Published on January 22, 2014 | by bjstudent070
New Technologies are set to make learning fun
The 2014 BETT Show opened today at London’s ExCel Centre. There are over 700 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors are expected to visit over the next four days. On show are cutting edge gadgets from leading tech companies, and also some lesser-known ones.
There are robotics, eye-scanning technology aimed at helping children learn to read, and even a tablet for the floor! One such product uses a projector installed in the ceiling which connects to a life-size touchscreen on the ground. When I arrived there were some children, and more than a few adults enjoying the memory games that can be played on the device. Currently only three schools in the UK have this pioneering gadget – but it’s in 100 schools in Denmark.
Education Secretary Michael Gove spoke in a packed-out arena. He said new gadgets could lead to new ways of teaching all over the world.
IT teachers came from all over the country to see what could be coming soon to the classroom. Matt, who’s the IT co-ordinator at a primary school, said there are definite benefits to using tablets such as iPads to encourage interactivity among pupils. Linda, who works with children from aged 5 up to 18, said technology’s great – but warned against students getting distracted by social media in class time.
The kids at the show were crowding around robots and tablets, with an innate knowledge of how to use everything – definitely more than the adults chaperoning them! They were incredibly enthusiastic about the gizmos, with a chorus of “It’s really cool” echoed by all.
The Bett Exhibition is on at the ExCel until 25th January.