BETT 2019 was our best BETT Show yet, exceeding previous year’s records and all our expectations. We had many key moments across the 4 days as we showcased the value of Future Ready Skills Certifications in education at BETT and as always, it was fantastic to connect and engage with so many educators and partners.
On the Friday of BETT, we launched CertMatters.Live 2019, our annual educator conference which will be held on 14th June in the British Library. 100 of the best educators at BETT received an official Free invite from Prodigy Learning to celebrate the launch. To redeem your Free CertMatters.Live ticket, visit CertMatters.com Website and enter the unique code. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are still on sale here: certmatters.com
The huge social engagement on our @certmatters Twitter account included amazing giveaways, #CERTatBETT candidate success photos, panel discussion insights and much more! Catch up with BETT 2019 – Twitter Highlights if you missed them.
Three very note-worthy highlights from our experience at BETT 2019 are:
1. #CERTatBETT Microsoft Certifications Testing Lab
#CERTatBETT Microsoft Certifications Testing Lab set a Record of 1013 Microsoft Certification Exams delivered across the 4 days. At BETT 2019, in partnership with Microsoft and Certiport, all attendees had the opportunity to experience a Microsoft Certification Exam for free, delivered for the first time ever on Compass, the new web-based exam delivery platform from Certiport, powered by Microsoft Azure. All exams were delivered in the Cloud!
Among those experiencing Certification Exams, groups of students earned MOS Certification and digital badges which they shared on social platforms, proving their digital skills to employers when they enter the future workforce. One educator became a MOS Master in a day, completing four certifications and another educator achieved 7 MTA’s in 2 hours. We even had a family of four come in to complete their exams! Over 100 educators are returning to their classroom after BETT as Microsoft Certified Educators, full of confidence and certified in the use of technology in the classroom to support better outcomes for their learners.
Candidates success was amplified throughout BETT on @certmatters account, congratulations to all those who left BETT with globally and industry recognised Microsoft Certifications, including Chris Rothwell (Director of UK Education, Microsoft UK), Karen Kocher (General Manager, Microsoft, 21st Century Jobs, Skills and Employability Worldwide) and Brooke Haag (STEM Evangelist, Worldwide Education, Microsoft) all from our partner and host, Microsoft.
2. Future Ready Skills Certifications Booth
Our joint booth with Certiport in the Microsoft Partner Campus gave us the opportunity to speak with passionate educators from across the globe, new and existing customers, partners and friends discussing the value of Future Ready Skills through the delivery of Microsoft Certifications in Education. These certifications drive productivity in the classroom and increases employability prospects for students and adults.
Certiport’s Compass was launched at BETT 2019 and attendees were the first in the world to
experience as many certification exams as they wanted, including
Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Technology Associate and
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams.
3. Increasing Employability with Future Ready Skills – Microsoft Solutions Showcase Session
We delivered a showcase session with Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council (RCT) Wales on the Microsoft Solutions Showcase Stage, titled ‘Increasing Employability with Future Ready Skills’. An inspiring panel discussion in which RCT showcased their successful digital transformation, implementing a computer science curriculum to 128 schools with the new Coding in Minecraft credential, Microsoft Certifications & Future Ready Skills with the help of Prodigy Learning.
Panelists included Beth Watson (Director of Channel and Partner Marketing, Microsoft), Brooke Haag (STEM Evangelist, Worldwide Education, Microsoft), Jeff Johnson (Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft), James Protheroe (Assistant Headteacher, Darran Park Primary School), Matthew Davies (Deputy Headteacher, Treorchy Comprehensive School), and Martyn Silizen (14-19 Strategy Officer, Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council) who accompanied Prodigy Learning’s Sarah Snowdon (Digital Skills Specialist) to discuss their unique success story.
One of RCT’s many achievements showcased was how embedding Future Ready Skills resulted in students being employed within the NHS.
A massive thank you to our partners Microsoft and Certiport, and all the amazing educators for helping to make our time at BETT so enjoyable, it was a pleasure to meet and catch up with everyone. A lot of brilliant and promising discussions were had around Future Ready Skills and Microsoft Certifications and we look forward to progressing and moving forward in 2019 with you all.
We are already looking forward to BETT 2020 which will take place in January from the 22nd until the 25th, it is an event to mark in your diaries and not to be missed! For anyone who wishes to follow up after BETT and get more information don’t hesitate to email us.