This week I visited BETT 2008 with my colleagues from Tallinn Lillekyla Gymnasium. BETT is the world’s largest educational technology event, where different companies present their products and software. The aim of our visit was to see new solutions that can be tried out in ICT future school project.
On the first day I spent most of the time in Apple’s stand. Apple demonstrated the new features of Leopard Server could be used in a school. I was really impressed by the new Wiki Server. Until now our school had to use blogs and wikis from our own server or from sites that provide free blogs and wikis. It is quite a lot of work to update several WordPress and MediaWiki sites when new versions are released. Hosted blogs and wikis can have also several limitations. Leopard Wiki Server will make life easier not only for administrators but also for users. The WYSIWYG editor that they use in Leopard wiki seemed to be the most user-friendly web-based editor that I have seen so far. It is possible that we have to rethink our decision to use Elgg for creating e-portfolios in Lillekyla.
Other solutions that we found useful for Lillekyla school were CM2 MAX Portable Interactive Whiteboard System by ONfinity, Lego Mindstorms NTX classroom set, recently announced Sanako Study 500 mobile version for Nokia N810 handhelds and FileMaker 9.
After two busy days in BETT I also managed to walk around in London, buy some good CD’s and visit the Apple Store. Unfortunately it was raining a lot and I didn’t shoot much photos. I have organised some photos into two Flickr sets: