The increased proliferation of technology in the classroom has changed how students learn. New mobile classroom technology has created an efficient and effective way of making resources available to your students and faculty.
However, these digital tools have also brought a disconnect between your students and the physical world.
Deploying beacon technology in schools is a way to bring that connection back and help the students interact with the world through a channel they are familiar with and already understand.
Beacons let you bridge that gap between digital devices and the physical learning experience.
This type of interactive connection using classroom technology and beacons is very valuable to say the least. It will help you adapt to the growing demands of the digital age, while still keeping the students linked to the real world.
To help you better understand what you can do with beacons in the classroom, we have found 3 perfect examples of schools that have created an interactive experience for their students, teachers and parents through beacons.
1. Clevedon School
Clevedon School in the UK has found a nifty way to leverage their Clevedon Handbook App and the 1,200 iPads they have deployed for their students.
They have created a new system that integrates the app with beacons so teachers can provide different resources and content to their students the moment they enter a classroom or move into other specific areas within the campus.
To manage this new system Clevedon created a “Beacon Management Interface,” giving teachers an easy and convenient way to manage and update the different resources they are providing their students.
This interface also allowed teachers to set when and where the resources should be distributed, making the process seamless and automatic.
This particular example shows you how beacons can automate content management and the distribution of resources helping to provide a more personalized, context based experience to every student.
2. Dulwich College
Dulwich College in Singapore is one of the first schools in Asia to use beacon technology. They have integrated their school admissions and campus tours app with iBeacons, allowing them to leverage the location-based technology to provide interactive tours for parents and students within their campus.
By placing beacons throughout the campus they can trigger in real-time interactive content like building information, school facts, student work and important school resources to guests and potential students as they enter each beacon enabled location on campus.
Dulwich is now gearing up to further expand it's beacon program by providing contextually-based learning content within their classrooms.
3. Kuwaiti Abraq Khaitan High School
One area that often gets overlooked is the interaction between the school and the parents. The focus tends to be on how classroom technology and wireless networks are benefiting your students and staff but not the parents, which in many cases are just as involved anyone else.
Kuwaiti Abraq Khaitan High School for girls has changed noticed this oversight and has decided to do something about it.
With the help from Dutch company Snakeware they developed an intuitive and simple to use mobile interface allowing parents to quickly access content and information while they're attending parent specific events.
They distributed their Estimote beacons throughout different departments and locations around the school's campus and then paired them with "Lightcurb" which is a beacon management tool from Snakeware.
This gave them the ability to push their content and information out to each parent when their device (enabled with the app) moved into a beacon enabled area.
Using these tools the school has been able to provide parents with guided directions, a schedule of the meetings and even the exam schedule for a specific subject their children are taking.
Adding even more flexibility to their system, the school’s staff can also manage the different pieces of content through Lighcurb’s content management tool, this gives them the ability to seamlessly update the information and customize it according to their specific needs.
The growth of beacons in educational institutions is nothing short of remarkable. From these examples alone, we see that schools are approaching location-based technology from many different angles.
Clevedon targeted the classrooms for a new way of learning; Dulwich zoned in on making the campus tour experience as interactive as possible; and Abraq Khaitan chose to push valuable information to parents.
There are almost an infinite amount of ways your school can leverage beacons and contextual-based solutions that will change the very dynamics of your school.
And remember for projects like these to be successful, they should always be designed for the users. Every interactive strategy should be based on applications that are simple to use while still providing the most value possible.