Tech&Learning UK announces Bett 2017 Best of Show winners
The winners are: Avocor for the AVX-7510, 75” display including InGlass touch technology; Boxlight for Labdisc, an all-in-one, compact complete sensor lab; Dell for its Latitude 11 Convertible (3189) with Dell Productivity Active Pen (PN557W); Sensory Guru for Mobile Magic Carpet, a mobile interactive learning solution; Smart Technologies for its Smart Board 6000 Series interactive display with iQ; and Veative for VR Learn, an all-in-one educational virtual reality headset.
Heather McLean, editor at Tech&Learning UK, commented: “The competition between each of our entrants was incredibly high and both I and my co-judges were faced with a difficult task in selecting the winners. In the end, the results were incredibly tight thanks to the fantastic quality and innovation shown by all our entrants.
“However, the winners each stood out from the crowd for their all-round excellence, and the value they will contribute to both educators and students over 2017 and going forward. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the entrants for making this first Tech&Learning UK Bett Best of Show a tough competition,” McLean said.
Other entrants in the publication’s inaugural Bett Best of Show were: Actiontec for the ScreenBeam 960 enterprise-grade wireless display receiver; Agent 42 for Acer’s Chromebook Spin 11; Barco WeConnect, a collaborative learning solution; Crestron EMEA for its HD-MD-400-C low cost huddle room and classroom presentation solution; Extron Electronics for the SMP 111 recording and streaming processor for lecture capture and distribution; and Vivitek for both its NovoDS digital signage solution and NovoPro collaborative presentation system.
The products were judged on five criteria: ease of use/maintenance; richness/relevance of feature set; value for students/educators; versatility; and originality.
Judges commented on the winning products:
Avocor AVX-7510: “This interactive display gives educators exactly what they need; cutting edge technology that is incredibly easy to use. Just connect and you’re away using Windows 10. It’s that simple.”
Boxlight Labdisc: “Truly innovative, robust, hand-sized science 'lab' used with most tablet devices. Packed with up to 14 sensors measuring anything from sound and motion to air pressure and distance, in four different versions covering either general science, physics, biochemistry or the environment and catering for all key stages.”
Dell Latitude 11 Convertible (3189) with Dell Productivity Active Pen (PN557W): “Robust, versatile and light convertible (2-in-1) laptop well equipped for rough handling, with 360 degree flexibility, and designed for both Windows and Chrome operating systems.”
Sensory Guru Mobile Magic Carpet: “A truly innovative product that opens up new worlds of education and learning for students of any ability, from mainstream through to those with severe SEN requirements. Revolutionary.”
Smart Technologies Smart Board 6000 Series interactive display with iQ: “A complete end-to-end, education-relevant display that includes the complete Smart package of software, content and simplicity. A comprehensive ecosystem in one.”
Veative VR Learn: “Students are going to absolutely love this. It is set to bring the best of new technology to the classroom in a way that will stimulate, enthral and encourage learning, while being easy to use and curriculum-relevant.”