Mac users in education are promised a wave of innovation at next year's BETT show.

The event takes place ar Olympia between January 12-15, and has evolved as a launch platform for new products that extend education through the use of technology, and forum for UK government announcements relevant to the sector.

BETT 2005 is themed as 'Take hold of the future'. It will feature 550 exhibitors, hundreds of speakers and features including a Special Needs Village and a four-day programme of seminars.

Apple is listed to exhibit at the show. Customarily the company uses BETT to explain new strategies and show new products announced at Macworld Conference and Expo, San Francisco, which next year takes place between January 10-14.

Broadcast focus

Broadcasting will be part of the focus at the show, with a Create at BETT area, where students will use digital video technologies to conduct live interviews, editing the footage in order to file daily show reports. The event will also see the launch of Teachers' TV, a channel for people working in schools.

Teachers' TV will offer new teaching ideas, classroom resources and education news. It will be available on cable, satellite and Freeview, with an "extensive Web site".

NESTA Future Lab will debut its Innovations show case. This area aims to show educators the types of resources they will be working with in 5-10 years time, with 12 cutting-edge projects showcased.