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BETT 2016 Highlights Part 1: STEM and Social Media


The BETT Show—formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show—is an annual trade show in the United Kingdom showcasing the use of information technology in education. This year it was a unique experience, comprising four days of education technology innovations and inspirations from around the world.  Continue reading

BETT 2014 Conference Highlights


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.


BETT 2013 Lifelong Learning

BETT 2013 Lifelong Learning
The DES focus at BETT 2013 was ‘Lifelong Learning’. Our team started from early on day one to explore online, educational and special needs exhibitors integrated with all technologies.
Highlights for us included:
Early Years World – Already available from DES
A new, innovative collection of interactive computer activities for 2 – 6 year olds designed for nursery settings, child minders and home users. It is exceptionally easy to use with 56 mini-adventures and over 160 activities divided into age ranges and levels of difficulty. Activities get progressively more skilful whilst ensuring the child’s continued confidence as their IT skills are nurtured.

Zu 3D
Zu 3D gives children (and adults) of all ages the freedom to create amazing animated films quickly and easily, in school and at home. It combines an intuitive interface with stunningly powerful features to provide an educational and fun user experience.
Oddizzi – BETT award winner 2012
Oddizzi was awarded a BETT award for Primary Digital Content in January 2012. It is a refreshingly different multimedia children’s resource; it has a depth and variety of content that allows children to explore, read, watch, listen, contribute, play and connect together. Oddizzi’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it focuses on one area of learning and delivers this in a number of ways. It is a “one-stop-shop” for world learning which means that users don’t have to switch between resources with varying levels of quality and content or that have been developed for a broader audience and not just children.
Little Bridge World – BETT 2013 finalist
Children learn English with the interactive activities in the Little Bridge School. They can:
-       Create a DigiPal character and customise rooms. This is where children will store rewards and trophies that they collect as they improve in English
-       Take care of Domino, the virtual pet! Teach him tricks, take him to dog shows and more…
-       Play games in the Castle
-       See how English really works in the Grammar Factory
-       Meet the DigiPals – a fantastic series of readers featuring the Little Bridge characters. Books and apps available
-       Make friends around the world and practise English with DigiTalk

Keep an eye out for more info on these titles as we endeavour to introduce them to our catalogue in 2013. 

We were also excited to hear about the plans to make online resources mobile. Tablet, ipad and iphone apps are all in the pipeline if not already live for many of our resources.

We were extremely happy for Busythings as they collected their second BETT Early Years Digital Content Award.  Amazing achievement.
We loved Rising Stars eBook Library collections on iPads and the new series for reluctant older readers from Ransom.
The quirky online comics are popular and we are impressed with the new range of online resources within the Digitales Darkcloud Collection.‘Learn Life’ seminar programs continued the lifelong lerning theme with a new series for 2013 on Workplace Learning.
The DES team continues to trial new content from early learning including great new language options.

We look forward to bringing you a diverse range of content in 2013.

BETT 2012

A great event this year showcasing digital technology to enhance learning.

The highlight was catching up with Busythings developers to trial even more add ons

Therese and Edward with Rachael from Busythings at BETT 2012

We went to workshops, visited new and old colleagues, listened and questioned each day including reviewing the content at Storyphones

Other highlights included visits to Language nut and Eurotalk.
So much more to come ……