BETT 2013, Using social media to connect educators, students and experts worldwide

My last day of BETT

Was very excited about being able to speak at BETT this year and was curious about how many might turn up on a Saturday. Don’t think I’ve ever been to BETT on a Saturday before! And considering that the DLR(train)  was under construction and that we had to walk the last 3 train stops, I was thinking not many would show up today! And I was right. It was a small crowed today compared to the last 2 days I was there. I got to listen to Stehpen Heppel and his students again, always a good experience. It is all about empowering the kids, and letting them take control.  I guess you can’t say that often enough! Eventually teachers will get it I hope. I also got to hear Tim Ryland, that was a pleasant surprise. I follow him on Twitter and he had a great show. Just sorry I didn’t get there when it started. After that I listened to Sugata Mitra. It’s been a while since I’ve heard him talk and he is always adding new research and info. I really like the Granny cloud, great idea!

bettAfter that I rushed over to Theater E to do my own presentation! Allison M Allen introduced me and she was really helpful and encouraging! Great thanks to her and those who took the time to show up and show interest in my topic “Connected educators and connected students”! I think it was a pretty good crowd considering, and it was a great experience to be able to speak at BETT. Hopefully it will result in connections with more educators from different parts of the world! Please contact me and comment if you would like to connect your students! It is great fun to be able to learn from other teachers! Remember that kids can learn on their own if they are motivated. Real authentic tasks is a lot more motivating then answering questions in a book! It really isn’t that difficult and it is free as well. You don’t have to buy software or more hardware! Here is my presentation: Using social media to connect Bett 2003


  1. My favorite part of this blog is “It is all about empowering the kids, and letting them take control. I guess you can’t say that often enough! Eventually teachers will get it I hope.” It’s awesome when a teacher (with the use of technology) is a leader/facilitator in the classroom. This is something I hope to implement into classroom next fall.


  2. I have been reading your blog for some months now. It has inspired me not only in my work as a teacher but even to become a blogger myself ( I made a warm recommendation of your blog in my latest post just now.


  3. You gave me so much food for thought Ann. I hope your journey back was better – we got stuck on the underground! Thank you for your kind words re me chairing your Bett session – it was a privilege.

    Best Wishes
    Allison (Allen)

    1. Thanks Allison. Had a great evening at the musical “singing in the rain”, great fun! Too bad you were stuck in the underground. Seemed to be a lot of work going on that weekend! I enjoyed London as always! Hope to be back soon!

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