Tuesday, 19 April 2011

TES North and the Geography Association Exhibitions

After exhibiting games-ED at BETT 2011, we didn’t know what to expect of our next two exhibitions. So here is the low-down on TES North and the Geography Association.

TES North
Located in Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX), the TES show was certainly easy to get to given we are based in Stockport. As a good Mancunian, firstly let me say that Manchester Central is an excellent venue. The show itself was somewhat of a mixed bag partly due to the fact that many of schools had already broken up! But, we met up with some very interesting people in particular a few chaps from India and Singapore, but I can’t say any more at this stage.

TES focus wasn’t really technology, so instead let me highlight a couple of other stands that I spent some time at:

Aqualease provide educational live fish aquarium for schools and children centres etc. With excellent educational and health benefits, our fish aquariums are fully installed complete with fish and then looked after for you on a regular basis.

Circus Zapparelli are a collective of experienced performance and visual artists who deliver workshops and services in schools, including circus shows and workshops; stiltwalking acts; musical entertainment; an eco powered Christmas Sleigh-and-Grotto; we also undertake willow weaving projects for inside and outdoors spaces, including living willow sculpture.


Geography Association Conference
This year the conference and exhibition was held in Surrey University in Guildford.  Next year it will be in Manchester – yay.

As part of a conference, the exhibition was small (maybe 50 stands). The show was a success for us with a lot of interest in our products coming from the geography teachers. We also had a lot of PGCE students interested and we plan to run a few games based learning workshops to arm a new generation of teachers with our games based learning approach games-ED.

My personal favourite stand was Gapminder. For those who don’t know much about Gapminder, you should check out this You Tube video, where Han Rosling (the man behind the tool) delivers a tour de force performance at TED

Gapminder can be used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view.

At the Geography Association Conference Han Rosling spoke. On the stand, his colleagues were playing a stats based roulette game using a projected image of their gapminder software. Players had to predict how they thought certain countries had faired when judged against life expectancy and family size from 1950 to 2050.

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