The 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
The 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.
It 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.
On 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.