The UK's key education and technology event, BETT 2006, begins tomorrow (January 11), and podcasting seems set to emerge as a critical technology at the show.

Specialist education television channel (funded by the DfES) Teachers' TV will launch podcasting as the latest platform for its programming at the show. This means teachers will be able to subscribe to Teacher's TV news and watch the reports on their iPods.

There are already 700 shows available to view online from the channel, so podcasting seemed a natural next step for the public service broadcaster.

Podcasting's education promise

Apple will also be at the show, hosting a series of in-depth briefings and keynote speeches by Mac-wielding education pros - also with a focus on podcasting, both as a natural communications tool and also as a classroom project for encouraging collaboration and group learning.

Apple will be hosting podcasting-focused talks four times a day at the show at its stand. Others - including BBC Blast's [email protected] and the NAACE will also be offering podcasts at the show. The [email protected] area will play host to small gangs of pupils who will be making movies, music, animations and Podcasting.

Mac OS X Server already carries built-in support for streaming and distributing podcasts, with particular regard to the education markets.

Long-time Mac developer Kudlian Soft will also attend the show to introduce its newest product - Podcaster. This is an easy-to-use product with full iLife integration that allows users to create podcasts simply by dragging-&-dropping elements into an iMovie-like timeline. It supports video, audio and images. Price to be announced.