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Visit to be among the first to know what we are premiering at stand C76BETT Update sponsored byCONTENTS6812162026303842464955BESA ICT UpdateNew for 2012New Worlds of LearningLearn LiveEducation Leaders at BETTUpdate on Early YearsCore SubjectsUpdate on FE & HEUpdate on SENTerry Freedman ICT UpdateNew Products at BETTExhibitors at BETT 2012How the 'technological innovations we are racing to keep up with can help us along the way'.The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) is the education sector's trade association, which works with the Government, schools and suppliers to ensure the sector's standards are always optimised.The past year has brought a 'whole new world' to the teaching profession, which has resulted in teachers and school leaders striving to understand the new challenges and to optimise their school's opportunities with the budgets available. The removal of ring-fenced funding for ICT originally brought into question the Government's commitment to ICT in education. Given how thoroughly technology underpins business, it is fair to expect its place in education to be assured, but many had feared that the Government's move to more traditional teaching methods would be at the expense of technology. However, the recent appointment of Vanessa Pittard to head the Government's ICT strategy seems to indicate the Department's recognition of the benefits that ICT can offer, to pupils and teachers alike. In recent months, Gove has touched on the subject more deeply, stating is his recent speech on maths and science to the Royal Society that there is a need to "look at the way the very technological innovations we are racing to keep up with can help us along the way. We need to change curricula, tests and teaching to keep up with technology, and technology itself is changing curricula, tests, and teaching."While our recent ICT in UK State Schools research revealed that 52% of primary schools and 59% of secondary schools are not aware of any current Government policy for ICT in schools, the important message is that schools shouldn't wait for any policy on ICT. The funding is no longer ring fenced and schools have the freedom to spend their budgets how they wish. What is important is that with over 50% of schools stating that over 50% of teaching time is spent using technology, schools must continue to invest to avoid a digital divide.Technology has become so ingrained in our student's lives and in their future careers that, with or without ring-fenced funding, schools' commitments to investment in new technologies must remain strong. BETT's increasingly popular and valued CPD programme is the ideal platform for visitors to soak up the information and guidance provided. Coupled with this, the unique nature of our exhibitors means that advice is always on offer on the show floor, and of course members of the BESA team run the BESA Information Point to answer any queries you may have either about your concerns or the show. The investment in time by coming to BETT will surely result in real value for money. We look forward to seeing you there.Ray Barker, BESARegister for free entry at Priority code: UPDATE

Visit to be among the first to know what we are premiering at stand C76BETT Update sponsored byWith BETT 2012 approaching it appears 'Learning anywhere' is no longer a buzzword or an unrealistic expectation for any educational establishment. With recent advances in mobile technology coupled with a fall in prices, staff and pupils can now access network services no matter where they are or what device they are using. Some at Microsoft have called this the 'consumerisation' of technology, with many schools and colleges now introducing 'bring your own technology' schemes allowing students to take their own laptops and tablets into lessons, or allowing staff to choose just what pieces of technology they require to teach lessons effectively. Tying these together securely is not as impossible as it was several years ago, with establishments now moving to high capacity managed wireless networks with high speed internet connections. This, when combined with onsite internet monitoring and filtering and modern network management tools, gives schools the opportunity to keep the network secure while supporting as many devices as possible. Also with modern server virtualisation even the smallest schools can now do more with less. Now you can host your email, MIS, VLE and staff/student areas on fewer physical servers. This results in less power consumption as well as having greater reliability and redundancy with a system that's easier to backup. Modern learning environments are becoming more mobile with laptops and tablets now replacing larger desktop computers, which can enable staff and students to study and work no matter where they may be. Whether at school, at home or on school trips, your school resources can be accessible anywhere and at any time.All of this though does require the right amount of planning and investment in network infrastructure and software to ensure everyone truly experiences the best access. Only a few years ago if a school wanted to provide this sort of system you would have to do large amounts of the work and planning in house. Now however, more and more companies have the ability to assist in the planning from rolling out reliable, secure wireless to a VLE that supports any and all devices all without breaking the bank or the DPA act.BETT presents an opportunity for you and your school to get out there and ask what solutions companies can provide to meet the changing field of technology use in your school. Bring your own technology may not be the best solution for your school but it's worth looking at the solutions available and as always you can come along and visit EduGeek for impartial advice and guidance.Shaun Garriock, Edugeek, Online Peer Support Community'Learning anywhere' is no longer unrealisticThe Online Peer Support Community for IT ProfessionalThe IT Professionals' life lineThe IT Professionals'