March means only 1 thing…never mind Spring, Mother’s Day or St Patrick’s Day…it’s that time of year when thousands of hungry teachers descend on Birmingham in search of freebies and educational inspiration – at the Education Show.
Although we had hoped to have a stand there this year, it all felt a little too rushed, so we decided to play the part of ‘guest’ once again and go in search of the best that the Education Show had to offer.
In all honesty, I have to say that the show wasn’t as impressive as previous years have been. The hall was definitely much smaller and some familiar faces were either missing or present but with much smaller stands but it wasn’t all doom and gloom – there were some great products there and this is basically a summary of just a few…
It was great to see Rory’s Story Cubes there and we had the absolute pleasure of meeting him – what a top guy! Couldn’t resist buying a few packs… £30 got you 3 sets of his fabulous cubes and a great class pack full of posters and different ways to use his resources. Well worth a look > Rory’s Story Cubes
Monster Play had some fantastic outdoor area equipment, designed to make outdoor play as fun, safe and energetic as possible. We had a great time on their Rock ‘N’ Cross and Jay was very pleased about beating their ‘hold on’ time record.
We were delighted to have woken early enough to grab one of the free goodie bags as you walked in – and even more pleased to find a free pack of ‘Smencils’ (worth £4.99) in there. Deliciously scented pencils made from recycled newspaper! These would make great incentive gifts for children in your class and I believe there is also the possibility to use them for fundraising. Check them out!
I was very happy to find out just how much heavier muscle is than fat, thanks to Health Edco – they had some really interesting products that help bring health education to life and I can keep telling myself that it’s just muscle, every time I stand on the scales 😀
No surprise that the Olympic stand was a big hit – probably something to do with the official ‘Olympic Torch’ being there and Jay was very excited to have his picture taken with it. I believe the London Olympic Mascots were there on Friday but Saturday was a little disappointing as there weren’t many useful goodies to be had (such a shame considering it might be another 60+ years before the event is held in the UK again).
And last but certainly not least…we were totally blown away this year by ‘FROG – More than just a learning platform…’ and they certainly got that right. This VLE brings pupils, parents, teachers and community together like never before, in a simple but fun and relevant learning environment.
Having been one of the unfortunate teachers that had to trial our awful Local Authority LP, it was refreshing to see how effective they can be, when properly designed and utilised by the schools.
Make sure you check them out
If you’ve not been to the Education Show before then it is well worth a visit. Entry is completely free but you will need to register before hand. Bring your colleagues along to make it a fun day out! We hope to see you all next year.