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Relax, your campus is future-proof: important school info remotely displayed at a moment’s notice

Why are some elements of school and campus life still stuck in analogue? Electronic paper noticeboards bring your school into the future.

Content displayed on an electronic screen will be seen, unlike student-body-wide email blasts that can go unnoticed or paper notifications that can be outdated or invisible.

The schools of today are not really the places most of us remember from our younger and more vulnerable years – gone are the old chalk-suffering blackboards, cardboard class schedules to carry around in your pocket and the photocopied piles of handouts and learning materials.

Education now is all about smart: smart interactive whiteboards that remember what was written on them and save it to the teacher’s laptop; smart online classrooms where teachers hand out homework and upload course materials; smart tablets and phones that connect the students with the world and all the resources they could possibly wish for.

Why then are some elements of school and campus life not only not smart, but still stuck in analogue?

And no, we’re not talking about the need of the millennial student to schlep around vintage looking accessories – we’re speaking of noticeboards. More specifically, how electronic paper could make them so much better.

Bored of the old board

We already wrote about how important it is to relay important information quickly and transparently, and how often old run-of-the-mill bulletin boards just cannot cut it. Be it in your apartment building, at the DMV, the bank or on campus, the last thing you want is to scan through layers upon layers of paper notices on an old-school noticeboard to dig up the information pertinent to you.

But schools are a bit different: not only is it important to successfully convey the news, updates and schedules to the pupils, parents and staff, there is a myriad of other information that a school or campus needs to convey as well. After all, each school or campus is a little universe of its own, with guidelines, rules, assistance, developments, services and much, much more that needs to be effectively communicated to all of its inhabitants.

Did you get lost? No worries, digital wayfinding on electronic paper is here to help.

A unique ecosystem that is a school

A student on a large college campus for example, will most likely be interested in up-to-date information on class schedules, timetables and room allocation; they’ll want to know all about upcoming school events (when is the next game? Book sale? You know, school spirit!) and keep up with school announcements.

The most flexible means of digitally engaging and communicating with pupils and staff, e-paper can help you make the most of your resources.

But they’ll also want to be updated on news from different school clubs, on the academic or sport results of their university and other school achievements, on what the cafeteria is serving that particular day, the hours when the gym is open, when the health center is operational, important dates coming up, and so on and so on.

Not to mention that the student body, especially freshmen, will very much appreciate maps indicating where they are supposed to find all the halls and classrooms they are looking for.

Electronic rules supreme

Schools have found that not only is updating their staff and students via electronic notice boards useful for communicating up to date and vital messages quickly and easily throughout the whole educational establishment, it is an amazing tool of managing queues or directing students and visitors in busy areas of schools, colleges and universities.

And unlike student-body-wide email blasts that can go unnoticed or paper notifications that can be outdated or invisible, you can rest assured that content displayed on an electronic screen will be seen, especially when it is location-specific and displayed in the key areas of the school – be it outdoor or indoor.

Location-specific campus information on an e-paper noticeboard.

Go smart, go wireless and energy saving

And for an effective, instant on-campus or in-school communication, look no further than electronic paper.

The most flexible means of digitally engaging and communicating with pupils and staff, e-paper can help you make the most of your resources.

Firstly, because of the epaper board’s 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, you’ll be able to update the content of the school digital noticeboards remotely, in an instant. Provide up-to-date information about substitute teachers and other staff changes and change room allocations when circumstances demand.

Allocating a room and making sure that everyone knows about it.

Let your student body and faculty know about different situations that pop up: announce a new development, cancel an event or simply brag about how well your school is doing.

With e-paper noticeboards there is also no need for expensive installation and crazy electricity bills: electronic paper uses so little energy that it can be powered (and for an amazingly long time) by a single battery or even a solar cell, ensuring cost-efficient always-on usage. Because of this there are no pesky wires dictating where and how you can put up your digital noticeboard. Can it be mounted on the classroom door? Of course. Outside, at the quad? Sure, why not?

And don’t worry – electronic paper has no glare and what you put up will be visible even in the brightest of sunshines of your campus greens. Amazing, right?

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