As a Technology addict and ICT teacher, I’m always on the look out for new and innovative ways to progress the learning experience for all students, in an engaging style. I’ve been researching and monitoring the developments of Google glass for some time now and pondering; how can Google Glass technology be used to enhance the 21st century learning experience for students?
First of all, what is Google Glass?
Google Glass is a small device fitted to a pair of glasses. It functions by allowing you to record what you’re seeing, view a heads-up display of information with (via specific apps, with more coming out day by day) and has a touch pad on the right side of the glasses, this touch screen provides a way for you to control your pair of Glasses. It can also be operated by verbal command.
How could teachers use Google Glass?
As we await the much anticipated release date and price tag we can only image it’s potential, unless of course we were lucky enough to be part of the beta testing. So here are some early thoughts and possible ways to embed Google Glass within the learning experience:
- Collaboration: Students could use a pair of the glasses and record conversations with other students on any topic and in any location. This could be a great way for students to review the way they interact with others; ‘a day in the life of….’
- ‘First person’ video: Teachers could utilise the first-person recording functionality by pre-recording learning episodes and also by setting various differentiated tasks to different students all at the same time.
- Translator: Presenting text based translations in real time. This would be helpful in language learning and students would have the benefit of real time decoding of languages.
- Research: students can have a web browser available and this could be used for searching information, bookmarking important pages for later use and much more. New apps would make use of resources such as Dropbox and e-mail access to save and share their research with no hassle.
- Maps: Again this could be used to explore a particular location prior to visiting or even as a heads up ‘real time’ navigational tool, when for example, on a field trip or visiting a city for the first time.
As more information emerges and the technology evolves I’m sure that the possibilities will be endless, but for now I will continue to explore and think about educational applications……Follow @gary_s_king