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Interactive screens, mobile technology and Shakespeare are unlikely bedfellows.

‘Tis true, but Scholastic, the global education and media company, focused on helping children around the world to read and learn, is using LocaModa’s Wiffiti to make learning Shakespeare more fun.

In their Lesson Plan 5: Summarizing by Text-Messaging Shakespeare, they set out how teachers can safely use mobile technology and interactive screens to engage students.

I’ve taken the following excerpt from their website (the link above is well visiting – they do an excellent job of clearly explaining how to set up an interactive screen experience.):

DIRECTIONS
1. The teacher goes over mobile safety and appropriate use before beginning this lesson.
2. Before students begin reading Romeo and Juliet, the teacher reads the opening prologue. The teacher may also want students to be looking at the words as it is being read by projecting them on an overhead.
3. The teacher asks students to think about the prologue, and to summarize it in 140 characters by using their cell phones to send a text message to the Wiffiti screen that the teacher previously set up.
4. The teacher projects the Wiffiti screen along with the information on how to text to the screen (this automatically shows up on each Wiffiti screen).
5. The students begin to send their summaries to the Wiffiti screen via their cell phones.
6. Once the summaries are all up on the screen, the teacher reads through them and asks the students to vote on which one they think best summarized the prologue.
7. The teacher then selects a piece of dialogue or a scene from Romeo and Juliet, reads it, and has the students summarize the same way as above.

I find this so inspiring – not only in terms of the innovation in education (I wish I had such interesting classes when I was force-fed the Bard) but also because every day it is more and more obvious that media professionals HAVE to embrace technologies that enable dialogues with their audiences.

DOOH pros, where art thou?

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As I mentioned in my last post, while I don’t mind tooting the LocaModa horn when warranted, it’s far more fun to stumble upon great reviews and articles from our users.

One of the best I’ve seen recently is from Pontydysgu: Bridge to Learning, which describes 20 Uses for Wiffiti in the Classroom.

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We’ve had a lot of interest lately from Wiffiti users who are looking for advanced features, more customization, and professional moderation. So, in addition to personal responses (always feel free to contact us directly), I wanted to address some of those issues here as well. Keep an eye on the blog for user questions as they come in.

Most of the LocaModa Feature posts on this blog capture the work we’re doing for major agencies and brands, with massive displays and custom cross-channel integration work. But don’t be put off if you’re a nonprofit or smaller network looking to integrate our services! We’re currently running a Self-Managed Apps Program which offers a menu of advanced features catered to smaller organizations like schools and churches.

We’re also always open to feedback from smaller organizations that have found success using Wiffiti. We’re always adding new features to our roadmap based on your ideas, so keep them coming. For example, after hearing that you’d like a “reveal” feature to showcase the Wiffiti background images at timed intervals, we got to work on integrating this into our custom feature set. We’re also plugging away at a bundle of new options for custom photo display, coming soon to the advanced features list!

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Digital Signage Universe recently wrote a great piece on the growing use of digital signage on campuses.

Some highlights of the article:

Universities are embracing digital signage because it provides a cost-efficient and highly effective method for distributing information that solves the issues of speed, readiness, and reduction of paper… “If a campus spends even a few thousand dollars on printed materials, such as posters or fliers, they would see an immediate return on investment with this technology.”
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