Creating an Eddystone Campaign for Universities using Beaconstac
June 16, 2016
With investment in education technology having reached new highs last year, the education sector seems to be fast moving towards an overhaul. Several experts in education agree that investment in technology is no longer an option but a necessity since it is becoming integral to enhancing experiential learning, facilitating hands-on activities and cooperative learning, fostering pedagogies, and delivering formative real-time assessment worldwide.
Among the emerging technologies being widely tested and tried in schools and universities, iBeacon technology has made a remarkable impression with its easy adaptability and cost-effectiveness. Over the years, we have come across a large number of use cases for beacons in education, these include taking attendance, navigation and wayfinding, content sharing with class-related information, sharing electronic coupons for discounts in the dining area, triggering notifications like current wait-time for a book buy-back line, making libraries more efficient and many more. And, the types of use cases are only increasing.
In this post, we will discuss a very popular use case – resource and content sharing in classrooms. We will talk about how you can easily create a campaign using Beaconstac Eddystone beacons to share study material and lecture content with your students in a classroom.
To get started with your beacon pilot, take a look at our Beaconstac platform, that includes everything you need to kickstart your campaign in under 15 minutes. Using Beaconstac you can set up your own campaign, without a developer’s help!
The objective of this campaign is to share study material and lecture content with Class XYZ students as they enter the classroom. Let’s name the campaign ‘Resources and Content for Class XYZ Students’ and set it to display a message ‘Download the content for the upcoming lecture’.
Step 1: Install a beacon at the entrance of the classroom
Before we begin, the first thing to do is to purchase a couple of Eddystone beacons.
Once you have purchased the beacons, their details such as the UID-Namespace, UID-Instance and URL, will be added to the Beaconstac dashboard (by us) before we ship the beacons to you.
For this campaign, the beacon is named – ‘Resource Centre’, in line with its purpose. Once the beacon details are added, it is ready to be installed.
Step 2: Set up the notification
After installing the beacon, all you have to do is:
(i) Go to the Beaconstac app
(ii) Click on the specific beacon named ‘Resource Centre’
(iii) Click on ‘Edit’ on the top right corner
(iv) Change the ‘Eddystone URL’ which is set to ‘www.beaconstac.com’ by default, to the link you want your students to click on. For instance, if you have uploaded the study material on Dropbox which is shared with your students, you can simply paste the dropbox file share link in the given space for the URL. In this case, let’s say the link is ‘https://www.dropbox.com/s/ar0t9lx1tnnfpt/Physics_Chapter1’
The message with the URL will be sent to all students entering the classroom and in the range of the given Eddystone beacon.
By clicking on the URL, students will be directly taken to Dropbox where they can view the shared content.
Hope you enjoyed making this beacon campaign with us! If you have any views and questions regarding this campaign, you can share them with us in the comments below.
If you are planning an Eddystone beacon pilot, take a look at Beaconstac, that includes everything you need to kickstart your campaign in under 15 minutes. Using Beaconstac you can set up your own campaign, without a developer’s help!