Since 2011 a delegation of DUNA attends to the London BETT Show.

BETT has become one of the international meeting points for educational Technology; parallel events, seminars and demonstrations are held there every year. Thus, from the development of software to the creation of content, including furniture or technological equipments, all the companies that fit into BETT guide their offer to the educational community.

Our main aim is to learn and know the proposals that are being developed in the educational technology area, which is living a quick evolution in order to adapt itself to the needs of a changing public and to the discovery of the multiple possibilities of ICT applied to education.

In this visit, from DUNA we have focused on programming and robotics, especially for Pre-School and Primary Education. Programming is a necessary skill for the future, and it seems that robots manufacturers realized that it gets easier and more suitable to start learning from a young age.

In the fair we found a great deployment of interactive multimedia resources for all subjects and levels of study, oriented to activate, connect and thrill students. Tools that develop traineeship at school and at home, and that support teachers in enriching and revitalizing their classes: working in the classroom at different rates for each student, planning group work with participants from several schools or from different countries, explaining how the circulatory system works with a video made by students….

Like every year, we are surprised to see how thousands of teachers look for the offers of the market or the products that suit them best. They know what they want and what they need, and they go to the BETT to look for it or let themselves be seduced by new things. We also have the aftertaste of not being able to embrace everything, and we reflect upon the fact that education in the countries that have access to all these technologies travels, in their classrooms, at a very different speed than in ours.

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The reflection that comes along with us after each trip is the same: are we properly preparing our students, who will soon be in the same work and social world as the children who are lucky enough to receive this education in other countries?

During our visit we collected a lot of resources, material and contacts that we would like to share:

PROGRAMMABLE ROBOTS

Robots evolve from being just a toy to becoming improvement tools for learning and teaching programming to the children. Robo WunderkindBinary BotsOhbotFinch o Marty The Robot are some of the proposals that we have known, among which there are some that we highlight especially for the characteristics of the methodology they use:

  • Cubico: it uses an augmented-reality interactive platform with funny stories to teach children how to program in a simple way.
  • Kubo: it has created a whole programming language to understand first the concepts in a tangible environament and without screens before giving instructions to the robot.
  • Cubetto-Primo: a wooden robot that allows to discover programming, computational thinking, and the resolve of computer problems without the need to include screens.
  • Albert: a nice robot that uses an Android smartphone as a brain. Thanks to the apps it has, children can read stories, sing, play with it… and even learn to program.

VIRTUAL REALITY

The experience of virtual reality is also introduced in the classrooms. Proposals such as ClassVR o Induction Junction are designed by specialized teachers, and offer a big set of tools to use in the classroom and to help students improve understanding and knowledge retention.

INTERACTIVE MULTISENSORY ENVIRONMENTS

Immersive Interactive is an innovative proposal that allows to design and build, from a tablet device and easily, multisensory environments as learning tools that involve the entire school at all levels.

For more information about the fair, please visit: www.bettshow.com