BETT 2011 to house new Visual Learning feature
15-Dec-10by Annie Byrne
Emap Connect has revealed a new Visual Learning feature for its upcoming UK BETT Show in January. The new area is being developed by UK online education expert, Professor Stephen Heppell, and wireless education provider Impleo and will utilise technology. It will be divided into three key themes: Revision (using IPTV); Transition (with the potential for Skype); and Girls and Science (incorporating physics projects at the event). Each has been devised by students at Lampton School in Hounslow.“Many children still spend hours copying work directly from the board, an extremely ineffective process that limits opportunity for learners to contextualise topics,” Professor Stephen Heppell (pictured) explained. “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.” Scheduled seminars will also be held by gaming specialists, discussing how innovative technologies are made and their benefits to education. “We work hard to bring the best possible experience to visitors looking for the most innovative technologies and teaching practices,” said event director Debbie French. “We are therefore fortunate to have such an esteemed figure as Professor 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 this kind of teaching can be achieved without a very large budget.”The next BETT show takes place from 12-15 January at London Olympia. As well as the Visual Learning feature, next year’s event will include a new Open House @ BETT programme with a number of meetings, workshops and seminars organised by not-for-profit subject associations, teachers’ associations, organisations and networks. Emap completed its first international BETT event in Abu Dhabi in November.