Visitors can now register for their free pass to attend BETT 2011, the world’s largest technology in education show which takes place from 12-15 January at Olympia, London, online at www.bettshow.com/register.

Now in its 27 year, BETT 2011 promises to be the place for educators to source free advice on procurement and improving school standards in the face of change. Visitors are encouraged to touch and test the latest technological products and services from around 700 exhibitors, and engage in the wide selection of seminars available in continuing professional development (CPD) seminar programme.

The seminar programme covers four specific topics - management, curriculum and assessment, innovation, and training and development. A host of features at BETT 2011 include the Central Feature, led by Professor Stephen Heppell, which explores 'learning for less'. Demonstrations from children working with IT products will bring the feature to life whilst a series of seminars reflects how educational technology can be utilised effectively and efficiently to enhance the learning process.

Last month, the BETT Awards partners, Emap Connect and BESA (The British Educational Suppliers Association) announced the launch of the 13 annual BETT Awards to be held on Wednesday 12 January 2011.

The BETT Awards highlight exemplary technological products and innovations for the education marketplace and runs alongside BETT.

Winners are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.

The 2011 awards promise a fresh new look, including a new category, Environmental Sustainability and a new "fair and robust judging system" and process.

The BETT Awards 2011 will focus on the impact of ICT products and services in the classroom or school in 13 distinctive categories as suggested by BECTA in consultation with Emap and BESA, to ensure continuity.
 
The BETT Awards 2011 categories are:
·         Early Years & Primary Digital Content
·         Secondary, FE & Skills Digital Content
·         Tools for Learning and Teaching
·         Digital Collections and Resource Banks
·         Special Educational Needs Solutions
·         Digital Devices
·         Leadership & Management Solutions
·         Environmental Sustainability
·         ICT Company of the Year
·         ICT Exporter of the Year
·         ICT Education Partnership
·         ICT Service and Support

The final category requires no entries, as the shortlist and winner is decided by a separate group of experts
·         Outstanding Achievement in ICT Education

The organisers note, for 2011 an entry fee of £175+VAT per product (£155+VAT for BESA members) will apply.

Award entries can be completed online at www.bettawards.com until the closing date Monday 4 October.

A shortlist will be published at the end of October. The winners will be announced at a prestigious gala evening event on 12 January 2011, the opening day of BETT. More details can be found at www.bettshow.com.