Happy New Year 2011!

    Bernadette Brooks
    By Bernadette Brooks

    In the last three weeks ……


    Most of us have been away from the office and had a restful break in preparation for this week’s NEEC event and BETT2011 next week. We hope you have enjoyed a break too, hopefully brimming with festive cheer with not a cold or flu bug in range!


    This newsletter covers many of the events that we are involved with at BETT and there could be more as our telephones and emails have been buzzing incessantly this week with news of gatherings, seminars and other opportunities for attendees of the show. We will do our best to alert you to any not to be missed events and will add as much as possible to our website at www.naace.co.uk/events/bett2011


    Needless to say we are looking forward to meeting many of you there – please don’t be coy, make the Naace stand (J42) your meeting point and catch up with all we are planning in the year to come and meet friends old and new. Be sure to introduce any new friends to Naace too so we can keep our organisation strong for the challenging times ahead.


    We are delighted with the strong set of nominations for the Naace Board of Management and wish all candidates well in the elections. Closing date for that is next Friday 14th January at 12 noon. Results will be announced at the AGM on Saturday at 12.30pm as given above.


    Thanks to the volunteers who gave their time over Christmas to set up the voting system. We are very grateful to you as always.


    Thanks also to Rachel Ager for helping to man the Naace stand at the excellent NEEC conference at the Blackpool Hilton. Good to see some of our Naace Sponsors there especially Synetrix, Classroom Monitor and NFER as well as a familiar Naace faces from the North West Region in particular.


    Rachel will also be presenting to a Hong Kong delegation of 40 school personnel, academia, educational publishers, electronic content providers, IT sector and others, including Mr.Kenneth Chen, Under Secretary for Education in Hong Kong, at a briefing session in London. The group is visiting BETT2011 to look at the development of ICT for learning, and actual practices of e-Learning in other parts of the world as well as to explore collaboration opportunities with overseas business partners. A briefing session will be held on the morning of 10 January 2011 for networking and fostering collaboration opportunities between the UK and HK partners. All UK business partners and consultants who are committed to support the implementation of e-Learning are welcome. Please contact me today at bernadette.brooks@naace.co.uk if you are interested in attending this briefing.


    So from all at the Naace Office I wish you a very happy new year. We look forward to working with you through the weeks and months as we endeavour to continue to advance education through the excellent use of ICT in 2011.