Its All Visual At BETT 2011
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The great Professor Stephen Heppell once again brings something unique and thought provoking to BETT 2011. In the Visual Learning area sponsored by Impleo, Stephen will be looking at 3 key themes: Revision, Transition and Girls & Science. The area will demonstrate how visual technology can improve learning. The content has been developed by students at Lampton School, Hounslow, who are on stand J30 for the duration of BETT.
Prof. Stephen Heppell says: “Many children still spend hours copying work directly from the board, an extremely ineffective process that limits opportunity for learners to contextualise topics. Providing images and visuals on the other hand, is a great way for learners to really engage with the learning content and truly think about what it is they are seeing before them.”
In the revision area Year 11 students will be showing visitors how they map revision notes and how they create short film trailers to help them remember all they need for their exams!
Year 11 students will be working with year 7 students on big transitions that they have made in their lives, and there is also the possibility of children being ‘beamed in’ live from Cornwall over Skype, enabling the two groups to interact with one another.
Then in the final area year 11 girls will be working with year 7’s to help them get involved in physics, build each others’ confidence and help them realise how great they actually are at it! At school, a physics club has ensured Year 11 girls are at the centre of experiments to help them understand the subject and then explain the theory to others – this has been a starting point for a two day physics project to be held at BETT 2011.
Impleo, a consultancy and installations provider within the Education, Wireless and Location Based Solutions sectors, is on hand to demonstrate the concept of Visual Learning through the use of high end innovative AV technologies. Mike Fry, head of AV, says: “Impleo is delighted to be working with Prof. Heppell to deliver the Central Feature at BETT 2011. We are perfectly placed to showcase pioneering solutions to complement the three key areas of discussion.”
Debbie French, event director for BETT comments: “As the world’s largest technology in education event, we work hard to bring the best possible experience to visitors looking for the most innovative technologies and teaching practices. We are therefore fortunate to have such an esteemed figure as Prof. Heppell on board to help create our Central Feature area. Cost effectiveness is also very important in the current climate, and we want to show educators that this kind of teaching can be achieved without a very large budget.
“Alongside Prof. Heppell, Lampton School students have had a real input into the ideas, design and overall concept for the feature. This will give visitors an idea of the areas and challenges that children see technology being of most benefit.”
The Visual Learning Area is at stand J30 at BETT 2011.