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BETT 2020: Five key takeaways from the leading edtech show

As the first industry event of the year, the BETT Show is always a great place to discover the direction the education sector is taking and what the key discussion points will be throughout 2020 and beyond.

This year’s edition featured a new, enlarged footprint and a whole host of new zones, covering everything from Learning Tech to Management Solutions.

From the many conversations we had with people who visited the Loxit stand, we’ve highlighted five key talking points that sum up the technology and trends affecting the edtech market today.

 

  1. Video-assisted Learning

Billed as something that will really take off in the next couple of years, video-assisted learning was a talking point both on the showfloor and across the seminar sessions.

Much more than just putting a video on and expecting students to watch it, video-assisted learning combines hardware and software to create a more engaging and interactive experience. With new tools, videos can be played, annotated on, integrated into comprehensive lesson plans and used to test understanding and progression.

The central screen will be key to the success of a video-assisted learning strategy and, of course, ensuring this is safely and securely mounted is paramount. For large-format screens and touch screens, the HI-LO® Mono range of electric mounts is the ideal solution. Smooth electrical operation raises and lowers the screen by 500mm, meaning users of all sizes and abilities will be able to interact with content safely and easily. The HI-LO® Mono has been designed for durability and stability and can be fitted with an anti-crush bar for additional safety when being used in vulnerable environments such as with young children in nurseries, those in SEN environments or wheelchair users.

 

  1. Putting the Teacher back in Control…

As in so many fields, the idea of user experience and the intuitive technology that this requires, is also a talking point in the education sector. At BETT, this included discussion about the role of the teacher and AV/IT technicians when it comes to device management, something which in the past has been quite a complex task.

By making device management simple, it will no longer be necessary for this to fall under the charge of AV/IT, instead giving teachers the ability to use devices in the way that works best for their students. This could include personalising apps to individual students’ needs and being able to uses devices in a more agile way.

In order to do this, it’s important that device management systems are intuitive and reliable. Take Loxit’s charging, security and storage solutions, for example. With options to securely store, charge and sync devices, these tools ensure tablets and laptops are always ready to use, and that students will be working off devices that are up to date, taking the complexity out of device management.

  1. …But Make Sure They Feel Supported

Certainly not a new issue in the education sector, but one that doesn’t seem to be going away, is the uncertainty some teachers feel when it comes to implementing technology in the classroom.

This was highlighted by the launch of the EdTech Evidence Group at BETT and the news that 79% of teachers and school leaders would like to see clear, tangible proof of edtech’s effectiveness in the classroom.

Being uncertain about working with a new tool is understandable, but with a bit of planning it’s possible to achieve some incredible outcomes. For example, when it comes to investing in new hardware and software, it’s important to be clear on your goals and priorities, both now and in the future. If you want to improve student outcomes or reduce teacher workload, look for tools that have been shown to achieve this, or consider the activities you do or would like to introduce and explore how this can be supported through tech.

Above all, opt for flexible, scalable, reliable and intuitive tools, and uptake and outcomes are likely to be much improved.

  1. Tech Support for SEND

With the announcement at BETT that the UK government has launched a £300,000 initiative to identify how technology can help students with disabilities and special educational needs, empowering SEND students to enable them to achieve their potential through technology was a key talking point.

With each child having their own specific needs, the focus was on how to identify the tools that will most benefit each individual. This could be anything from organisational apps and speech recognition for dyslexic students, through to touchscreens with features such as handwriting and shape recognition that remove the focus on writing/drawing skills, instead enabling the student to focus on the message they’re trying to get across.

Taking this a step further, tools such as the Magic Carpet interactive projection system have been specifically designed to create a totally immersive and intuitive experience for students of all ages and abilities, including those with complex needs. By supporting multiple access methods – gesture, eye gaze, mouse and touch – and with the ability to project images onto all kinds of surfaces, including floors, tables and wheelchair trays, all students can be instantly engaged and included.

  1. The Cosmos is quite Overwhelming

Experimental physicist Brian Cox had a packed BETT Arena enthralled with his keynote entitled Exploring the Universe. Cox took delegates on a whirlwind history of the universe and, interestingly, highlighted how technology that has just been developed is helping to prove the theories of scientists such as Einstein and Lemaître.

As technology develops it’ll be fascinating to see how the field of cosmology, and the wider edtech sector, develops with it.

Custom AV Furniture solutions made easy with Loxit online configurator

Loxit will use ISE and BETT to demonstrate the online configurators now available for its family of furniture products.

With the online configurator for HiveTM, a collaborative desk that combines a screen, device management, charging and security technologies, it is possible to choose desk size – either 3, 5 or 7 people – as well as shape, colour, power module and AV faceplate.

The Hi-Lo Workspace® electric height adjustable desk can also be customised online, with shape, size, colour and accessories able to be modified; specific brand colours and finishes can also be integrated. Particularly popular in corporate and education environments, the Hi-Lo Workspace® offers nearly 600mm of vertical travel meaning it can accommodate everyone from young children to adults.

Finally, the Hi-Lo® SpotlightTM electric height-adjustable lectern is now available in a mobile version. Using the tried and tested design of Loxit’s mobile screen mounts, the new Spotlight offers integration with the latest Creston/Lutron control panels and interfaces, while four lockable casters on the wheeled base ensure it can be positioned securely. An online configurator for SpotlightTM is also now available.

John Whittle, director at Loxit, said: “Loxit is well known for creating custom solutions designed to meet the specific needs of our customers. We have now made this much easier thanks to the addition of online configurators on our website, allowing customers to explore the different options available to them for creating their ideal solution.”

www.loxit.com

ISE Stand: 11-F160

BETT Stand SJ32

 

Loxit showcases secure tablet and laptop storage solutions at BETT and ISE 2020

Joining a full range of AV furniture and mounting solutions this year at BETT and ISE, will be the Lapbank® TL laptop trolley and the iBank® family of sync and charge devices.

 

Lapbank® TL is the only top loading laptop trolley, offering easier access and better ergonomics than other products on the market. Capable of holding up to 20 15.6in laptops, Lapbank® TL is a durable yet lightweight charging trolley that features soft start, surge protection, mains conditioner and an anti-backwash device for ultra-safe charging.

 

It uses the original laptop chargers, if a device is replaced or upgraded, the chargers can be swapped for the new model, there are no call out charges or on-going maintenance costs or warranty issues associated with swapping laptops using managed charging systems.

 

When it comes to securely charging tablets, Loxit’s iBank® range can accommodate between 8 and 60 devices, offering sync and charge services or just charging. Ergonomic compartments hold any tablet up to 270mm high, 300mm deep with cases up to 28mm thick, meaning different devices can be stored and charged in the same unit.

ChargeConnect 10 profiles each individual device plugged in and delivers the correct rate of charge for each, including iPad, iPad mini, Galaxy Tab, Surface, Toughbook, Nexus, Kindle, Nook, e-Readers – any USB chargeable device.

Completing the line-up of sync and charge devices is the Tabinet® family. Able to accommodate up to 20 tablets in a desk or wall mounted footprint, it’s ideal for corporate or education environments where tablets need to be stored and charged via universal USB and where aesthetics is important.

In those areas where space is particularly limited, the Tabinet® 10 Slimline wall mounted storage and charging cabinet has a depth of just 220mm and an overall height of 890mm. This has proved a particularly popular solution in medical environments where tablets need to be stored and charged in busy locations where space is at a premium.

 

www.loxit.com

ISE Stand: 11-F160

BETT Stand SJ32

 

Loxit introduces enhanced mount offering at BETT and ISE 2020

Loxit will be bringing updated versions of its award-winning mounts to both BETT and ISE 2020.

This includes the Multi Position Fixed Height Slimline wall mount, which is now available with a tilt accessory. This allows screens to be fixed at 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 degrees to ensure the perfect viewing angle at all times. Holes are bolted to prevent screen tilt slippage over time. With this slimline solution, columns are offset just 20mm from the wall and screens up to 130kg can be accommodated.

 

Also on show is a smaller and more compact version of the Screenlift750® wall/wall to floor mount. The Compact Wall Mount boasts 450mm of electronic vertical travel providing inclusive access for all users. It also requires much less wall space, making it a slim and unobtrusive mounting option ideally suited to touch screens and video conferencing applications.

 

Finally, new for 2020 is the Duo® 700mm screen mount, an upgrade from the existing 680mm solution. Smooth, quiet, professional electrical operation raises and lowers the screen by 700mm, allowing all users access to the display.

 

As with all Loxit products, the mounts are engineered to a very high standard. They also benefit from pre-building – every Loxit product is pre-built prior to despatch, removing any issues, such as missing parts, when on site, thus saving time and money. The five-year return to base warranty supports this focus on quality and service.

www.loxit.com

ISE Stand: 11-F160

BETT: SJ32