The winners of the 17th prestigious Bett Awards 2015 were announced last night (Wednesday 21 January, 2015) at the Bett Awards Dinner held at The Brewery, London.
The annual Bett Awards represent a partnership between i2i Events Group, the organisers of Bett, the world’s largest learning technology event, and the education sector’s trade association and Bett founders, BESA. BESA managed the judging process, overseeing the impartiality and fairness of the robust, two-stage judging process by a diverse panel. Members of the panel are now revised each year to ensure a broad and fair perspective of the qualities needed in today’s learning environments.
The judges, who are all educational professionals, look for what works in the classroom or the school setting in terms of design, cost-effectiveness, support of higher order thinking skills and effective learning and teaching styles.
Considered the highest accolade in the industry, the Bett Awards bring together developers, distributors and educational practitioners each year to recognise, reward and celebrate ICT excellence in the education sector.
The winners of the Bett Awards 2015 in each category are:
Early Years Digital Content: Day Two Productions – The Traditional Storyteller Apps
Primary Digital Content: Rising Stars – Switched on Computing
Secondary, FE & Skills Digital Content: Soundbitelearning UK Ltd – GCSEPod
Best Whole Course Curriculum Content: 3P Learning – Mathletics
ICT Tools for Learning and Teaching – web based: SMART Technologies – SMART amp
ICT Tools for Learning and Teaching – non-web based: 2Simple Software – 2Build a Profile
Digital Collections and Resource Banks: Encyclopaedia Britannica – Britannica School (Highly Commended: London Grid for Learning – The Tudors in London)
ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions: SOUND FOR LIFE – Forbrain
Digital Devices: zSpace Inc – zSpace Virtual Reality Science Lab
ICT Leadership and Management Solutions: South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) – BOOST
Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources: Just2easy – J2Code
International Digital Resources: 3P Learning – Mathletics
Educational Apps: Red Jumper Studio – Book Creator
ICT Company of the Year –< £1m turnover:
Sonocent Ltd (Highly Commended: Jigsaw School Apps)
ICT Company of the Year – between £1m and £10m turnover: Frog Education (Highly Commended: EducationCity)
ICT Company of the Year – over £10m turnover: Promethean
ICT Service and Support: Toshiba (Highly Commended: Joskos Solutions Ltd)
ICT Exporter of the Year: LearnPad (Highly Commended: Little Bridge World)
Innovation in ICT: Airhead Education Ltd
Outstanding Achievement: Charles Clarke
Debbie French, portfolio director at i2i Events Group, said: “The Bett Awards are recognised around the world as a sign of excellence. This has evolved over the past 17 years because of the increasing calibre of the entries that we receive year on year. Each pushes at the very boundaries of what is new, innovative and possible in technology. This commitment to enhancing and transforming the education sector is something that we see on an impressive scale both throughout the UK and internationally, and we are excited to help celebrate this again in 2015.”
Caroline Wright, director, BESA added: “The winners of the Bett Awards join an elite circle, enjoying recognition within the sector in the UK and from around the world. The Bett Awards will continue to offer educational suppliers the opportunity to showcase their most innovative and engaging resources and provides the sector with a measure of quality.”
For more information, visit www.bettawards.com
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