While Beacons are rapidly finding their way in retail, airports, stadiums & museums, they have natural potential for education. The retail industry has been the first to adopt beacon technology, specifically to deliver content to shoppers based on their location within a store. Classrooms have recently seen increase in usage of digital tools and internet in creating better learning experience. But, this has also caused loss of connection between students and the real world. Since, the contextual learning has taken a setback, beacons are playing a critical role in rejoining our digital tools to physical world. This article focuses on how Beacon can support education today.
Beacons can automatically take class attendance
With accurate positioning capabilities, Beacons can track class attendance, provided students have the concerned app installed on their mobile devices. Faculty can easily determine who’s attending the class. Students don’t even have to start the app in order to declare their attendance, it happens automatically as beacon detect devices in their proximity.
Beacons can restrict access to predefined apps based on classrooms
When a teacher with specific beacon enters a class, it will automatically cause restriction on certain apps and allow only those apps which are relevant to the lecture session.
Schools can replace the students’ card readers to grant access
Beacons can be employed to grant access to students to restricted areas like labs, library, auditoriums etc. Students will no longer need to swipe their cards at the card readers.
Discounts at restaurants and book stores
In bookstores, using beacons to trigger notifications for discounts on books especially for the students of specific college or university. Similar uses can be found in restaurants and movie halls to share discount coupons to students.
Beacon guided campus tour and maps
Beacons can be used as campus locator and guide to find out various departments, facilities or event. Interactive digital maps are an effective alternate to the old printed maps.
According to a study by Pearson, 92% of students believe that tablets or smartphones could improve their learning experience. Very clearly, it’s time for schools to adopt usage of smart mobile devices within campuses for easy learning and improved communication.
Using smart mobile devices with innovative iBeacon technology and the Internet of Things opens a host of possibilities and makes the learning experience far more enjoyable.