In January this year, the DES team were immersed in digital stand alone and online content at the BETT 2014 Conference in London. The content covered primary, secondary and higher education, as well as workplace learning and development. BETT 2014 had more content than ever before. With a jam-packed programme, 3 bespoke CPD accredited Summits, 6 Learn Live theatres and a whole host of networking and fringe activity.
DES favourites Busythings, 10 Monkeys, Oddizzi, Langaroo, Literacy Planet and Ransom had new content available for interactive demonstrations, and we also had the opportunity to contract many great new resources that reinforce the value of storytelling to engage readers and learners of all ages.
The speed learning sessions were effective. Each session of eight tables started with an ‘expert’ introduction of 10 minutes. A team leader managed each table with all participants moving every 10 minutes. Topics varied from the use of VideoScribe as a workplace learning tool to raising standards in writing. There were ‘takeaways’ to review further rather than in-depth outcomes from the two sessions per day.
The importance of social tools for learning came out of many sessions and the effectiveness of Twitter to ‘learn the new’ was highlighted. Additional BETT Summit sessions had a strong focus on behavioural change, content curation tools and reinforcing the ‘network as more important than the node’.
Every minute of the conference was valuable, whether engaging with interactive content or just having the opportunity to actively listen. We look forward to sharing some of our new online resources with you in the near future.