Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

BETT 2016 - takeaways for teachers

If you missed out on a trip to Bett this year, don't worry as Texthelp have brought back some great takeaways

Posted by Hannah Oakman | February 08, 2016 | Events

Technology can lighten the load

A recent TES article described educational technology as “electricity - it should go unnoticed.” In the article Anne Knock from Northern Beaches Christian School in Australia describes the philosophy, “We don’t talk about electricity in education do we? People when they talk about our school, they say it is technologically advanced. Our principal was quick to see the advantages of technology and was an early adopter of it. But in essence, technology is invisible now. Just like electricity, it’s there, it’s an enabler, it makes the connections work.”

This is a sentiment that’s been reiterated by Nicky Morgan, MP too. She started lots of conversations about how the Ed Tech embedded into classrooms can lighten the load for our nation’s teachers; technology is supposed to complement the work you do, not replace you or cause more work/stress. If you’re too busy to implement Edtech in the classroom, why not hand the reins over to the pupils and set up a peer mentoring scheme?

The future of literacy and education

Another hot topic at BETT this year was the future of literacy in Education. We’re all aware of the falling literacy standards in the UK right now but what’s being done to help? Lots of presenters at BETT were discussing how the curriculum should be altered to  focus on teaching comprehension, communication and computation rather than reading, writing and arithmetic to prepare students for the offices of today and their future careers. But how will this help with good old fashioned literacy? Today’s pupils will still need to focus on traditional reading and writing. And what about those who struggle with this? Will they be left behind? What we do know is this; no matter what the future of the curriculum is, with experienced teaching staff and a wealth of ed tech out there, these issues can be tackled head on.

One size fits all education doesn’t work

Bett’s keynote speaker Dan Haesler commented on how a “1 size fits all” approach to education doesn’t necessarily work and can be detrimental to the emotional well-being of pupils in schools up and down the country. Here at Texthelp, we’d tend to agree with this. We know your pupils all learn differently, that why Ed Tech is a great way of involving all learning styles in the classroom. Whether it be with Text-to-speech software for your auditory learners, picture dictionaries for visual learners and mind mapping for the kinesthetic learners in the class. There’s lots of tools out there to ensure everyone in your class learns in a style they’re comfortable with.

It’s a global thing

There was a focus on connecting global learners and educators at BETT this year. In times where we’ve got lots more access to connect with peers worldwide, it’s important to have lots of arenas to share ideas and learnings; BETT is great representation of this. When EdTech really takes a hold in the UK, there’s lots of best practice examples in other countries, such as USA and Canada as well as Australia that educators will be able to look to for inspiration. If you’d like to share your ed tech experiences with other Educators, why not join our Teacher community?

For more information visit






Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

Related stories

BESA in conversation with WCBS

Northern lights: the very best of Scandi edtech

The efficiency and effectiveness of explainer videos

Edtech UK Global Summit

UCISA IG17 Conference kicks off in Bristol

Students frustrated with lack of tech training

Future tense: where's literacy heading next?

The new school approach: The impact of edtech on the network

Effective edtech needs to facilitate high-quality teaching

The August/September issue of Education Technology is here!

Market place - view all

Meru networks

Meru began with a vision that sooner rather than later most enterpr...


Whether you're looking to solve dining space problems to get more s...


ASK4 is an industry leading provider of high-speed internet solutio...


BenQ Corporation is a Taiwanese multi-national company that sells a...


Zones Solutions and Services
We're experts in technology.

RM Education

Supplier of software, services and systems to UK education