A look back at the 2017 BETT: some discoveries

Our collaborator shares discoveries made during her visit to BETT, the global digital education fair which was recently held in London.

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Our collaborator shares today some of the discoveries she made during her visit to BETT, the global digital education fair which was recently held in London.

The BETT (British Educational Training and Technology Show), a global digital education fair, was held in London from January 25 to 28. This event brought together in four days more than 800 exhibitors, 528 speakers, a number of workshops and 34,500 visitors from 138 countries!

Yesterday i shared general trends that I observed there. Here are some discoveries that caught my attention.


The STEAM Village

STEAM Village (Photo : Ninon Louise Lepage)
STEAM Village (Photo: Ninon Louise Lepage)

Thirteen companies exhibited in the space called STEAM Village, including several international companies such as Microsoft, Raspberry Pi and Discovery Education, as well as various startups.

The disciplinary “silos” tending to disappear in education, interdisciplinary learning and collaborative work were encouraged during the workshops presented in this space. Programming and robotics, augmented reality, creation of video games, virtual reality and holograms found their place there.

We were also able to discover the new magazine (Bonjour Monde), dedicated to digital teachers in Great Britain, part of the first issue of which is devoted to the legacy of Seymour Papert, who died last summer. The father of the Logo language was a true visionary. The constructivist theory of education that he defended allows us to better understand how children learn. Applying his ideas on education, creative learning, is not always easy. He advocated project-based pedagogy, encouraged children's passion for a field of work, recognized the intrinsic value of teamwork and the importance of play. He summed up the “four Ps” as follows: projects, passion, peers and play.



Pi-top au BETT 2017. (Photo : Ninon Louise Lepage)
pi-top at BETT 2017 (Photo: Ninon Louise Lepage)

pi-top is the winner of the "Edtech Start Up Company of the Year" award at BETT 2017. It is the first do-it-yourself laptop. Building this laptop allows you to understand the basic architecture of the computer. There is a modular rail on which are connected additional modules that make your computer unique. You can replace your microprocessor at the release of a new model. Worksheets, available on the company website, guide the novice step by step to allow him to design complex computer programs and equipment.

pi-top at BETT 2017 (Photo: Ninon Louise Lepage)


BBC micro: bit

Micro:Bit au BETT 2017. (Photo : Ninon Louise Lepage)
micro: bit at BETT 2017 (Photo: Ninon Louise Lepage)

Our BBC micro: bit is a programmable handheld computer featuring a motion sensor, 25 LED lights and using Bluetooth technology to interact with other digital devices and connect to the Internet. The BBC micro: bit allows you to create a thousand and one creations, ranging from robots to musical instruments. With the micro: bit, you can become a great inventor in no time! The device is the result of a partnership between ARM, Amazon, BBC, British Council, IET, Lancaster University, Microsoft, Nominet and Samsung. A BBC micro: bit is given to all grade 1 studentstime year of secondary school in Great Britain as part of the computer training program. For now, this little wonder is only available in Europe, but it will probably soon be possible to get it from your favorite computer hardware store ...



CBSecurepass is a system for controlling and managing access to the school for visitors. Its stand-alone touchscreen monitor stores visitor information in an encrypted database. The system takes the visitor's photo, notes the date and time of entry, and prints an ID card for the visitor to wear. In addition to this application, CBSecurepass can provide a complex traffic management system for visitors, students and staff.



By law, teachers and schools, just like doctors, are required to disclose cases of abuse to the Youth Protection Office. In this sense, safeguard is a digital application facilitating the transmission of files in these sad situations. Teachers can record their doubts and draw on a child's diagram the places where they see injuries or bruises. Over months or weeks, educators can accumulate the observations they need to know whether to intervene.


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Come back tomorrow for a report on a very popular conference, that of Sir Ken Robinson!


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About the Author

Ninon Louise Lepage
Ninon Louise Lepage
Ninon Louise LePage is a pedagogue and museologist who recently came out of premature retirement to be reborn as an educational designation. She has taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke in science education, in addition to working at the Canadian Heritage Information Network as a museology consultant. She also writes for our French friends at Ludomag. She also invites all interested to contact her so that she can talk about you, your students, your school and your particular experiences in digital and computer education.

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