Mark Taylor shares everything EdTech with conversations from those speaking, attending and exhibiting live from the Bett Show in London 24th March 2022.
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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.
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.
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
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
The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them.
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