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The Writing On The Wall At Bett 2015 And Learning Analytics

Bett-blogThe madness and the post madness of BETT 2015 finally finished and it is time for me to reflect on what I had seen this year.  The Impero stand was a massive success and we had some good comments from people both over the stand and also the software.

It Is All About Learning Analytics

I always try and look at what the emerging theme is among the stands. This year it was learning analytics and adaptive learning. While Capita have had Sims Discovery and SISRA has had its range of products for a while. It seems a number of other people are entering this market. Such as Education4Sight based out of Germany (who were in the BETT Futures zone), EduClever based in Franze and  CCKFs RealizeIT based out of Dublin. Even giants like Intel are getting in on the act with its Kno platform.

Even the recent Horizon reports have highlighted that learning analytics  and adaptive learning is going to be a significant area. Sadly working on a stand at BETT you don’t get to see much of the show. One seminar I would have liked to attend was a session by Doug Clow on introducing learning analytics if like me you missed it there is a good run down here on the LACE website.

The Writing Is On The Wall For Education

20150123_093918_editThe BETT Arena wall once again hosted a graffiti whiteboard that had artists designing visitor comments on it based on questions around education.   I love idea of whiteboard walls and if I ever created a new a classroom the walls would be painted with whiteboard paint.  I took this photo on Friday morning before the show opened however the BETT Show website has the completed board from the end of the show on Saturday.

The one thing impressed me about the content of the wall was the lack of discussion about technology and the focus on ‘bigger picture’ ideas. This different ‘blue sky’ approach to technology is something myself and others have said for many years.It shows that we have finally moved away from this focus on what technology can do but instead looking at how the technology is used. It shows that we have finally moved away from this focus on what technology can do but instead looking at how the technology is used.


Impero Life Update: BETT 2015 Edition Mobile, selfies and doughnuts

Mobile DevicesIt is time for what has become my annual post discussing the BETT 2015 show. As in the previous three years I am on the Impero stand again. This year for Impero it’s all about our mobile offerings with us showcasing new Chromebook and IOS versions as well new mobile interface for YouID.

In Education Pro a few months back we released our new real-time viewing on the IOS. We are also bringing our new Chromebook application which includes our AD integration.   It will allow people using Chromebooks to authenticate against your active directory and then get the appropriate Impero policies for that active directory user. Also the Chromebook application will allow you to remote control Chromebook devices, block websites, send messages or chat sessions and much more.

As well as the Chromebook we are showing our new browser extensions which allow us a greater flexibility for Firefox, Chrome browser, Opera and Safari for OSX.  We are continuing to develop on the IOS and I might have to see if I can sneak out some of the up and coming work on IOS platform.

YouID continues to go from strength to strength over the last 12 months we released a number of new features such as Self Service Password Reset, Account management tools, UX redesigns and bug fixes.  At the BETT show we are also releasing the first incarnation of the YouID mobile interface which will allow you to use YouID from mobile devices.

Impero Remote Manager continues to grow and we are taking the Impero Admin tools for IRM that includes some of the old classics from Education Pro but with an added twist as well as some brand new admin tools.

DoughnutsOn the stand we have a number of things happening such as doughnuts.. we have lots of doughnuts. If you  come and get a demo then you will get Impero goody bag which include the Impero travel mug. We also have a selfie station on our stand in January. We want you to snap yourself at our selfie station and tweet us your selfies throughout the show to @ImperoSoftware. For every photograph you tweet, Impero will donate money to Childnet, a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a safe place for young people.

As you can see there is a lot happening on Impero stand at BETT so please do come and visit us on stand D286.

Be Brilliant Every Day A Simple Book Packed With Information

Give Me The Basics – Be Brilliant Every Day A Simple Book Packed With Information

Head shot of Andy Cope

Author Andy Cope

Be Brilliant Every Day is the follow-up book to Andy Cope and Andy Whittaker to their previous outing The Art of Being Brilliant.  The books like previous books offer a great introduction to positive psychology making sure that it can be understood by lots of people. However this book is more about tinkering your actions to have a more positive approach to life.

What Do You Like – Its Fun & Easy Going Style

The book that tries not to take itself too seriously and is written in fun and easy going style. The one thing I have always liked about the Brilliant Series books is the fact you can pick them up they provide a confidence or positivity boost. A simple book packed with lots of information

I’ve always admired the two Andys as it was Andy Cope who introduced me to the world of positive psychology after he ran a session at my work a few years back. The book works well as it less about positive thinking and more about why we act in certain ways

Give Me The Lowdown On One Concept From The Book – Not Self-improvement But Self-remembering

The book is not about teaching you something new but reminding you what the little voice in your head says to you.  The book is less about self-improvement and more about self-remembering. It is about remembering that you are brilliant you just need “start being brilliant a bit more”.

Headshot of Andy Whittaker

Author Of Andy Whittaker

Give Me One Quote From The Book – Call Me The Tinker Man

A quote that I like is about the Tinker Man. I like this quote as I am the kind of person that always tries and tinkers with the way I approach things to improve my process and workflow.

“Chelsea Football Club used to have a manager called Claudio Ranieri, affectionately known as ‘The Tinker Man’. He kept tweaking the team, looking for small improvements.

And I guess this book is similar. It’s for the tinkerers – the ones who dare to tweak and change things about themselves in the quest to be better. It’s also for those who’ve read other personal development books and found them too earnest, difficult, pious or simple. It’s for those who want to seize the moment, who are not afraid of hard work and who refuse to snuggle down on the wonderfully inviting bed of excuses”

What Do You Rate The Book?

5 Stars – 

Do not be put off as it is about positive psychology. Positive psychology both in your home life but also in your workplace has been proven to have a positive benefit. Not only to yourself and your team but also the company you work for. As previously said a simple book packed with lots of information.

Be Brilliant Every Day Book Cover Be Brilliant Every Day
Andy Cope and Andy Whittaker