• 03 Jan
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    Moby and the BrainPOP team are off to BETT 2017, the largest educational technology show in the world, next week.

    moby-at-bett

    You’ll find us (and Moby) on stand C259, to the right of the BETT Arena on the central aisle between Google and Microsoft.

    BETT 2017 stand C259 500

    This is our biggest BETT yet. We’ve got so much to show it’s hard to know where to start!

    We’ll be showing off a whole range of new features including…

    • Make-A-Map – our new concept mapping tool powered by Ideaphora®.
    • Playful assessment – awesome learning games that support formative assessment
    • My BrainPOP – Student and teacher logins and dashboards to monitor, track, and review activity
    • Challenges – a new type of interactive quiz for higher order thinking
    • Assignments – allows you to assign features to classes or individuals, and monitor completion and scores
    • Quiz Mixer – Make your own BrainPOP style quizzes, polls, and surveys
    • PLUS the debut of Make-A-Movie! Our new content creation feature that BrainPOP teachers and pupils have been crying out for.

    All that AND we’ll be showing off the re-designed BrainPOP Jr, fully mobile ready and looking gorgeous.

    BrainPOP Jr redesign

    We’ve also invited some super smart teachers and friends of BrainPOP to demonstrate these new features throughout the 4 days.

    1. Thursday 11:00 we’re hosting Yishai Pinchover, the Cofounder of CodeMonkey Studios, one of our GameUp partners who’ll be presenting “Make the jump from code literacy to code creation with CodeMonkey’s Game Builder“.
      • Aimed at classroom teachers this session will be a guide to Codemonkey’s new game design courses where students applying coding skills and knowledge into creating new games and publishing them, all within the same CodeMonkey platform. That way they are truly becoming real-world programmers!
    2. Friday 15:00 we’re super excited to be hosting the Mr Mordue and the Digital Leaders from Lanchester primary.  Mr Mordue and his pupils will be demonstrating how to use BrainPOP in the classroom. They will be doing a session on the Solar System topic and also the online safety topic of Cyberbullying. They will be showcasing the movies, quizzes, games and activities that link to each topic.

    Wait! Stop. There’s more?

    Oh yes! Don’t forget to grab some new moby badges, BrainPOP bookmarks (with reading list on reverse) and making their debut at BETT 2017…floaty Moby pens!

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  • 08 Feb
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    We’ve worked with thousands of schools over the years, helping them evaluate our resources, but every school is unique and there are always bumps on the road.

    BrainPOP in school

    Here’s a few challenges that teachers put to us at BETT and how we answered them.

    1) How do we know BrainPOP will fit with our school and our students?

    The easy answer is: we don’t. Only you can decide that.

    But wait! Before you cry “Cop out!” it’s quite a deliberate approach. Before we start to tell you what we do, we try to find out what YOUR school’s challenges are. Looking for new curriculum resources? Apps for your new iPads? Want to improve STEM engagement? Getting into flipped learning? Have identified a need for better esafety teaching?

    We try to understand what you need, and go from there to see if BrainPOP would be a good fit to your strategic goals.

    2) Why should our school subscribe to BrainPOP instead of X product we already have?

    BrainPOP is super flexible, and can be used to supplement existing programmes and planning, not necessarily replace them. Our library of digital animated resources has taken 15 years to build up and improve based on teacher feedback. Its effects on student motivation, curriculum engagement, and knowledge retention are second to none.

    There’s nothing quite like BrainPOP.

    3) Will it work with our school technology?

    Our resources are 100% cloud based and easily integrated into learning management systems, VLEs, Google Apps for Education, and major mobile devices.

    BrainPOP’s designed to make it simple for teachers, parents, and students to get to the right content quickly. We think technology should support learning, so we work hard to make sure BrainPOP is fast, secure, and easy to blend into lessons.

    4) Our budgets are already stretched, we don’t know if we can afford it.

    • BrainPOP is a whole school curriculum resource so can be deployed across multiple departments and classrooms offering huge value at no extra cost.
    • Home use is included in the licencing and our apps are free to download (which is a great way to encourage use for homework, projects, and safe research!).
    • BrainPOP is a low risk investment. Starting at £499 per year, BrainPOP can be 30%-40% less per year than most other comparably sized products.
    • All updates, new content, extra features and so on, are always free meaning no surprises for you.

    5) I like it, but need to convince the powers that be to fund the subscription.

    • When used effectively BrainPOP is shown to improve teaching and learning.
    • BrainPOP’s products are mapped to the National curriculum for England, Common Core, Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, the Australian national curriculum, and more, allowing staff to find resources to target specific lesson objectives.
    • It doesn’t require up front investment of time and resources. We offer first class customer support and will work with you to make sure deployment across the school is pain free.

    We’re proud of what we make and do, and we hope that comes across in the high quality of the resources, our service, and our teacher support. Still not sure? See what other teachers have to say.

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  • 27 Jan
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    BETT is an incredibly exciting week, but it’s great to be home. To give our feet and voices a rest, at least!

    The team got back from BETT this week, following 5 days of talking pretty much non-stop to teachers (over 600 of you dropped by our small but cosy stand to get a demo or talk about subscribing).

    BrainPOP at BETT 2016 Stand

    Moby was there, and it seemed everyone wanted to get a selfie and a hug (and who can blame them?).

    Meeting Moby at BETT 2016

    We were proud to work with our partners Think IT, Educational App Store, Netsupport, Airhead, and RM Unify. If your school works with any of these suppliers please let us know and we’ll see if we can make a connection.

    MirandaNet’s research presentation on video and games based learning was packed out, which was mighty impressive for a 10:30am slot on Saturday morning!

    BrainPOP at BETT 2016 MirandaNet

    We like to thank each and every one of you that stopped by to say hi. This is the biggest event of the year for educational technology so that you found the time and space to talk to the BrainPOP team is very humbling.

    See you in 2017!

    PS: If you didn’t get a chance to visit us you can still get in touch to organise a trial or webinar.

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  • 11 Jan
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    Comfortable shoes have been purchased, a big bag of new badges has arrived, and we’ve opened our poshest tin of metal polish for Moby. So you know that means…

    BETT 2016 logo

    This year our stand is E114. If you’re stood looking at the front of the BETT Arena then we’re to your left.

    Find BrainPOP at BETT 2016

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    Why should you come and visit the BrainPOP team?

    • We’ll be doing demos of all the fresh new products, features, and content, showcasing our animated movies, games, and mobile apps.
    • If you are from a subscribing BrainPOP school we’ve got a special poster to give away, and tshirts (while stocks last).
    • Teachers that are new to BrainPOP will be able to get a 30 day free trial (don’t forget to ask about our exclusive BETT discount  offer!).
    • Plus you’ll have your annual opportunity to get a selfie with Moby.

    What else is going on?

    • On Saturday morning (10:30am-11:00am), we’ll be presenting our recent research project with MirandaNet in the Primary Learn Live Seminar theatre. Come along and hear how Oakdale Junior school’s growing use of video, gaming and quizzes is enriching learning. If you’d like to see the outcomes of the research before the seminar please download the 12 page summary.
    • You can speak to Think IT on stand D100 about their ‘one stop solution for schools’ (of which BrainPOP is a partner).
    • Check in with us on the RM ‘App trail’ to claim your stamp and win an exclusive Powerbank phone charger.

    If you’ve been to BETT before you’ll know what an eye opening and impressive thing it is. There’s a reason they call it a “show”!

    But if this your first time then we’d highly recommend checking out #Tips4BETT –  a very useful set of BETT survival tips culled from Twitter from BETT veterans (BETTerans?).

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    PS: If you’ve ever wondered what BETT stands for it’s “British Educational Training and Technology Show”. So now you know!

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  • 27 Jan
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    We’re back! And almost recovered!

    We had an amazing week at BETT 2015 in London.

    We welcomed teachers from across the globe to our stand, to learn more about BrainPOP, and meet Moby. Especially meet Moby!

    Some of our (non-Moby related) highlights!

    Tim Handley Digital Leaders at BrainPOP stand at BETT 2015

    Tim Handley & digital leaders presenting “Technology beyond computing – Our top 5 ways to use technology in class” on our stand AND the BETT arena.

    Tim’s school has subscribed to BrainPOP for a number of years, but we’re still privileged to welcome them to our stand. We were also very honoured to have been selected as one of their recommend resources in their arena presentation. To present in front of 800+ teachers would make any adults’ knees quake, so seeing how confident and engaging they were at such a young age was very humbling. As Tim rightly points out in their blog “the children…were simply phenomenal“.

    TeachMeet Takeovers

    We’ve always provided space and technology to teachers that want to share their practice (for free) to others.  This year we welcomed Julia Skinner who presented on her “100 Word Challenge“, a hugely successful weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16, and Mark Anderson on “Creative tools to give your classrooms a learning boost!”. You can see Mark’s slideshow on his (extremely useful) ICT Evangelist blog.

    Both educators have shared so much with the community over the years, and we were more than happy to play host. Hopefully TeachMeet Takeovers can continue going forward.

    100WC at BrainPOP stand BETT 2015

    Google Goes POP!

    Piers Casimir-Mrowczynski, Head of Computer Science at Beechwood Park school, presented “Google Goes POP!” about BrainPOP and Google Apps for Education at the Google Teacher Theatre to a packed house. He highlighted how he used our Google integration to deliver a lesson about ‘Cloud Computing“. It was awesome and we’ll be blogging his presentation very soon.

    Google Goes POP at BETT 2015

    Collaborations & Integrations

    The educational technology community has taken a leap into the cloud. And this means opportunities for companies to work better together to the benefit of schools.

    • We were proud to work alongside the E2BN/Think IT team (BrainPOP is a partner on their new framework). We also popped up on many of the partner stands and demonstrations including NetSupport, GBM Digital (Apple resellers), and Airhead (congrats on the BETT Award!). If you want to know more about this exciting framework please contact E2BN.
    • BrainPOP UK was one of 3 apps mentioned by Google in its launch of their new Google Play For Education UK store…Google Play for Education, a content store designed just for schools that puts thousands of educator-approved apps like Book Creator, Pocket Code and BrainPOP at teachers’ and students’ fingertips“.
    • Did you know BrainPOP UK is a Unify partner? We worked alongside them to show how BrainPOP can be seamlessly accessed via Unify.
    • On the Samsung stand you could try the BrainPOP UK, ESL, and Jr apps on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education, their new 10″ tablets designed for schools.

    Same time next year? It’s a date.

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  • 12 Jan
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    WOW! Have we got a PACKED schedule at BETT 2015!

    BETT Show 2015 logo

    We’ve been exhibiting at BETT since 2009, from a tiny stand up in the gods at Olympia, to a grand (though still cosy) space at ExCel. You can find us where we were last year, stand B200.

    BETT is a remarkable exhibition. A place to see and try educational technology, both new and proven. To energise your practice through the professional development seminars and workshops (and the TeachMeet Takeovers/TeachMeet). And of course, to network with other like-minded souls, from all areas of education.

    What’s happening on the BrainPOP stand?

    The BrainPOPpers will be demonstrating all our resources, showing you first hand how you can blend BrainPOP into your practice to raise attainment. Plus we’re doing a special 30-day free trial for anyone that takes a demo.

    Customer schools will be able to collect their free fresh-off-the-printing-press login posters, designed to help spread the BrainPOP word in your school. They’re really rather awesome and will add colour to any staffroom, classroom, or notice board. Don’t forget to pick up some new Moby badges while you’re there.

    BrainPOP UK login poster

    And, of course, Moby will be there, ready to high five and provide the best selfie opportunity of the show.

    Moby at BETT

    Friday 23rd Jan is Takeover day on the BrainPOP stand!

    • 11am-11:30am – Tim Handley & digital leaders present “Technology beyond computing – Our top 5 ways to use technology in class”. Tim and his pupils have been regular presenters at the BrainPOP stand (and at the BETT Arena itself!), and always provide a keen kids eye view of educational technology. Last year they were a big hit with their “Top 20 pupil approved apps for mobile learning“. Seriously, find 15 mins to sit down and see these guys in action, you will get loads of ideas.
    • 13:30pm-2pm – Julia Skinner “100 Word Challenge“. If you’ve not met Julia, or taken part in her hugely successful weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16, then we simply INSIST you come to Julia’s talk. You will learn how your school and students can join in, what they will get from it, and how to contribute as an educator.
    • 2pm-2:30pm – Mark Anderson “Creative tools to give your classrooms a learning boost!”. Mark is nothing less than an ICT phenomenon, as anyone who has benefitted from his generous wisdom and technology know-how. In his own words, he has a “…knack of being able to tie together pedagogy to technology”. Coming straight after Julia and the 100WC challenge it’s a learning technology 1-2 knock out blow.

    We hope you can come and see all the teachers and students that have kindly given up their time to share their ideas and work, not just on our stand but any stand that supports grassroots CPD at BETT. Check them all out on the TeachMeet Takeover wiki for BETT 2015.

    How else can I experience BrainPOP?

    E2BN/Think IT -Each day on the BrainPOP stand E2BN will be demonstrating Think IT “…a new way for schools, colleges and universities to buy the latest educational software, learning content, hardware, mobile devices and network products and services as one complete solution“. BrainPOP is a partner on this exciting new cloud based framework and this will be an opportunity to see it in action.

    When: BrainPOP B200, 11:45am-12pm every day

    Google – Piers Casimir-Mrowczynski, Head of Computer Science at Beechwood Park school, will be presenting BrainPOP and Google Apps for Education at the Google Teacher Theatre. A Google Apps certified trainer, see how Piers’ school combines BrainPOP and Google apps so successfully.

    When: Google E240, Wednesday 21st Jan 16:00pm-16:20pm

    RM Unify – BrainPOP UK is a Unify partner, the new single sign on platform for schools. To get a demo and see how BrainPOP can be seamlessly accessed via Unify visit RM’s stand.

    When: RM C250, every day

    Samsung – On the Samsung stand you’ll find the BrainPOP UK, ESL, and Jr apps being enthusiastically demonstrated on the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Samsung’s doing some amazing stuff with the ‘Connected Classroom‘ initiative and we think time spent hearing all about it would be time well spent.

    When: Samsung B358, BrainPOP pod, every day

    BrainPOP at the Samsung stand BETT 2014

    Moby at the Samsung stand at BETT 2014

    BETT Awards – Last year our Featured movie app was a finalist in the 2014 BETT Awards. This time it’s the website’s turn. We’re up for an award in the ‘Digital resources and collections‘ category. Wish us luck 🙂

    Looking forward once again to meeting old friends and making new ones! See you at BETT!

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  • 12 Feb
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    At Bett 2014, we welcomed Mr Handley and his digital leaders (Bayleigh, Emily, Adam, and Cameron) to show their “Top 20 Apps in 15 minutes” presentation on our stand before they took it to the big Arena stage later that same day.

    It was such a terrific and useful presentation for anyone considering using mobiles in class that we wanted to share it with you. They very kindly gave us permission so below we’ve provided the list in all its glory, with their comments. We’re sure any teacher can find a useful app or two in this list (iOS, Android, and Web apps), sourced and approved by the students themselves.

    20 apps in 15 minutes presentation

     

    Cameron: Super 7

    “I like Super 7 because it’s really fun and educational. It’s really helpful for getting you to think about numbers and problem solve, as you have to think ahead to plan which possible numbers that could combine to make 7. It is quite challenging, but it is fun and is one of our favorite apps.”

    Adam: Monster Physics

    “In Monster Physics, you have to build things, and then it applies the real world physics to what you have brought. I like Monster Physics because it is really fun and it is really addictive, as you have to try and solve the problems. It is very hard in places even my Dad couldn’t do it – maybe I’m as smart as my Dad! It is probably best aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. You have to make stuff to make the monster get to the finish line and in each of the different levels. I really like Monster Physics.”

    Bayleigh: iMovie

    “I like iMovie because you can choose two different ways you can be on this app, you can make a project or a trailer. A project lets you get any picture you want and record whatever you want, you can put background music on too. A trailer is where you get to pick what type of trailer you would like, (scary, romance, retro, superhero, fairy tale etc) you then write the people who’s in it and the words or sentences you want. After that you put a video what you have taken which links up with the type of music and trailer you have picked, then you play it back and you have your own movie trailer. iMovie is awesome!”

    Emily: Chicktionary

    “I like Chicktionary as it’s a great way to practice your spelling and find out new words. You are given some chickens with letters on them and you need to tap them and they lay eggs with the letter on it and you have to try and make words using these eggs.”

    Cameron: Pic Collage

    “Pic Collage lets you put pictures together from the internet, from the photo roll and ones you have just taken. It lets you arrange them on the page, order them, resize them and cut into shapes. You can also add text and stamps to the collage just like if you were sticking pictures onto paper but much much quicker and easier. You can then print them and share them. We’ve them used for fun, but you could also make them about your topic.”

    Emily: Video Scribe

    “Video Scribe is a fairly new app, which we think is fab. It lets you put together a video, made up of a handwriting text or drawing pictures. You get to decide what the hand writes/draws, and piece them together to create some great videos. We have already used Video Scribe to tell stories, present information on a topic and, of course, just for fun!”

    Bayleigh: Number Run

    “I like Number Run because it is like a video game but it involves maths questions. Like you start on a certain level and work your way up. Number Run allows you to pick either a girl or boy, then your person runs and there is rocks in the way, lost paths, enemies, and coins. There are maths question on the things that I just listed. If you answer the questions right you kill the enemies or shoot the rocks etc, and if you get the question wrong you fall down the lost path.”

    Adam: Foldify

    “I like foldify as you get to create some really great models and creations. You can put 3D shapes together on the iPad and decorate them to make them look like different things, like a bus for example, or a creature. You can then print your creation, which you can fold up to create your creation.”

    Cameron: Garageband

    “I like Garageband because you get to make lots of music with anything you what. It has lots of virtual instruments on it, like guitars, drums and pianos, which make it really easy to make great music. There are also lots of different loops – pre-recorded bits of music – which we can arrange into our own songs. We can also record our voices, making it good for making radio programs. It is a really cool and VERY powerful piece of software!”

    Adam: Daydream Education Times Table App

    “I like the new Daydream Education Times Table app because it’s a good way to learn your times tables and it’s a way to learn different methods for different things.”

    Bayleigh: Glow Burst

    “I like Glowburst because it is tricky but fun. In Glowburst you have to pass levels by bursting numbers from the lowest to the largest. For example it sometimes included negative numbers, right through to 3 or 4 digit numbers. Even our teachers find it tricky and we often like to try and beat them! It is really addictive – we all go on it lots at home too!”

    Emily: Pixlr

    “I like Pixlr, it is a very powerful image editor and paint program, but online with a version for Apple and Android devices too. You get to create images, and you can apply lots of great effects to your drawings or pictures, and draw with different brushes, items and use different styles. Pixlr is dead easy to use, but SO powerful. We have found many features that Mr Handley didn’t know existed!”

    Cameron: iCanAnimate

    “iCanAnimate is a great app which allows you to easily create your own stop motion animations. Animations are made up of lots of still images. It is easy to create them in iCanAnimate as the app is really simple to use, and includes more advanced features such as ‘onion skinning’ which lets you see the picture you have just taken whilst you are setting up your next photo. You can then export the video, or use another app, like iMovie to add other effects, music and text.”

    Adam: Action Movie FX

    “I like action Movie FX as it allows me to be a Hollywood director. It basically gives you lots of different effects, for example, a missile strike, bolder attack or car crash and it’ll put these effects over the movies you take. You can then export those and put them into your own movies which is great, and you can make some things that are quite silly too!”

    Bayleigh: Beebot

    “I like the BeeBot App as it is just like the real Beebots, but with lots more challenges built in. You get a bee bot and you have to program the Beebot to follow the path made by slabs. You get a limited amount of time and you are in control. It’s very addictive!”

    Emily: Maths Motion Pizza

    “This is a new game. It is VERY addictive and gets you to run your own pizza restaurant whilst practicing lots of great maths skills, whilst being lots of fun too!”

    Cameron: Sketch Nation

    “In Sketch Nation you can literally draw your very own game, which you can then play. It’s really simple to use and great fun! Let your mind go wild and it will save everything you do.You have to build the set and the character and afterwards you get to play it. I like Sketch Nation because it is so fun. I have made my own game which others can then play, it is awesome.”

    Adam: MadPad

    “I love MadPad. It’s a really strange but very cool app. It basically allows you to take videos and audio files of snippets of sounds, and then store them into a sound board, and then you can press them and it will play them. You then record them, and make your very own soundtrack or beat track. You can create some really cool effects!”

    Bayleigh: BrainPOP UK

    “We love Tim and Moby at our school, and BrainPOP, so it’s only natural that the BrainPOP UK app makes it into our top 20. This app puts all of the fab BrainPOP videos at our fingertips, meaning we can watch them at home as well as school. There are some free videos on the app too if your school doesn’t have a subscription, and all the quizzes are there too.”

    Emily: Puppet Pals 2

    “I like this app – it’s a good animation app, which is a big improvement on Puppet Pals 1. On Puppet Pals, you get to hold your very own puppet play animation, which you can use to tell a story. You move the characters on the screen and it records your voice at the same time. It can then play it back to you as a movie. The characters mouths move, you can make them ride things and go in cars and other things, and you can even put peoples faces on the characters that you know!”

    Many thanks to you all for sharing this with us. If you want to know more about their adventures at the Bett show visit bett.mrhandley.co.uk.

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  • 09 Jan
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    As freshly minted MirandaNet Associates BrainPOP are proudly co-hosting a live panel discussion on games based learning in the MirandaNet lounge at BETT 2014.

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    What is it?

    In this MirandaMod, the topic being discussed is “Playing Games – Does gaming offer effective learning contexts?“. On the panel will be a number of industry experts, all of whom will present their thoughts and take questions from the audience.

    Chair:

    • Terry Freedman, Independent educational ICT consultant and writer at ICT in Education

    Contributors:

    • Dr. Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation at BrainPOP
    • Derek Robertson,  Lecturer at University of Dundee, previous National Adviser Emerging Technologies and Learning at Education Scotland (read more about Derek’s amazing adventures in games based learning work on his blog)
    • Mark Chambers, Naace – CEO of NAACE
    • Karolin Serafin from Yellow Dot
    • Simon Poole, Senior lecturer at Chester University
    • Chris Green, Director of Blended Learning at Manga High

    If you have any interest in games based learning this is a line up worth beating down the door to get to hear and question. There will be limited space so get your free tickets as soon as you can. The discussion will also be recorded and hopefully live streamed so anyone from around the world can listen in.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone curious about the pedagogical value of game based learning, no matter how novice or expert.  It will be friendly and informal, and it’s 100% free. It will be followed up by a MirandaNet research group meeting on games based learning.

    When is it?

    Wednesday 22nd January 2014 16:30-17:30

    Where is it being held?

    MirandaNet Lounge; Gallery Suite 4, BETT 2014. Come and see us on stand B200 if you want to know more. Don’t forget you will need to register for a free ticket to the BETT event too.

    How do I sign up?

    Sign up for free on Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/mirandanet-5446600173

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  • 03 Jan
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    There’s some great posts about surviving visiting BETT (which mostly boil down to wearing comfortable shoes and bringing your own lunch) but we thought it might be useful to offer up another perspective: ways to have a productive experience with stand staff at BETT.

    This all comes from our experience as long time exhibitors so here’s our top tips for meeting the sales folks (we’ll be at Stand B200 by the way, if you want to try any of them out).

    1) You’ve got a camera in your pocket – use it.

    There’s a good chance you’ll have a smart device on you with a decent camera. Take photos of products, of the company URL, of the ID badges of the exhibitors (so you can ask for them afterwards if you want to follow up). Collecting these pictures, which can be shared later, will provide aide memoires for products you were interested in.

    Bonus tip:  Set up an Instagram account to build a photo set, which can be easily shared with your colleagues. You can even add filters to make them look all hipster and cool, if that’s your thing.

    photography

    2) Document product demos

    Just before the exhibitor you’re engaged with launches into their product demo, ask them if it’s OK to video them giving a 2 minute pitch. You can then play these to your colleagues when you get back to school. Sooooo much easier than having to explain it yourself.

    Bonus tip:  Don’t bother filming crowd demos as the presenter will be drowned out by the background noise.

    Film making

    3) Dead trees

    You will collect a million leaflets, brochures, and price lists. And then the majority will go into the recycling when you get home. Exhibitors know this, but deep down we still hope you keep and study them.

    So take 3 clear plastic wallets – one for “Yes”, one for “Maybe”, and one for “No”. Then simply put the leaflets into the right folder so when you get back to school you can save time as they’ll be pre-filtered. PS Don’t tell the exhibitor which folder you chose. No one wants to see their lovely leaflet go into the “No” folder!

    Bonus tip: You’ll see lots of QR codes around the show so download a QR reader before you go.

    BrainPOP UK app QR code4) Freebies

    Every stand will have branded freebies – from sweets to pens to mugs to USB sticks and much, much more. Picking up giveaways is half the fun, right? As keen as you are to re-stock your stationery cupboard on your visit please take the time to engage with the stand staff before doing so. They may even have better secret freebies stashed away or competitions you can enter.

    Bonus tip: If you’re going in a group, have a competition to see who can pick up the most interesting/daft/amazing freebie. You’ll be surprised what oddities turn up. Actually this would make a pretty decent Twitter hashtag challenge.

    Moby digital leader badge

    5) Stand staff are not always Sales Staff

    There’s a good chance, especially on the smaller stands, that you WON’T be talking to a Sales person. It’s just as likely to be a Product designer, Editor, Customer Service Advisor, Technical Support, or even the CEO! The idea is that stands are all staffed by slick pushy sales people is a myth.

    Bonus tip: Ask directly about show discounts. Ask for their personal card, or email address to follow up afterwards. Ask about how the company will follow up with you afterwards. You may have a better way for them to get in touch, or arrange an in house demo. You WILL get lots of contact from exhibitors afterwards so you may as well get in front of the conversation.

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    6) Be social

    If a product, company, or exhibitor has particularly impressed you let people know! Right away! Tweet recommendations on the show hashtag and blog about it afterwards (or during if you’re super whizzy). Not only can you show your support when you’ve had a good experience with an exhibitor/product (which, speaking as an exhibitor, gives one a lovely feeling of a job well done) it could also help other people to find the good stuff. Remember to add the stand number.

    Bonus tip: Do make the effort to shout about smaller companies/start ups – they tend to be harder to locate, appreciate the support, and are often hidden gems.

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    7) Identify yourself!

    Order some business cards before the event, to give to exhibitors you like, or contacts you make at the event.  Try Moo.com (fancy) or Vistaprint (cheap and cheerful).

    Bonus tip: Make the picture on the front of the card YOU – that makes it much easier to remember who you were.

    Bonus bonus tip: If you use Twitter, add your Twitter name to your badge/card.

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    If all else fails you can just do Gangnam style with Moby.

    So those are our tips. Do you have any you’d like to share?

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  • 11 Nov
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    We are over the moon to let you all know that the BrainPOP UK Featured Movie app has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Educational Apps’ category in the prestigious BETT Awards 2014.

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    “The Bett Awards represent a partnership between i2i Events Group and BESA, the trade association representing educational supply companies. While the unprecedented number of entries has made it tougher for the judges, it does mean that the shortlist identifies the very best resources and suppliers for schools. The shortlisted products and organisations all offer outstanding, quality resources that will undoubtedly inspire and motivate learners. Due to the international recognition of Bett in terms of its place in showcasing the latest learning technologies, the Bett Awards provide educators all over the world with a means of identifying the most innovative and effective ICT products and services.”

    Caroline Wright, director of BESA

    We’re delighted to be finalists, especially in this brand new category, as they’re probably the biggest edtech awards in the world. We are strong advocates of the benefits of mobile learning. We regularly receive emails from schools, parents and kids that just love having access to our resources on the go.

    But even more than that the benefit of safe, accessible independent learning cannot be underestimated. The ability for children to explore, discover and create is made 10 times easier with a smart device and the right apps.

    If you want to see how our Apple© or Android™ apps can support learning download them here for free www.brainpop.co.uk/support/mobile.

    The winners of each category will be announced at the Bett 2014 Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 22nd January 2014. See the full list of finalists in all categories: www.bettawards.com/finalists. Good luck to everyone!

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