My name’s Max and I’m a captioner at Ai-Media. For the last two days, I’ve been attending the Bett show at the ExCel London – an exhibition of the most exciting edtech companies in the world. Ai-Media was selected by a panel of experts as one of the top ten start-ups in the Futures group. We’ve been here launching Visible Classroom, a  ground-breaking professional development tool for teachers. Here’s what I’ve thought of the show so far.

The venue itself is huge – the photo below only shows about a quarter of the space. Walking around the hall and engaging with the different exhibitors is truly inspiring. The companies here all believe in the future of learning, using the latest technologies to support teachers and pupils.

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Ai-Media have been exhibiting in the Futures Zone, where fledgling companies exhibit their cutting-edge concepts and ideas. This section has created quite a stir on social media, with many visitors describing it as ‘the most interesting corner of Bett 2015.’

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Our stand was also visited by Dominic Hughes, the Deputy Headteacher of Springwell School in Hounslow. Dominic used Visible Classroom as part an Education Endowment Foundation pilot. He then went on to encourage four other teachers in Springwell to use Visible Classroom. Dominic gave a fantastic speech at our stand about his thoughts on the program (which I also captioned live – it’s been a busy few days!), discussing how Visible Classroom has affected his teaching practice and made a huge impact on the teachers and pupils of Springwell School.

Attending Bett has been a fantastic experience. It’s been really humbling to be out of the office, meeting the people who’ve been impacted by the work we do, as well as people who are genuinely excited by our work and are keen to work with us in future.

Bett 2015 is taking place at the ExCel centre until Saturday 24th January. Ai-Media, part of the Futures Group, can be found on stand BFG7 in the Futures Zone.

Written by Max Deacon, Captioner

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