As a reseller or systems integrator, when you recommend a comprehensive digital signage solution for an educational facility you need to think about the needs of everyone involved:
Today’s students are digital natives. They want an exciting class time and an engaging learning environment that increases productivity and concentration. They want personalized learning that fits their level of content absorption and encourages them to research and study. They want easy material sharing for seamless in-class activities and discussions, and a clear view of resources from teachers and other students.
Teachers want to provide a high-quality education, with clear supporting materials. They want efficient delivery of materials according to each student’s level, and convenient sharing of resources between teacher and students, or among students, to facilitate collaboration. They want to organize course material not only for teaching but also for reference by other teachers and students. They want to easily update the material and set it up quickly for the next class.
School administrators want a technology-oriented facility that supports teachers and students with a wide range of information. They want an organized environment for administrative staff to support the students’ families with efficient paperwork and requests. And they want a smart school image that reflects its fast adoption of technology and attracts student enrollment.
IT directors want durable and reliable technology, with simplified maintenance of hardware and software. They want easy installation and compatibility with their existing network provider’s system and content management solution. They also want responsive service with prompt personal attention to deal with problems, compatibility issues and support for special features.
How can digital signage meet these needs?
An Elevated Appearance – Large-format displays and video walls can create a high-tech, visually stimulating appearance that will appeal to students, alumni and visitors alike.
Dynamic Educational Content – Using digital signage, instructors can easily prepare and provide a broad range of educational content to support student involvement and greater lesson comprehension.
Real-time Content – Availability of real-time content and video sharing via digital signage makes the teacher’s job easier and more efficient even in tele-education applications involving multiple locations. Every student receives the same content at the same time.
Seamless Classroom Communication – Teachers and students can share content from their devices (BYOD) to the digital signage display over a Wi-Fi network. This greatly improves collaboration in classrooms and lecture halls.
Interactive and Self-paced Learning – Students’ individual use of interactive whiteboards in class can provide personalized learning where each student can progress at their own pace. Such an environment can result in higher levels of student achievement.
Easy Campus-wide Communication – Digital signage with embedded SoC can enable centralized content management and faster, Greener updates of educational materials and displays. This results in a much more effective administrative process and cost/time efficiencies.
Emergency Alerts – A campus-wide digital signage network allows an administrator to quickly push important information out to a single display, a group of displays or every display on the network.
High Reliability and Easy Integration – Commercial-grade digital signage is engineered for long hours of continuous operation and includes a commercial warranty and comprehensive support. A campus-wide solution can be flexible and work with the system the facility wants to use.
Digital signage can excel at getting the right information to the right people at the right time. As educational facilities transform into tech-centric environments, instruction and communication will have no limitations.
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