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The BETT Show at London ExCel is the world’s leading learning technology event showcasing the latest in educational technology and offering an impressive range of seminars and demonstrations for visitors.

It is estimated that some 44,000 delegates visited the exhibition, or attended one of the many conferences available. BETT runs over four days (this year, 20 – 23 January 2016) and attracts teachers, librarians, IT Specialist and other educators from all around the UK and Europe.  It offers ERA an excellent opportunity to promote the benefits of the ERA Licence and to answer questions about the scheme and the resources it can provide.

This year we were demonstrating ERA’s newly developed learning platform which is intended to provide ERA Licensees with curated and searchable links to useful audio and audio-visual resources from our broadcaster members. Users of the platform are invited to comment on the material and also to supply links to material they have found useful, even to share their own lessons plans.  We had very enthusiastic feedback on this project from visitors to our stand and we are currently in the process of feeding some of these comments into our design for the platform.

We distributed a lot of information including ERA booklets, newsletters, and information about ERA’s third party technology providers. Educators visiting the stand showed particular interest in the BBC Shakespeare archive project, and soon we will be producing a special newsletter for schools highlighting the many excellent programmes to be broadcast to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death.

As in previous years, our attendance at this exhibition was a great success and has been hugely informative.  The next opportunity to visit the ERA Stand will be at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow, 21-22 September 2016.