Placing my bet on BETT

BETT is a Mecca for those interested in EdTech. This year, it is obvious that robots for STEM/STEAM have definitely gone mainstream, from Lego Mindstorm to VEX.

And playful and creative learning is one of the key themes to this year’s exhibitions, very much aligning with what we are doing at the lab (check out GameChangers and Remix Play Summit)… and love that BETT is also using Game Changer as its tagline this year… ‘Be the next Game Changer’…. so I unashamedly plugged our GameChangers (design thinking though game making) initiative! :))

Playful hybrid spaces, such as the 360 tent were also a highlight for me as I love pop-up playful spaces that add a bit of drama and a lot of fun to “classroom” teaching.

Sir Ken Robinson’s keynote topped an already great day at BETT2017. His wit and enthusiasm, and of course his passion for creative teaching and learning.

All in all, BETT 2017 has done pretty well. See everyone next year 2018! We hope to showcase some of our work next year.

Getting serious with Lego

Just another week at work – perhaps. Spending 4 days “playing” with Lego bricks may sound like it is just a walk in a park. 3 days down! It has been rather intense with long hours. But it is worth the effort so far. And getting certified as a Lego SeriousPlay (LSP) facilitator at the end of it will definitely be the icing on the cake.

My first experience of LSP was when I was in Alan McShane’s workshop at the Gamification World Congress, where he added a bit of gamification in the LSP process.

The LSP approach has really opened up opportunities for us to uncover and discover new insights and knowledge in a playful and tactile process, i.e. “thinking with our hands”. Looking forward to designing and running our own workshops! More reflections once I have been certified!!! One more day!

Some tweets and pics from the last three days.