London: Education secretary Michael Gove opened BETT 2014 by saying that the new computing curriculum, due to be introduced in September, was built “from the bottom up” by academics because government departments would not be able to keep up with the rapid pace of technology.
He said: “Nothing has a shorter life span than the cutting edge. How can departments regulate policy if they can’t keep up with such speed?”
He went on to say that the previous ICT curriculum was out of date and so slow to keep up with industry changes that it was “about as useful as teaching children to Telex or travel in a Zeppelin”.
The BETT Show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is the global meeting place for the education technology community and is one of the world’s leading learning technology events, bringing together 35,000 educators and learning professionals every January.
Lord Nair Ahmed also attended the show and distributed educational awards among talented young professional of modern technology. He said, UK and global education systems need to be open, creative and adaptive. He praised the education technology exhibited at BETT 2014.
Other speakers at the event included Dr Leslie Atkinson, director of digital literacy at Bridlington School, who spoke about how paperless schools were now a reality and Lewis Wiltshire, director of media partnerships at Twitter, who explored how Twitter could be used as an educational tool. Other experts looked at innovative classroom design and the impact of implementing a 1:1 tablet programme.
Beamz Interactive, Inc. introduced its latest Beamz Education and Healthcare controller product line, which allows children of all ages and abilities to experience the fun and excitement of creating interactive music by moving their hands through laser beams. The Beamz interactive music system is currently used in hundreds of special education classrooms, pull-out rooms and OT and PT settings to teach skills including cause and effect, directionality, sequencing, fine and gross motor skills, common core subjects and more.