These days, educational institutions from K-12 schools to colleges and universities, have at least one thing in common — their primary audiences are products of a new “digital generation”. By the time they reach school age, today’s youth are almost completely immersed in the digital world and students become accustomed to getting their news through digital screens. That’s one of the many reasons why progressive schools are ditching the old-fashioned bulletin board and outdated posters in favor of the greener, more hygienic, more dynamic alternative that is digital signage.
Here are the top 5 ways to use digital signage in your school and some sample screens to get you inspired:
#5 Connecting Students & Campuses
Many college and university campuses are so big and sprawling that they can resemble small cities. Digital signage can help foster a sense of connection between students no matter what building or campus they attend. Try displaying your school’s RSS feed or social posts to help build a sense of community around your school and its students.
Need even more programming for your digital sign? ScreenScape provides free software accounts for collaborators. Have your students share media items with your digital signage network controller like student newspaper headlines, event footage, sports highlights, vignettes, and interviews.
#4 Celebrating Student and Faculty Success
By recognizing student and faculty achievements, digital signage can be used to reinforce your school’s core values, boost student morale, and demonstrate your school’s commitment to academic excellence. Success stories are important to a school’s reputation and promoting them through digital signage is a tactful way to impress and encourage students and other stakeholders that might be passing through campus.
#3 Promoting Events
Don’t bother printing out paper posters for the next “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance. Digital signage is an excellent way to keep your school population informed about sports games, rallies, guest lectures, and other events. Keeping your students well informed of upcoming events will help to increase participation, boost attendance and foster school spirit.
#2 Visitor Information
Students aren’t the only people moving around your school. Parents and other visitors also come through your doors on a daily basis. You can reach out to these groups using your digital signage. Basic information like parking information, bus schedules, operating hours, trivia, fun facts, and upcoming holidays can go a long way in enhancing these people’s experiences while on your grounds.
#1 Promoting Student Well-Being
Today’s students depend on more than just textbooks in their learning environments. Some students can become overwhelmed or feel unprepared during the course of their educational experience. Why not use your digital signage to provide information on tutoring, special classes, study tips, and how-to messages? A timely message offering support or extra help can be a “make or break” moment for a struggling student and can even help decrease your drop-out rates.