The Writing Is 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<em>093918</em>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.

Russell Dyas

 I am a technologist.. I am a geek.. Who has a passion for providing honest advice, sharing resources and connecting people and ideas together. Currently working for Rencore.