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Education Technology and ICT at BETT 2012: 7 Things to do afterwards

There is always a danger that no matter how good an event is, it will turn out to have very little impact in the longer term, as you forget what you saw and more pressing concerns vie for your attention. Here are 7 suggestions for preventing that from happening.

One of the halls at BETT 2012 on the last day

Meet the team

Arrange a team meeting for as soon as possible after the show. Have each team member say what three things most excited them, and three new ideas they picked up, plus what needs to change in your current practice. OK, “three” is an arbitrary and artificial number, but you get the idea.

Plan ahead

Draw up an action plan for following up. That may take the form of arranging visits to other schools, or demonstrations from suppliers, or introducing some new ideas into your lesson plans.

Meet the leaders

Arrange a meeting with the Headteacher or other senior manager as soon as possible after your team meeting. The aim is to discuss with them what you learnt at the show that may impact what you are doing, or the school’s plans. If you discover that you are ahead of the game and don’t need to change anything at all for the time being, that is in itself an outcome that needs to be conveyed to your boss.

Make sure that you are well-prepared for the meeting, especially if you will be suggesting changes in what the school does, or you wish to ask for extra funding.

Also take into consideration whether your boss is a shoot-the-messenger type, if you need to report back on a new – and unwelcome – Government direction.

Give feedback

Give feedback to the rest of the staff on any key messages you picked up from the show. This is as much for diplomatic reasons as anything else: for some reason, there are people who believe that spending 12 hours travelling and walking around all day along with thousands of other people is the equivalent of a day off.

Be patient

Allow at least a week after the show to hear from any suppliers to whom you gave your business card.

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Be in the grapevine

Find out what others thought about products and events seen at the show. Use the tags  mentioned earlier, and searching the blogosphere for posts about BETT, eg on Technorati.

Find out what I’ve seen and thought

Check the ICT in Education website for news and reviews about the show.

This has been taken from the Unofficial Guide to BETT 2012, which is free. It will be not ALWAYS be available, so pick it up NOW!

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Reader Comments (2)

Some great points Terry. I'd like to add an eighth if I may.
I feel it can be important to take the initiative after the show and to contact any person or organisation that impressed you at the show. Make it clear to them why they impressed you, maybe it wasthe product they were selling, the service they were offering, or perhaps just the professionalism or helpfulness of their show staff.
If they have something you would be interested in trying or buying, say so but also make it clear if you are not buying. After all you do not want to be badgered by sales calls.
It can always help to stay in contact with potential suppliers r influential organisations as a result of a short meeting while at the show
January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoug woods
Thanks very much, Doug. Yes, I wish I'd thought of including that -- especially that's exactly what I've been doing almost all day long! Assuming it's OK with you, I'll add to tips book for next year (credit given of course!) Cheers

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