Virtual Inductions: A tool to aide your school transitions

Attending a school open day is something of a lasting memory for both parents and pupils. The complete unknown, stepping into an environment often ten times bigger than the school you’ve spent your early childhood years growing up in. The walls seem taller than buildings in cities, the corridors seem to go on forever. Rooms are filled with excitement, opportunities and things you don’t yet understand. Gyms filled with high end equipment, giant trampolines and gym mats. I personally still remember my secondary school open day as if it was yesterday, my heart pounded with excitement as we sat down to watch the Year 11 dance group perform and I sat thinking “that’s going to be me”. 

Today’s generation is totally different. Focused around gamification, immersion and living in a digital world. What do we do to appeal to this kind of audience? How can a school bring that level of excitement in a way that relates to them? It’s no longer just a walk around the school, they want to feel that they’re going somewhere completely unique that will allow them to develop in an ever changing world. So what better way to be at the forefront of creativity and innovation than with a virtual induction.

You may have heard the words virtual induction thrown around before or even seen a couple of examples, but what exactly is it?

A virtual induction is an immersive way to showcase your facilities. Using high-end 4K equipment, infrared scanning and tagging, virtual inductions allow the user to explore a space digitally or be guided by a path created by the school. Virtual inductions can be taken to the next level by using interactive tags throughout that could include quizzes, FAQ’s or even pop up video introductions to meet key staff or more information about a specific subject. 

Many schools want to get people through the door to see the school in person which raises the question, is a virtual induction actually beneficial? The answer for us is absolutely and here are some quick reasons why:
 

  1. Virtual Tours have been proven to be a useful tool to those with additional leads by allowing them to get comfortable with an environment before visiting in person.
  2. Using interactive videos throughout the tour allows coherent information to be given to the user and ensure you are giving the right message.
  3. The style of virtual inductions are very similar to how a player on a PlayStation game might explore an environment. This creates a very immersive and fun experience for the user which will make your school memorable.
  4. People have super busy lives and may not have the opportunity to attend any of your open days. A virtual induction not only allows parents and pupils to explore but also makes it something that they can do together at home.
Choosing between a virtual induction or a physical open day shouldn’t be an either or using both allows your school to give a true focus to how you want to present your school, appeals to a wider audience and also leaves you with a fantastic resource to use for years to come.
Thinking of getting one done? Here are some quick FAQs:

  1. How much do they cost? The cost does vary depending on the style of virtual tour and the size of your school but for a basic 360 tour this can be done for as little as £400. Prices are calculated based on a day rate.
  2. How long will my tour last? Tours are completely hosted on our platforms and can be active for as long as you like.
  3. Where does the tour go? Once a tour is complete, we send over a document that includes a link to share on social platforms and emails as well as an embed code which allows the tour to sit directly on your website.
  4. How do I see who has viewed the tour? The backend of the platform allows you to see analytics of how many visits you’ve had to your tour and when they visited.
  5. How long does it take? For a basic 360 tour it can be scanned and built in under a day. For a full walkthrough it depends on the size of space but mostly can be done within a day plus some time for editing. 

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team and we’d love to discuss ideas for your virtual induction. 

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