BETT 2012: Thanks to EdSurge friend, Ben Barton from zondle.com, for sharing his observations from London's BETT conference last week (which has noticeably taken on a very Scandinavian flavor). Curiously enough, this was Apple's first absence in ages, which just so happens to coincide with Google's first attendance, where it featured an education platform based on Chromebooks and Google Apps. Dell made a semi-splash announcing its "Next Generation Learning Platform," which so far sounds like a cloud platform for learning tools and a dashboard to manage accounts and data. Smaller noteworthy companies were Night Zookeeper, an arts and literacy project that won London's Startup Weekend EDU, and stealth startup Flooved, working on the "Spotify of Textbooks." And the most eye-catching feature? That'd be the Teachmeet Takeover, where exhibiting companies gave up precious booth time for teachers and kids to share their experiences with tech tools.