;5.88 (inc VAT) for each additional session.

* Book online and receive a pound;1 discount. Visit the website

* We ask all seminar attendees to arrive and be seated at the relevant seminar room 10 minutes before the start time. Unclaimed seats will be reallocated after this time.

* If you do not wish to pre-book seminars, you can attend FREE on the day.

Simply visit the Seminar Ticket Desk as soon as you arrive to see which seats are available. The seminars are very popular and we cannot guarantee you a seat at the session of your choice without pre-booking.

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