From K-12 to higher education, bustling school campuses have a reliable need for digital displays — not only to teach and engage but to inform, guide, promote and celebrate.

Flat-panel monitors and interactive displays are now common in classrooms, and they’re increasingly popular across campuses as attention-grabbing communication tools to inform educators, administrators, students and parents alike. With their ability to support a hybrid learning environment, these displays are even more important in today’s classrooms, which incorporate both in-person and remote learning.

Digital signage technology has dozens of uses in education. These seven applications are some of the most popular for interactive displays in classrooms and on campuses:

1. Collaboration hub

Most students have brainstormed on a chalkboard or dry-erase board, and they know the frustration of having their work erased before someone has transcribed it or taken a photo. Samsung’s innovative Interactive Pro comes with built-in annotation tools, so educators and students can use them to open documents, take notes and then save, archive, retrieve or email the output — right from the screen.

Allowing for highly active collaboration, the Interactive Pro offers a user-friendly, whiteboard-like surface that can also function as a digital display and run full-motion video. The screen features a smooth, pen-to-paper writing experience with multiple input capability, so up to 20 students can write on it at the same time.

Since the interactive whiteboard connects seamlessly to videoconferencing solutions, remote learners can feel like they’re in the classroom even when they’re learning from home. The intuitive technology makes it easy for teachers to accommodate all their students, near and far.

2. Creativity central

Along with its smooth writing functionality, interactive whiteboards allow students to create digital works of art, with brushstroke modes that support watercolor and oil painting styles. Thanks to the smart board’s embedded InGlass technology, students can draw without any lag. Their work can be easily archived and retrieved on the school network, and it can be emailed or saved to USB. The Interactive Pro is simple enough that even preschools are using them for fun and for instructional activities.

3. What’s for lunch?

Digital menu boards are now common in quick-service restaurants (QSRs), and the same benefits apply to school cafeterias. These digital menus quickly, accurately and cost-effectively convey food options at order counters. Common areas where students have lunch are ideal places to relay the cafeteria’s food options and daily specials. The digital menus can also display nutrition tips that promote healthy eating choices.

4. On-campus announcements

Outdoor LED signage on your school’s marquee can communicate upcoming events or other campus-wide news to parents and students as they arrive on campus and when they leave. In lobbies, hallways and other busy gathering points on campus, wall- and ceiling-mounted flat-panel displays can easily reach the entire school population. Students are more likely to miss (or ignore) announcements, reminders and other key information when they’re delivered via traditional tools like an intercom.

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Digital displays’ messaging can be relayed prominently and repeatedly, reminding students, staff and parents of forms that need to be completed and returned, promoting an upcoming school event or celebrating a team’s state championship.

Outdoors, high-brightness displays allow larger campuses with many buildings to communicate announcements to visitors or deliver wayfinding that guides them to the appropriate room. These screens are purpose-built to always be legible and vibrant, even on the sunniest, most glare-filled days. They also have the engineering to work reliably in extreme weather — even baking hot, freezing cold, drenching rain and tree-bending winds.

5. Automated alerts

Paired with management software such as Samsung MagicINFO, digital signage displays operating on a school’s network can be preconfigured to share alert messaging based on real-time data (from internal or external systems). In partnership with education-focused IT services firm HAVRION, Samsung interconnects school building safety systems and sensors. If, for instance, a carbon monoxide detector goes off, it automatically sends a predesigned alert message to on-campus screens, letting everyone know the safety protocol.

6. Streaming videos

Many schools are replacing their existing TVs and cable boxes with smart signage monitors that support IPTV and video streaming. In hybrid and blended learning arrangements, classroom screens can include remote students’ video streams, allowing for full-fledged two-way interaction and engagement. And in common areas, streaming-ready screens can share everything from remote lectures and overflow views of a sold-out school event to a live news feed.

7. Remote learning

Facilitating an engaging, interactive classroom is uniquely challenging. By using a webcam monitor with built-in speakers, such as the S40VA webcam monitor, educators teaching from home can quickly and easily set up their virtual classroom from their kitchen table, and remote students can do the same. A 178-degree viewing angle paired with crisp, clear video and audio ensure teachers can see and hear all their students so everyone can focus on the lesson rather than troubleshooting technology issues.

The learning opportunities don’t stop there. Discover more ways teachers can use interactive displays to increase student engagement and improve their outcomes in this free guide. Not sure which display best suits your education needs and your budget? Browse Samsung’s full lineup of innovative interactive displays, versatile enough for a variety of use cases.

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Dave Haynes is a well-known veteran in the digital signage industry. He consults to some of the world’s largest brands on their digital signage strategy and technical needs, but also spends time mentoring start-ups. A former daily newspaper journalist, Haynes has for the past decade written a highly-respected blog about digital signage, Sixteen:Nine. Follow Dave on twitter @sixteennine

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