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Live from Bett 2022

Mark Taylor shares everything EdTech with conversations from those speaking, attending and exhibiting live from the Bett Show in London 24th March 2022.

ViewSonic very kindly invited me to be involved with their EdTech Talks.

You can watch my conversation with Peter Claxton and Peter Godwin now.

The Role of Podcasts in Education Marketing and Education Technology | BETT 2022 EdTech Talks

Listen to my Education on Fire podcast with Peter Claxton from ViewSonic Ep 226

Prof Ger Graus OBE, Member of Bett’s Global Education Council. (05:15)

Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education, where, since March 2017, he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania.

KidZania, where children aged 4 to14 can experience the world of work through role-play, is designed to inspire and empower: “from inspiration to aspiration”. Since its inception in 1999 in Mexico City, KidZania now has a presence in 24 cities on 5 continents with plans for further developments in some 20 locations including the USA, Canada and South Africa. KidZania London is the UK’s first such educational entertainment centre.

Ger Graus has been at the heart of innovation and project development such as ‘KidZania World Online’, ‘KidZtalk’, ‘KidZania Careers Week’, ‘KidZania LitFests’; education ‘Think-Tanks’, ‘Ambassador Schools’ and independent evaluations by, amongst others the University of Cambridge, Cass Business School, Havas Helia and Ernst & Young. Based on these evaluations’ findings, Ger is now spearheading a ‘Futures Awareness’ campaign to introduce careers education into the primary phase. After all, as he frequently reminds us: “Children can only aspire to what they know exists.” Ger started at KidZania London in 2014, where he has been responsible for developing the UK-wide education strategy, including partnerships with schools, Higher Education, commercial and third sector learning partners

Alexa Joyce – Digital Transformation & Skills Director at Microsoft. (19:54)

Alexa works across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region to drive digital transformation of education institutions and digital skills development, from primary through to higher education. She focuses on enabling them to develop the skills that students need to succeed in work and life. Over the last 20 years, Alexa has worked with governments in more than 100 countries across the world in digital transformation.

She previously led the global strategy at Microsoft for engaging and support education system leaders as they evolve their institutions, and was formerly EMEA Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning, focusing on supporting national device deployments across the region. Prior to Microsoft, she worked with leading international education organizations: European Schoolnet (the network of 34 Ministries of Education in Europe), UNESCO and OECD. She’s on the advisory board of the EDUCATE incubator ed-tech startups in the UK.

Cypher Learning (31:02) offers schools and universities an online learning platform to help revolutionise and personalise hybrid education. The platform is used in hundreds of countries, supporting over 40 languages, trusted by hundreds of thousands of users.

The learning management platform, NEO, empowers teachers to deliver a seamless learning experience by making it easy to create and manage all learning activities. This includes building online classes, assessing students, enhancing collaboration, identifying knowledge gaps and tracking achievements. This system takes the best of online learning and injects it into the everyday classroom, to modernise and streamline education.

Listen to my Education on Fire podcast with founder Graham Glass Ep 244

Sparx Learning – Colin Hegarty (42:31)

Sparx is working with 2000 secondary schools to help more children to make good progress with maths. In particular, they ran a large scale pilot with 4 MATs during the 2020 lockdowns and are waiting to see if the work will be recognised with a Bett award for school collaboration. Sparx uses AI but is cautious about its use and is also a great advocate for evidence about the impact of Edtech, they’re founder members of the of EdTech Evidence Group.

jamf (53:44)

Education technology solutions for Apple. Educators need powerful, intuitive tools that serve all students — no matter who they are, how they learn or where they learn. Jamf helps schools deliver an active learning environment to everyone with iPad, Mac and Apple TV devices.

I chat to Aaron Webb – Global Senior Product Marketing Manager for Education and Suraj Mohandas – Sr. Director, Strategy, Education

Class (01:08:21)

Add teaching & learning tools to Zoom. Everything you can do in a physical classroom, you can do with Class

I chat to Matt Baker SVP Strategy International

Encyclopaedia Britannica (01:19:27)

Britannica has provided people with researched and trusted information for more than 250 years. In the current climate of the Internet being cluttered with misinformation more schools are moving to use Britannica Digital’s learning content. In addition to this Britannica has worked with Shirelands Academy Trust on a full STEAM curriculum called LaunchPacks. Britannica has also worked with the Government in Egypt and Japan on similar STEAM learning content.

I chat to Hayley Mills and we discuss:

  • Britannica’s journey from print publishing to being a must-have digital resource for students globally
  • The need for trustworthy information in this era of increasing misinformation for young people
  • How we are reaching younger audiences in creative ways such as TikTok and YouTube
  • How we are partnering with companies like Dynabook to provide a better rounded EdTech solution for schools

Show Sponsor

The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them.

Watch their Christian Schiller Lecture 2022 with Nancy Stewart

Cherishing the growth of young children: what early years education can be.

The Role of Podcasts in Education Marketing

The Role of Podcasts in Education Marketing BETT 2022 EdTech Talks


I was very kindly asked by ViewSonic to take part in their BETT Show EdTech Talks 2022 discussing podcasting in education. The recording is available for you to watch here.

Listen to my Education on Fire podcast interview with Peter Claxton – Ep 226: Digital transformation of education to find out more about how they are supporting schools.

Peter Claxton is Senior Director EdTech Solutions at ViewSonic.

Cherishing the growth of young children: what early years education can be

The NAPE Christian Schiller Lecture 2022 with Nancy Stewart.

Nancy Stewart is a consultant and writer with wide experience across early years sectors in schools, nurseries, local authority advisory service, and National Strategies where she was Senior Early Years Adviser with a central role in Every Child a Talker. Nancy provided expert advice to the 2012 review of the Early Years Foundation Stage, drawing on her interest in communication and language for thinking, as well as children’s development as self-regulating learners. Nancy co-authored Development Matters 2012, and wrote How children learn – The characteristics of effective early learning. She led development of Birth to Five Matters (2021) as Project Lead for the Early Years Coalition, and is a Vice President of Early Education.

249: A whole-school mental health platform with STEER Education

Simon Antwis is Senior Education Consultant at STEER Education. He has been a headteacher of three schools and a school inspector.

STEER Education is a whole-school mental health platform that empowers teachers to measure, track and improve the self regulation and mental wellbeing of young people.

It supports being proactive in safeguarding young people’s mental health.

STEER Education exists to prepare young people with the human skills they need to thrive in life. 

Research shows that self-regulation is a critical skill that young people need for that journey. STEER’S mission is to safeguard the mental health of the young people by teaching them to self-regulate. They do that by serving families, schools and young people themselves.

STEER provides schools with a standardised, data-driven, impact-focused approach to measure, track, and improve social-emotional health across their schools, and demonstrate a high level of proactive safeguarding.

Their tools track how every young person steers four factors of self-regulation: their self-disclosure, trust of themself, trust of others, and seeking change.

STEER schools track their young people 3 times a year, year on year, from 8 to 18, providing early mental health risk flags, and personalised action plans to guide teachers’ response. We even provide practical guidance for children’s families.


Social Media Information

Twitter @simonantwis

Resources Mentioned

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

Leadership Matters – Andy Buck

Show Sponsor

The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Find out more about their online CPD events at

Listen to Mark’s audio course 

10 Pieces of Advice You’d Like to Have as a Child

248: The importance of sleep with Ed Gorst

Edward Gorst is a secondary school science teacher who out of nowhere developed insomnia. This happened for roughly 6 months and was an extremely stressful and tough period to go through.

However he managed to fully get over his insomnia and return to being a normal sleeper. As a result he created a website to offer support to others suffering from insomnia.

This website also aims to help the wider population to sleep better and to get the best nights sleep possible. This is especially important for teachers who have stressful days and need to arrive feeling fresh everyday.

Ed offers two different services. Firstly he helps individuals improve their sleep to benefit their health, performance and wellbeing. Secondly if you are suffering from insomnia, he offers therapy to help you get out of that vicious cycle that is insomnia.

Everyone deserves and can get a good nights sleep. Listen to find out more.


Resource Mentioned

Dr Guy Meadows

Show Sponsor

The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Find out more about their online CPD events at

Listen to Mark’s audio course 

10 Pieces of Advice You’d Like to Have as a Child

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