Since the beginning of this year, iBeacon technology is a demanding thing. It is surrounding us with its main feature of delivering campaign. It has been deployed by retailers to increase their sales by push notification, delivering campaign, and customer engagement.
iBeacon also creating smart environment. Places that have deployed iBeacon are now can be called smart environment for iBeacon is one of huge step in Internet of Things. Smart home, smart office, and smart airport are few of the examples. Here is an example of iBeacon deployment in school and the advantages of it.
Stephen Perse Foundation, a group of six schools founded in 1881, was eager to discover how it could be used to enhance student experiences and deliver location-specific content to students of all ages and across all schools. The schools have always been at the forefront of education developments. Following an initial consultation with locly the school decided to explore the following key elements for phase one of a beacon rollout project:
1. Student Beacon App
Student Beacon App is using dynamic content. The content is very easy to create; for example, sharing an iTunes U course is as easy as pasting a link. Any changes or new content created will automatically appear in the app on students’ iPads. Content in the app is shown as bite-sized ‘cards’ that students can browse through easily. The app content is locked-down so that it is only visible to teachers and students when they are nearby a beacon. For additional security reasons both teachers and students must login to the app to access its content.
The information is in the form of text, photos, video files, audio files, interactive widgets, extracts from iBook files, Google Drive documents, iTunes U courses and more.
2. Learning Zone: Cabinet of Curiosities
The Cabinet of Curiosities is an amazing learning space and was the perfect place to set up multiple learning zones with beacons. The Cabinet of Curiosities now has 7 beacons for students to discover as they walk around. Cards are created for each beacon using extracts from the school’s own multi-touch books, which are created using iBooks Author. They also create content using photographs, images, audio and video files, plus some interactive Bookry widgets. Students can now explore the Cabinet to discover content from the beacon that is nearest to them and discover more.
There are also The Visual Arts Centre where students have the freedom to explore inter-disciplinary approaches and experiment with new and exciting ideas. The facility now has 10 beacons all of which have one main function; to tell stories about key pieces of art, including information about the artist, their influences, and how they created the piece, step-by-step. Text, audio and video is being used in the cards and interactive widgets like ‘before & after’ are being used to great effect. Digital art plays an important role at the centre, and beacons are now being used in the creation, presentation and assessment process by teachers and students.
3. Discovery Points: Poem & Blog of the Day
The school library now has its own beacon and reveals a different inspiring poem everyday for students to discover. Students can also tap on a card to open a Google Form to request a book. A beacon device has also been placed at the main school entrance to display a blog card in the morning. Students can read this when they arrive, and it changes to a different blog in the afternoon when they leave. This beacon is also used to send notification alerts to students via the app.
4. Open Day Custom Beacon App
The school can control when and where their app content can be seen. One of the options available to them is to make content visible at all times, not just when nearby a beacon. The school used locly to create an Open Day project. This includes content from their printed prospectus and it is complemented with audio, video and relevant pdf documents. The project was then wrapped-up into its own customised app for parents and visitors to download from the Apple App Store. The app content was also linked to physical beacons around the school so that it became location-aware when visitors were onsite.
5. Sharing & Working in Groups
iBeacon technology introduces a new way of sharing and working in groups. With no need for emails or codes, students and teachers can easily share bite-sized digital content when nearby to each other.
Deploy iBeacon technology now and create your own smart environment. Cubeacon provides you with iBeacon hardware and Backend. Visit www.cubeacon.com for more information.