5 things your signage should do

A familiar story…

A screen in the school reception area bought with the idea of sharing and showcasing student work. After months of showing a clock, the weather and the same 6 images it was turned off, gathering dust on the wall. The software that was provided was too clunky and certainly not user-friendly. There was also the issue of how to get student work on to the screen without involving a load of processes or upsetting Sam from IT.

It needn’t be like this and, with the right tools in place, digital signage can become a great showcase for all that is good in your school. Here are some ideas to help #switchOnYourSignage along with examples provided by the public embed feature from TrilbyTV.

1. Promote your school

twitter feed from @trilbyTV

You’re probably already doing this on a daily or hourly basis through a service like Twitter. Many schools are allowing staff to actively contribute to the Twitter-sphere and the tweets from these staff make excellent signage content. If you are already adding photos and snippets of the day to Twitter, showing that content on screens means they are always fresh and current showing today’s progress.

2. Be up to date

slideshow from a field trip

A member of staff with an iPad is your roving reporter. The built-in cameras for photo and video mean they can capture media anywhere. Think about how great your signage would look if pictures from the field trip happening today were showing back in school. This adds value to that expensive trip out, letting the whole school see what their friends and colleagues are up to and sharing in the experience, and makes a great viewpoint for parents who can see what their children have been up to on their trip.

3. Give Students a voice

Sample vlog weather report using Green Screeen from Layton Primary School, Blackpool

Students are creators. More than ever we all have access to the equipment to capture, record and publish our thoughts, ideas and opinions. Consider tasking some students to gather video from their friends and fellow students around a hot topic of the school. It could be the latest sports team updates, reporting back on a successful project or picking something current from world events. Knowing that the end result will be pushed to signage screens around the school will encourage students to perform well and aspire to showcase.

4. Share best practice

Video needn’t be a student only focus, staff when encouraged can also make good use of the many cameras on devices they have access to. How about capturing evidence of best practice and sharing this to a screen in the staffroom. With rolling examples of outstanding classroom practice staff are learning every time they grab a drink. Staff room screens also make a great place to showcase tweets and encourage CPD – see our previous blog post for more on this.

5. Celebrate success

a sample TrilbyTV title slide

In its simplest form, signage is just that – a sign. The ability for anyone to easily grab an image and add a message on any device they are using will see more being added to the screen than ever before. If a student has done good work, grab a picture of them looking proud and celebrate the “Student of the day”. Take a picture of morning assembly to remind everyone throughout the day of the inspirational message. Word of the day or this weeks’ subject focus also makes great content to show in between the rest of your rich media.

TrilbyTV is the perfect tool to help do all of the above and more. If your screen is off or your digital signage solution is old, slow, clunky and not easy to use, get in touch with us today via www.trilbytv.co.uk/trial for a free 30-day trial.