• Toshiba’s Mark Byrne talks technology ahead of BETT 2016

        • At Bett 2016, we will be showcasing the practical support, products and solutions we offer to aid today’s schools. We believe technology is a powerful tool for the education environment and can support a range of aspects of the school day, whether this is bringing lessons to life for pupils, or helping faculty members keep in touch from different areas of a campus. 

          Mobility and flexibility are becoming central to a student’s education, with learning now taking place in the classroom, at home, in the playground and beyond. 2016 will see us provide the education market with solutions which enable learning in any location, and so our stand will focus on celebrating this theme of technology in other environments. 

          At present, there isn’t a great deal of best practice examples available to help illustrate how technology can be best used in environments which lend themselves to education beyond the classroom, so we’re dedicating our stand to bringing this to life.

          We will be encouraging visitors to put our expertise to the test and bring their common challenges to us to help them solve, allowing us to highlight additional solutions we can recommend to not only solve these issues but provide informative learning and instant feedback to students. We want to get teachers thinking about the range of technology available to them and how it can be used.

          Of course, in order to use these solutions, educators need the right devices that can be used on the go. Hybrid devices such as our Portégé Z20t are perfect for the education sector because they combine the standout features of a tablet and a laptop, providing a versatile, reliable, and quality experience at an affordable price. For example, the device’s integrated Intel WiDi allows teachers to stream their own or a student’s workings out onto a whiteboard for the whole class to see, encouraging interactive learning.

          This not only ensures schools are getting maximum use out of their investments, but also saves valuable teaching time as there is no need to set up a projector or a separate piece of equipment. However, it’s also important that teachers understand these types of use cases and how to get as much out of their devices as possible, maximising student learning and ensuring schools are getting the best use out of their investments. This is why we will be showcasing how we can support educators across all these areas with hands-on demonstrations of the latest options available to them.

          Our stand will also be host to a range of guests from the education world, including students from the Maths in Motion challenge, which is an initiative that encourages young people to pursue careers in engineering. The students will be using their mathematic skills to create the optimum racing car on Toshiba laptops ready for a competition on the Friday at Bett. This will all be shown online via a Google Hangout which other competing schools can monitor and interact on.

          Toshiba will also be hosting ICT evangelist Russell Prue and his live radio show. Microsoft Ambassador for Education and firmly established ex-head teacher, Charlotte Beckhurst, will be demonstrating the value of digital lesson plans on both Google Docs and Office 365, helping to give visitors an idea of the range of benefits and possibilities open to staff who choose to use Toshiba devices. Our team will also be showing visitors lesson delivery software that enables students to advance their education and teachers to provide immediate feedback, perfect for flexible and mobile learning.

          Mark Byrne Head of Corporate, Public Sector and Education Sales at Toshiba

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