Time to face facts, schools and educational services need to gear up and ramp up the service if they are going to appeal to modern students. Simply ordering students to sit and listen for hours is wearing thin, and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to engage with students. Learning is still a chore and this is a problem for teachers. They need to find ways to make learning more engaging, and digital signs are one way to do that. Here are six educational benefits of using digital signage in schools.
1 – It Bridges The Online-Offline Gap
Let’s face it, young people are addicted to screens. To TVs, PCs, laptops, tablets, handheld games and Smartphones. In truth, they would be fools “Not” to be addicted to screens since they make life easier and more fun. However, transitioning from non-stop screen action to books in a school can be a little jarring (especially after holidays or global pandemics). Digital signs help bridge the gap, and teachers can use them for everything from showing how a white blood cell attacks bacteria, to showing people directions to the exam halls.
2 – Inspire Students With Visuals
The example given above is quite apt. Simply describing how a white blood cell works is fine but showing how it works adds a whole new level of depth. If students can see how things work rather than having them described, then it makes learning more interesting. If you can inspire students with visuals, then it powers their learning. It is far better than having information barked at them and hoping they care enough to want to learn more.
3 – Fewer Missed Appointments
Putting information on digital signs means that students are reminded when the exams are, when they should be taking certain classes and when groups are meeting. It is like a digital message board, but instead of being in just one place, the same messages appear on all the signs in the schools. Plus, on exam days, digital signs are great for showing students which halls they should be for their exams and such.
4 – Stuff To Note Down or Memorize
Rather than having students note things down from the board, they could take full notes from the digital screens in the classrooms. If there is something they need, they can scan it using a QR code from a digital sign. Or, they can note down the parts they need. This frees up the board so that teachers may use it, while also making sure that any needed information is still on a sign for students to use. Plus, having digital signs showing information all the way through lectures is always a good idea. It is like when you first learn poker and you need a cheat sheet to keep reminding you which cards are good and which are not.
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5 – Digital Signs Are Cheap
When schools have a tight budget, the last thing they want to do is risk money on a learning tool that doesn’t work. Thankfully, as chronicled by the Kitcast blog, digital signs are one of many electrical devices that have become cheaper and cheaper over the years. The fact that digital signs are so cheap means that their potential use can be expanded beyond taking up space in the A/V closet.
6 – Give Students Visual Demonstrations
Describing what should be done in something like a textiles class or chemistry class is a little dry and is often open for interpretation. Whereas a video demonstration helps guide people through the process more easily. It also leaves far fewer opportunities for mistakes. It also takes a bit of work off of the shoulders of the teachers and TAs because they don’t have to circulate the room and answer questions on how a task is supposed to be done.
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