The versatile nature of digital signage is ideally suited to both schools and campus environments. With the right software, you can curate a variety of content options on the go that serve a host of entertainment and information functions. Here are some great ways to utilize digital signage:
Widgets for the weather, news headlines, traffic or even uber route fees can be displayed in a variety of formats on multiple screens and at any specified time of the day. This is useful real-time information available all of the time.
QR Codes. These allow the user to scan a Quick Response code displayed on the screen and instantly be given certain information. This could be linked to a web URL for signing up to a class or event. It could be updated class schedules or really any kind of information.
Wifi Connectivity. Display the wifi name and password so that there is no need for anyone to constantly ask staff the same question over and over again.
Introducing Staff or Students. You can show photos and a short bio of a new teacher joining the faculty or highlight a student’s recent achievements.
Daily information notices. Digital signage allows you to update daily notices and information across multiple screens immediately and without having to write or print.
Safety & Emergency Notifications. All screens linked to the signage network can be used to display vital safety information in case of an emergency. This can be used to direct people and give them practical information
Quotes. Digital signage is the perfect way to share daily quotes on campus and perhaps even add some humour as well.
Trivia is a wonderful way to exercise the mind and digital signage can be used to pose trivia questions or clues. The answers could even be linked to a QR Code. This is a way to get students to participate in a campus-wide quiz with possible prizes for participating students.
Countdowns. Using a countdown for holidays, exams or any special event is a fun and useful way to use digital signage. This can be displayed consistently or periodically throughout the day.
Digital Directories. Digital signage can be used as a directory to show where classrooms, offices and facilities are. This looks better than traditional directories and you could also use interactive features like touch screen way-finder maps.
Donor Information. Digital signage can be used to show information about donations or acknowledge existing donors.
Classroom scheduling can be tricky. With interactive screens, this is done immediately on the screens themselves and students and teachers can quickly see if a room is booked or when the next availability is.
Birthday Messages. Schools and universities have a database of student birthdays. Acknowledging a student or teacher with a birthday message and possibly a photo is a great way to increase campus unity.
Lost & Found. Quickly post a photo and description of an item a share across all digital signage screens. This is a quick way to get things found.
Scholarships and Internships. Digital signage can be used to show information about scholarships such as the basic requirements and any closing dates for application. A campus can be divided into individual departments where information about internships can then be displayed for each specific course.
Social Media. Link social media streams like Twitter and Instagram to the signage network. This can display topical news content or trending topics globally.
Infographics are a captivating and educational way to display all kinds of information. You can use existing infographics or even create your own. Digital signage lets you move away from heavy text and display engaging and informative content whatever the need may be.
Life Hacks are techniques used to manage and make your life more efficient. These are great for students who need to balance studying and learn how to budget for example. These can be simple, entertaining and useful.
Memes are a favourite amongst millennials. This can be a great way to connect with students through humour and you can schedule these during appropriate times like breaks and after hours. There is no shortage of viral memes available and this is a zero-cost way of adding fun content to your content offering.
Photography. Displaying imagery from sporting fixtures or theatre productions is a fantastic way to showcase the school or university and bring attention to a number of different activities ongoing at the campus. This can also include behind the scene photos of new facilities being built or class camping trips.
Whatever your preference for content is it is important to use software that allows you to manage a variety of content with ease and that offers great value for money.