Don’t miss your opportunity to join Microsoft for Bett, Jan. 23-26, 2019

2019-01-11 By 0 Comments

A new year brings new opportunity to learn about all the latest and greatest from Microsoft Education. Join Microsoft at Bett 2019 in London on January 23-26, either online or right there with us at the event, being held at London’s ExCeL venue.

Bett is an annual event that explores how technology can empower educators and students to reach their full potential. Microsoft, as a worldwide partner of Bett, will be hosting a wide array of sessions and hands-on demonstrations on the show floor, along with inspirational talks to support educators looking for new ways to engage and empower their students.

To kick off a whole week of Bett, we’re releasing a special episode of What’s New in EDU, our show that gets you caught up on the exciting new tools and updates coming from Microsoft Education. Our special Bett episode will be available on January 22 – watch it to learn more about new classroom technology coming to Microsoft Education this year. And don’t forget to stay tuned to the Education Blog for more as it comes in!

We’ll also have special edition What’s New in EDU live events streaming daily from Bett in London. You can register to catch the livestreams events each day with the following links:

Whether you’re looking for the latest in mixed reality for education, some grounded advice on how to transform your classroom digitally, or want a peek at what’s next for Minecraft: Education Edition, the schedule below is a good place to start, learn and participate. Make sure to stop by Booth E300 to see all the new experiences we have relating to STEM, Virtual Reality and new tools for the classroom.

For more information and to book your sessions, visit this page. If you can’t visit us in person in London, consider joining us on the road as Microsoft Education goes on tour around the UK. You can find out more as we continue to add more dates all the time.

If you’re joining us at Bett in person, we hope to see you at one of the following highlights:


Microsoft keynote | Bett Arena | Wednesday, 23 January, 16:30 – 17:15


Emotion and cognition in the age of AI

Speakers: Barbara Holpfazel, GM of Education Marketing, Anthony Salcito, VP Worldwide Education, Microsoft, and Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University.

This group will describe how education and work will change thanks to AI. We will unveil new research describing the critical role of emotional well-being to position students for success in the age of AI and will examine an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning, already in use by more than 1,500 schools globally. We will be joined by a student whose amazing educational journey has already been transformed by AI.


Microsoft sessions


In addition to joining for our keynote in the Bett Arena, be sure to visit us across the Bett show floor at our own Learn Live Theatre, Microsoft Training Academy, the Bett Schools Theatre and the Bett Post-16 Theatre!

Learn Live Theatre

This is the perfect place to go if you are looking to see and hear about the latest product releases, see demonstrations, and discover ways you can unlock learning in your students. Each session is held on Microsoft stand E300 and lasts 30 minutes.


Time Title
Wed – Sat / 10:00-10:30 What’s new in EDU?
Wed – Sat / 10:30-11:00 How to set a cloud first digital transformation strategy
Wed – Sat / 11:00-11:30 Demystifying Microsoft 365 Education for teachers
Wed – Sat / 11:30-12:00 Increasing accessibility and fostering inclusive classrooms
Wed – Sat / 12:00-12:30 Driving collaboration and teamwork to save teachers time and reduce costs
Wed – Sat / 12:30-13:00 Developing global citizens and driving future-ready skills
Wed – Sat / 13:00-13:30 Building STEM skills with Minecraft: Education Edition
Wednesday / 13:30-14:00 Ask me anything on Microsoft Education Tools
Thursday / 13:30-14:00 Evolving technologies for the scientists of the future
through the Natural History Museum
Friday / 13:30-14:00 Amplify Every learner with Flipgrid
Saturday / 13:30-14:00 Amplify Every Learner with Flipgrid
Wed – Fri / 13:00-14:30 How to set a cloud first digital transformation strategy
Wed – Fri / 14:30-15:00 Demystifying M365 and O365 to drive learning outcomes and impact
Wed – Fri / 15:00-15:30 Increasing accessibility and fostering inclusive classrooms
Wed – Fri / 15:30-16:00 Driving collaboration and teamwork to save teachers’ time and reduce costs
Wed – Fri / 16:00-16:30 Developing global citizens and driving future-ready skills
Wed – Fri / 16:30-17:00 Growing computer skills with MakeCode
Wednesday / 17:00-17:30 Implementing a device buy-back programme or school
device scheme
Wednesday / 17:30-18:00 Tweet meet – using social media to drive community and new ideas
Thursday / 17:00-17:30 Growing computer skills with MakeCode
Thursday / 18:30-18:00 Unlocking learning through a connected classroom
 Friday / 18:00-18:00 Using Minecraft: Education Edition to expand learning experiences
 Friday / 17:30-18:00 Teaching and assessing Math with Microsoft

Microsoft Training Academy

If you are looking for a hands-on opportunity to try, test and experiment with Microsoft products and devices, this is the perfect stage for you. Get tips and tricks and learn about the best way to use a Microsoft solution in the classroom, from and with our own teachers, trainers, and Microsoft Learning Consultants. Each session is held on Microsoft stand E300 and lasts 30 minutes.

Time Title
Wed – Sat / 10:00-10:30 Setting up a Cloud IT solution for your school in 30 min
Wed – Sat / 10:30-11:00 Building a collaborative classroom with Teams
Wed – Sat / 11:00-11:30 Utilising Windows 10 tools to support an untethered classroom
Wed – Sat / 11:30-12:00 Working together with Office Online
Wed – Sat / 12:00- 12:30 Fostering an inclusive classroom with free tools from Microsoft Education
Wed – Sat / 12:30-13:00 Saving time and making assessment easy with Microsoft Education
Wed – Sat / 13:00-13:30 Growing STEM skills in the classroom using MakeCode and Minecraft:  Education Edition
Wed – Sat / 13:30-14:00 Bringing future technology to your classroom (AI, MR, Bots and Personal Workflow)
Wed – Fri / 14:00-14:30 Set up a Cloud IT solution for your school in 30 min
Wed – Fri / 14:30-15:00 Build a collaborative classroom and school with OneNote and Teams to save you time and achieve better learning outcomes
Wed – Fri / 15:00-15:30 Utilising Windows 10s tools to support an untethered classroom  (Speech to Text, Text Suggestions and Edge Learning Tools)
Wed – Fri / 15:30-16:00 Getting the most out of O365 online
Wed – Fri / 16:00-16:30 Organising your classroom and empowering your students with  OneNote
Wed – Fri / 16:30-17:00 Saving time and making assessment easy with Microsoft Education
Wed – Fri / 17:00-17:30 Growing STEM skills in the classroom using Make:Code and Minecraft  for CS Fundamentals
Wed – Fri / 17:30-18:00 Bringing future technology to your classroom (AI, Bots and personal  workflow)

Microsoft on the Stage (Schools Theatre)

Wednesday, 11:45-12:15 | A day in the life of a digitally enabled child


  • Jonathan Bishop, Chief Executive Office and Executive Headteacher, Cornerstone Academy Trust


Wednesday, 12:30-13:00 | Sparking 21st century communication in your classroom


  • Michelle Zimmerman, Educator and Leadership Team Member, Renton Prep – USA


Wednesday, 15:30-16:00 | Using technology to drive cross-collaboration and support better student outcomes


  • Tom Rees, Education Director, Northampton Primary Academy Trust – UK


Wednesday, 17:00-17:30 | Making informed decisions for your school through efficient data analysis


  • Sir Mark Grundy – CEO Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust Team


Thursday, 11:00-11:30 | How physical computing better addresses real world challenges


  • Steve Hodges, Principle Researcher, Microsoft Research
  • Joe Finney, Researcher/Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • Sue Sentence, Researcher, Raspberry Pi Foundation


Thursday, 14:00-14:30 | A Personalised Learning Initiative to improve the educational experience


  • Philip Neufeld, Executive Officer of Information Technology, Fresno Unified School, California – USA


Friday, 11:00-11:30 | Digital transformation at Curro Schools


  • Angela Schaerer, Head of Curriculum Technology, Curro Schools – South Africa

Microsoft on the Stage (Post-16 Theatre)

Wednesday, 11:00-11:30 | Preparing Students for jobs that don’t exist yet: Teesside University


  • Dr. Jonathan Eaton, Academic Registrar, Teesside University
  • Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Teesside University


Wednesday, 12:30-13:00 | Chichester College’s digital transformation: borderless learning for students and teachers


  • Terry Molyneaux, Professional Learning Coach – Digital Innovation, Chichester College


Wednesday, 14:45-15:15 | {Devel<>p}: a makerspace that fosters digital and soft skills


  • Hannah Mathias, E-learning Manager – Cardiff and Vale College


Thursday, 11:45-12:15 | Using Minecraft as a virtual field trip – an academic’s journey


  • Prof. Tim Thompson, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) – Teesside University


Thursday, 13:15-13:45 | Enable and empower student voice through fostering active learner communities


  • Andrew Sprake, Lecturer in Physical Education – University of Central Lancashire
  • Chris Melia, Learning Technologist – University of Central Lancashire
  • Nick Bohannon, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing – University of Central Lancashire


Friday, 11:45-12:15 | Overcoming barriers of space and time, PLN for better education


  • Esam Baboukhan, eLearning Manager – City of Westminster College


Friday, 12:30-13:00 | Enabling academic and business support staff to improve the learner’s experience


  • Deborah Millar, Group Director of Digital Learning Technology – Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education
  • Elaine Topham, Senior Learning Technologist – Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

Solutions Showcase
| Platinum Suite 1 |Wednesday, 23 January & Thursday, 24 January, 10:30 – 17:15

We will be sharing some of the most impactful stories of Digital Transformation in Education, including real-life K-12 stories from educators who have achieved great things using partner solutions built on, or with, Microsoft’s technology. Learn more.


MakeCode Saturday | Platinum Suite 1 | Saturday, 26 January 10:00 – 14:00

This one is open to teachers, parents and students. Microsoft MakeCode is an open-source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.

As an educator, you will also see how some schools and educators are creating inclusive, engaging learning experiences with Microsoft MakeCode. Learn more about MakeCode Saturday.

For more on Bett 2019 and What’s New in EDU, follow along on the Microsoft Education Blog.

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