I thought that RM did a great job again with their Future Learning Spaces Exhibition at BETT. I thought the layout was better this year and gave a real feel for what you could do with not a lot of money, not a lot of space but with a lot of creative thinking.
Here are some of the things that I liked:
Flexible space to create areas where children can sit and collaborate at different heights. Everything is movable which means the space can be used for a discussion, lecture, group work or on-line activity.
New for this year were these colourful Lamu chairs. They have been designed for early years education and I have to admit they are really cool. Great on their own and great when placed together to form a bench.
I also liked the USB Hub to charge up your Easi-Speak Microphones.
Lots of Lego. I love Lego (almost as much as Con Morris). RM has recently formed a company with Lego (they own 50% each). The focus is looking at the use of Lego in education in particular to look at collaborative activity and to introduce key a difficult concepts on a contextual way (such as renewable energy).
The RM VerTable remains on of my favorite bits of classroom equipment in recent years. I’ve written about it lots of times before but the combination of a short throw projector, a flexi-table which can be positioned vertically...
...or horizontally and an e-beam is a really neat be of kit which can be used for traditional presenting as well as group activities.