18 ways interactive kiosks promote efficiency, safety and engagement in the education sector
Safeguarding your school
Not only do kiosks propel business and aid effective learning, they also safeguard the institution with various health and safety measures, which has never been more important than returning to the classroom after lockdown.
1. Keep attendance in check
Kiosks can be used to take the register and automatically log the attendance in the school or education facility’s database. This improves efficiency and reduces the need for paperwork.
2. Producing photo IDs
Photo IDs can be printed via a webcam and printer installed onto the kiosk enclosure. This is less time-consuming than having to go through the office management, freeing up the time of staff.
Additionally, this adds an extra level of security when inviting visitors on site.
3. Safe and secure visitor management
There are many other ways that kiosks can help successfully manage visitors on campus or in schools and libraries, in addition to taking and printing photo identification.
Visitors can sign in at the entrance and register their car numberplate for approved parking, should this be relevant.
Additional devices can be added to visitor management kiosks for added security and safety, such as fever detection infrared thermal cameras, hand sanitiser dispensers, barcode scanners and anti-microbial screens to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs. If you’re interested in security that also mitigates health risks, check out our Guardian Kiosk Family for more information on our products.
For higher security areas on site, biometric scanners can be incorporated, such as facial recognition cameras or fingerprint readers.
4. Location insight
Kiosks aren’t limited to reception or entrances. Kiosks can be used in different locations on-site to check into classes or study rooms.
This is especially important for staff and students with free periods in the case of a fire alarm. Should a person not report to a fire assembly point, there will be a record on the system of their last check in location.
Personnel can either check-in manually on the touchscreen or by scanning a Student or Staff ID on an easily installed barcode/QR code scanner.
5. Timetables at a glance
Timetables for specific students or classrooms can be stored and displayed on a kiosk tablet. This reduces the need for print outs, which often get lost or damaged – a more environmentally- friendly solution.
Kiosks also help scheduling beyond academia. Extra-curricular activities that are held in sport halls or classrooms can be shown on the kiosk, so students can easily navigate the site and remain organised.
6. Organised sports hire
Implementing a kiosk solution can help a school, club or campus keep tabs on their sporting or extra-curricular activity equipment.
Materials or equipment can be hired by staff and students alike by simply scanning their student ID and a barcode on the item that they’re renting out.
7. Simple sign-ups
With an easily accessible touch screen unit, students can easily sign up to clubs, tutoring and societies with very little difficulty. By making joining extra classes or clubs simpler, there are less excuses and therefore more students will be encouraged to take part.
8. Inviting feedback
Surveys will always be important when it comes to improving and maintaining the standards of any institution. Kiosks can help by easily acquiring feedback from visitors, staff and students by deploying the enclosure in an accessible spot with many passers by, such as reception or a central quad.
9. Increasing attention spans
The BBC announced that almost 70% of schools in the UK use tablet devices in the classroom. Supplementing aspects of, yet not completely replacing, traditional education with tablet-based exercises in primary schools is helping children become more focused. The interactive environment excites them, leading to increased attention spans, concentration and enhanced knowledge retention.
Children are now growing up with advanced technology from a young age and the touch-interface of tablet kiosks is user friendly to both pupils and teachers. Tablets and iPads are much more intuitive to use compared to laptops, making them an easy device to integrate into the classroom.
10. Effective classroom management
In addition to taking the register, kiosks can also help manage different groups of students, their timetables and projects of work.
This helps both, the teacher and the student, remain organised and follow their progress.
11. Development of IT skills
A study in Quebec and Belgium at schools that incorporated tablet kiosks into learning found that tablets improved:
- Enthusiasm for the learning material
- The ease of publishing, sharing and searching for information
- IT skills
- Confidence in individual learning
Teachers reported that the efficiency of classroom management and organization improved. Alongside this, teachers can evaluate students, develop their own IT skills and find new ways of teaching vs traditional methods.
Specifically, tablet kiosks installed on lecterns and student desks streamline the learning process; the efficiency of having the internet, informational material and lesson plans distributable between tablets can be invaluable. Security can be ensured via moderation from the school IT team, with a set list of websites only accessible to students via the iPad or tablet kiosk.
12. A campus guide
Universities benefit from kiosks to help visitors and students navigate the campus. Kiosks can clearly and effectively display maps and campus amenities. Additionally, software can be installed so that information can be displayed in different languages and, therefore, the university feels more welcoming for international students.
Braille and headphone jacks can also be added to Kiosk enclosures for increased accessibility.
Kiosks on university campuses are not only functional but they promote the university in a fantastic light, shining above other campuses.
13. Clear electric signage
In addition to interactive kiosks, screens can be used for electric signage. Whether this be for directions or important information, it further endorses the university’s range of capabilities.
School or university branding can be proudly added to all kiosks and enclosures.
14. Encouraging extra-curricular
Similar to school sports clubs, kiosks can be used to sign up for various university societies and can be used interactively within the club.
The kiosk can share a club manual, events, schedules and locations for meet ups.
15. Keeping the campus current
Additional hardware and software can be installed onto enclosures and into the kiosk respectively. The inclusion of modern technology keeps the university ahead of it’s competition and helps the campus and university remain current.
Easy-to-install software allows kiosks around the university to be synced to the same system, so that data transfer is efficient and connected.
Additionally, different kiosks can be used in a variety of scenarios and locations to boost student engagement and satisfaction. Students can efficiently check out books in the library and simply order food in the canteen, all from easy-to-use and intuitive kiosk solutions.
16. Developing libraries: simple book and equipment rental
Kiosk enclosures with added scanner devices are ideal for library settings. Easy-to-install software allows the kiosk to host the entire catalogue of books and equipment and added scanner devices authorises students and staff to scan their ID and the barcode of the book to check it out themselves.
This can also work for renting technology such as tablets and PCs.
Self-checkouts reduce queues, manual data entry, overhead costs, paperwork and increases efficiency.
17. Sharing the menu
Another setting that kiosks thrive in are the cafes and canteens. Screens can display the entire menu and electronic signage on any changes to the menu that particular day.
Additionally, software can be installed so students can order their meals straight off the kiosk, again improving student satisfaction and efficiency.
18. Adding credit
Many students, in both schools and universities, have cards or accounts specific to the institution to order food from. These can also be easily topped up on kiosks with the addition of a payment device. Payment devices can be contactless or chip and pin.
Find out how our secure tablet kiosks can be used at your school or university with our range of custom enclosures and tablet kiosks. Please call us on 01202 892 863 (UK) or 1-888-858-9778 (US) for more information and to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, email [email protected].
Click here to sign up to our monthly newsletter to receive our latest blogs and insights.