From grade school up to the world of higher education, institutions of learning are always eager to innovate in ways that enhance experiences for students and faculty members alike. It's obvious that digital channels have taken center stage, and according to Digital Signage Today contributor Laurie Marshall, 97 percent of students like to learn with the help of tech tools

But aside from tablets and other hands-on devices, what technology can educators leverage to create a more productive and welcoming learning environment? For many schools, the answer is digital signage, which is improving experiences for learners and teachers in many aspects. Here are four reasons why schools should be using signage solutions right now:

1. Community development: While classroom learning is the primary focus of the education system, there is also a huge community aspect that must be cultivated through the use of digital signage systems. Schools can display information about upcoming events and highlight exceptional academic, artistic and athletic performances.

"Inspire students to work hard and stay involved."

When implemented correctly, signage inspires students to work hard and stay involved. With a strong community dynamic underpinning the daily routines of students and faculty members, a school will find that everyone is happier, healthier and more focused on their goals. 

2. Cleaner, direct messages: Every school has endured the hassles of a cluttered, confusing bulletin board, or a cafeteria littered with flyers and notifications. By incorporating a digital signage program, an institution can dramatically reduce these annoyances and create a more streamlined system of messaging across classrooms, hallways and even outdoor areas. After all, today's schools must maximize the use of every square foot. 

"Digital signage can free up that space, make approval for posts mandatory and impossible to get around, and put the maintenance in the hands of one or two staff members rather than multiple users," stated Digital Signage Today contributor Laurie Marshall.

3. Bridging the college gap: Many high schools across the country struggle to send students to university following graduation, but well-placed signage can help to keep their eyes on a brighter future, according to an article from Screen Media Mag. The source stated that secondary schools are now streaming social media feeds from local colleges to encourage and inspire soon-to-be grads. 

"This content is a great way to expose students to activities at the universities they may go on to attend," explained contributor Barnaby Page. "It helps motivate students to perform and paves the way to admission."

4. In case of an emergency: It's something that nobody likes to talk about, but emergencies happen frequently in school and university settings, and it's important that institutions have strong alert systems in place. While audio and text message systems can work well, the visual element is necessary to ensure that everyone is kept in the loop should something go wrong.

Every school will have its own set of priorities when it comes to incorporating signage, but with these ideas in mind, leaders can be sure that they'll find a useful application for these versatile tools.