Renaissance Learning at the BETT Show 2015
By Ruth Atkinson
Representatives from Renaissance Learning were out in force at the BETT Show 2015 last week. BETT is the largest exhibition of technology in education, attracting more than 35,000 visitors over the four days at ExCeL London. In addition to an exhibition stand, a programme of professional development training sessions took place in a dedicated Gallery Suite room.
On the stand
Our team welcomed a large number of visitors to our stand over the course of the show. Customer Services and Coaching staff were on hand to meet with our customers and answer their questions about the changes to STAR and the new Reading and Maths Dashboards. Several teachers and librarians were asking about motivating their students more effectively with Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths, and came away with some top advice to put into practice.
Members of our team were also demonstrating the speed and ease of the STAR Assessments, showing visitors to the stand how quickly students can be tested and how informative the results are for planning and teaching. Similar demonstrations were taking place for Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths, giving a hands-on experience of the programmes and information about how they are used in classrooms across the UK to accelerate learning.
Arbor had a presence on the stand, showing senior leaders their concise reports of school data and identifying where programmes like AR and AM can make a difference when inspectors visit. A representative from RM Education was also on hand to demonstrate the seamless integration between the RM Books ebook platform and Accelerated Reader.
In the Gallery Suite
A programme of professional development sessions took place in a dedicated gallery suite room. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main exhibition space (and with a refreshing mug of tea or coffee on hand!) teachers and librarians heard from leading practitioners from across the country and expert coaches from our team. Sessions covered a wide range of topics, from preparing for Ofsted with AR and STAR to putting literacy at the heart of learning.
Next up: the Education Show
BETT may be over for another year, but we are already planning for the Education Show (19-21st March, at the NEC Birmingham). We will be hosting professional development sessions and speaking to visitors to our stand. It is free to attend, so do register online now and reserve your place. Visit education-show.com to find out more about the show.