Exhibitors showcased a wide range of goods, from table top computers to mini video cameras and notebooks. At the opening address, Schools Minister Jim Knight reiterated plans to give children from low income families a free computer and broadband access. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the four day event, which ends on 17 January. Becta, the government's agency for technology and learning, say that the show gives those who work in education a taste of what the classroom of the future will be like. Becta launched its schools technology charter at the show, setting out its vision for effective use of technology in education, and asking schools to make a public commitment to adopt what Becta calls 'Next Generation Learning.'
Schools would eventually be awarded their ICT Excellence Award which recognises schools for their achievements in reaching a standard of maturity in their use of technology. Despite a huge array of products and services on offer at the show, a few really stood out. Here is a BBC News snap shot of some of the more interesting ones.