The BETT London event, January 20-23, 2016, is always one of the year's highlights for Microsoft, because it brings us together with over 40,000 school leaders, educators and ministers of education from around the world. And, this year's event promises to be extra-special.
While we've always had a big presence at the show, for the first time, Microsoft is a Worldwide BETT Partner. What does that mean? With an even closer affiliation, we'll be working hand-in-hand with BETT to share and celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating.
At BETT this year, Microsoft will be participating in a wide range of activities, all designed to deliver big change and transformation in learning. In addition, the show will feature inspiring speakers and education experts who will share their insights in keynote speeches and seminars.
Here's a preview of what attendees can expect:
For all BETT Attendees
This year's BETT show features a host of speakers who are making a significant impact on global education. Attendees will hear from groundbreaking educatorSugata Mitra and from Khan Academy's Salman Khan. They'll also hear from experts on getting girls involved in STEM, using mobile technologies to support students with disabilities, and even using holograms in education.
Microsoft will be presenting a range of exciting sessions, from "1:1 with Surface at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" and "Minecraft in Education," to our own Anthony Salcito's "Long Live Learning," an overview of the ways technology is enabling new methods of teaching and learning.
And Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Showcase School leaders will be presenting sessions on OneNote Class Notebooks, using business intelligence to improve decision-making, "Inspiring a New Generation of Tech Pioneers," and more.
Showcase Schools Tours
We will be leading tours of some of Microsoft's most innovative Showcase Schools, featuring education leaders from around the globe, and schools where contemporary learning design and Microsoft's solutions converge to create the conditions where innovation flourishes.
Microsoft Certification Exams
This year, we will be offering an opportunity for teachers, students and others to take a Microsoft Certification Exam. Certifications offered include Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Certified Educator, and Microsoft Technology Associate.
For Education Leaders
Education World Forum
This internationally recognized ministerial forum brings together delegates from more than 90 countries to address economic and educational challenges, share experiences, and establish a cooperative, future-proof approach to education.
Microsoft Technology Showcase
The Education Technology Showcase will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet with peers and Microsoft technologists for networking, Q&A and conversations about technology plans in Education in their countries and establishments.
Education Leaders Briefing
Microsoft is providing a platform for global and regional leaders to discuss and design evidence-based strategies for effective education transformation. This workshop will feature discussions on holistic education reform in a digital era and for collaborative problem-solving.
If you plan to attend BETT, we hope to see you at the Microsoft exhibit, and at the many other events we're sponsoring. If you can't attend, watch this space for the updates, analysis and valuable insights we'll be sharing with the entire Microsoft Educator community.