Wearable technology such as Google Glass is the latest development in teaching and learning. But how will it be used? Teachers are naturally asking themselves what “connected education” will mean for their students. Read on to find out.
Wearable technology is the latest advance in “connected education”. There’s no doubt that it’s a growing area – the reason that teenager Thomas Suarez is currently coding numerous apps for Google Glass. Glass in particular has huge potential for education. It is lightweight and the fact that it is completely hands-free means that it can be used to observe a range of activities. We’ve taken some ideas from this infographic to bring you a few interesting ways that Glass can be used in the classroom.
- Gym teachers can use Glass to add to workout footage they take of students.
- Coaches can wear Glass while carrying out a particular technique (such as a pitching a ball) in order to demonstrate it from their perspective.
- Wearable technology is being used to encourage physical activity in general. Some wearable devices are designed to encourage physical activity in children, such as the Leapfrog’s activity tracker.
Create Instructional Videos
Glass can be used to make “how-to” videos that are more useful than regular education videos since they show the point of view of the wearer:
- Practice Videos. Students wear Glass to record themselves solving a problem (for example, calculus). Teachers can then assess and correct the method used.
- Diagnostic videos of motor skills. Wear Glass and record physical activities such as building something so that teachers can review motor skills.
Learning a New Language
With the right app, and with Google Translator, Glass can be used to learn language (or not, as this tweet suggests):
Word Lens is out for Google Glass, this mixed with Google Translate on Glass means I will never have to learn another language!
— Maff Mace (@maffbm) November 20, 2013
Distance Learning & Remote Collaboration
Glass could make it easier to learn for those students who have to study at home:
- Used to collaborate remotely on group projects, or for students to help each other with homework.
- Remote tutoring: The teacher and the student can both use paper at their respective locations instead of screen-sharing software.
- Glass can make it extremely safe to view lab demonstrations and experiments close up. These can be broadcast to a screen.
- Students can record science lab experiments to supplement their notes.
— Theneeds Science (@tn_Science) April 10, 2014