Monday, 17 January 2011

zondle at #bett2011 - the results

Zondle attended BETT 2011 for the first time and launched on Friday 14th January. We had an absolute blast, meeting some of 'the great and the good' but also a wide variety of teachers and technology leaders from around the UK and the world.

Thanks to everyone who helped and enthused about the product and gave us ideas for future developments.

How zondle did #bett2011
1) We took a suitcase, two iPads, a laptop, 100 t-shirts and 1000 postcards,
2) We met journalists and potential partners on the Thursday and on Friday morning.
3) From midday on the Friday we set up in a seating area upstairs, laid out our wares and tweeted our location. The result; 10-15 great conversations with teachers and technology leaders and 20 t-shirts given away.
4) We moved on to another location, did the same thing, and ended up giving most of our postcards away and having just enough t-shirts to donate to #tmbett2011 at the close of play.

Why did we do #bett2011 like this?
1) We have no money and definitely can't afford the prices for a stand.
2) We wanted to have a bit of fun and subvert the system (of course there has to be a system to subvert, so thanks EMAP and BESA).
3) Our view after visiting on Wednesday and Thursday was that much of the show was static (with the exception of #tmtakeover) and a bit predictable, we wanted to be that difference.

Things we learned

  • People want to talk about Games-based Learning, a lot!
  • Internationally Britain is highly-regarded as far as technology is concerned.
  • Teachers respond well to doing things a bit less formally and with a sense of fun.
  • Teachers LOVE t-shirts!

Zondle will be back at BETT in 2012, not sure what we will do yet but we will try to maintain the excitement of our experience in 2011.

Friday, 14 January 2011

zondle at #bett2011

Having had a great day meeting fantastic companies yesterday at BETT we are going to be giving our t-shirts out today, telling people about zondle and talking to some journalists about the service.

Follow us @zondle or @bartoneducation to see where we might be "popping up".
Come along to the stand we'll be camping out on and claim your free t-shirt by saying
"zondle - games to support learning".

We will also be at TeachMeet BETT in the evening (6:30 Apex Room) - where we are giving away another 10 t-shirts and hope to be blown away by the amazing speakers they have there.

In case you want a reminder of the t-shirt. Here it is ...

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Zondle is going to #BETT2011

After much debate and a with a little bravado, zondle is going to BETT this year and we are very excited about the prospect. It will be our first outing with a public we have only dealt with via email, our website and twitter over the past few months so we hope that some of you will turn up and say hello.

Zondle likes to do things a bit differently and so:
a) We will only be there on the Friday.

b) We won't have a stand but will 'pop-up' through the day. We will roam the halls and tweet our location every hour or so from @zondle.This is more about being late and having little money than anything else. But we also think it will be fun.

c) We will have postcards to give away to anyone who we can find.

d) We will also have t-shirts and about 50 of these will be given away FREE!

To get a t-shirt all you have to do is find someone in a zondle t-shirt and say:
"zondle - games to support learning"
e) Finally we will be sponsoring Teachmeet BETT 2011 on Friday Night - The Apex Room from 6:30pm. Sign up here:

If you are going to BETT then do please follow us on twitter @zondle, track us down, find out a bit more about zondle and get a FREE t-shirt.

Hope to see you there!