In recent years, Advanced Kiosks has emphasized the development of its proprietary Zamok™ Kiosk Management Software. The company has released seven turnkey products based on Zamok™ and the kiosk hardware they manufacture. The School Spirit Interactive Kiosk is the latest, and it offers a robust set of features which are designed to promote engagement and involvement in school programs.
The School Spirit product addresses a need at schools which has been growing at an alarming pace, as illustrated by some peer-reviewed research articles.
“Schools are a complex environment that we throw kids into and hope they will succeed,” says Tyler Lipp, marketing coordinator with Advanced Kiosks.
“Over the last few years, facilities and educators have seen a growing number of mental health issues among students, and in talking to customers, we realized that the schools must recognize what students are facing and find ways to support them.”
The data support this as well.
Research has shown that getting students involved in school activities can have positive effects on mental health. Here are some examples:
• A study published in the Journal of School Psychology found that students who participate in extracurricular activities report lower levels of depression and anxiety compared to those who do not participate.
• The study suggests that extracurricular activities may provide students with a sense of belonging and connection to their school, which can have positive effects on mental health.
• Another study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence found that participation in sports and other extracurricular activities was associated with lower levels of depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation among adolescents. The study suggests that involvement in activities can promote positive mental health outcomes by providing opportunities for social support and engagement.
• A review of multiple studies on the relationship between extracurricular activities and mental health, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that participation in activities was associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. The review suggests that participation in activities can promote social and emotional development, which can lead to improved mental health outcomes.
Overall, while there is no guarantee that involvement in school activities will lead to good mental health, research suggests that it can have positive effects on mental health outcomes. Encouraging students to get involved in school activities, including athletics and academic or social clubs, may be a valuable strategy for promoting mental health and well-being.
One of the most valuable components of the School Spirit system is its ability to remind the school community of all that is happening at their school. Throughout the course of a week, the kiosk may promote an academic club, sporting event, tryouts, plays, or any other messaging desired by administrators. Better yet, the software requires no manual updates. It automatically pulls information from current media, calendars, and webpages, all of which are configured during the initial onboarding process.
By placing a School Spirit kiosk in high traffic areas, it greatly increases the likelihood of announcements and important information being seen by community members who might be out of the loop. Additionally, the kiosk can provide mental health screening questionnaires and direct students to services they may require. Individuals who feel uneasy about completing a mental health check-up on the kiosk within view of passersby may use dedicated QR codes that allow them to quickly scan and bring the content with them on their mobile devices. This provides easy access to mental health resources while avoiding the stigma typically associated with those types of interactions.
Reach out today to consult a kiosk expert on how adding School Spirit Interactive Kiosks could improve engagement and well-being within your school community.