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Glass in the Classroom Part 2: Different Uses

As stated in my previous post, Google Glass is one of the new tools that will help make teaching easier for all of those involved. As more and more devices are made and people use those devices, there will be ingenious ways to have them help facilitate learning.

I can already think of numerous ways Glass could enhance the classroom learning experience. I'll try to expand on each of these points later on. If you can think of any other ways, please feel free to email me and I'll type something up!

  • Helping presenters by displaying notes.
  • Showing students a demo of an object, area or display.
  • Display student questions and answers

Using cutting-edge technology, I have recreated what this would look like on the HUD.

Thank God for paint!

Displaying Notes

Personally, nothing will ever beat (yet) having a piece of paper or typed up notes for a teacher or student. For quick notes though, Glass could start to be of use. You could be presenting a slideshow or talking about a topic and quickly flip through notes on your HUD. Whenever you come up to a point where you would need to use those notes, all you would need to do is look at the top-right of your visual field and see the notes. There is already a great app for note taking for the Glass, EverNote. This is a great note-taking app in general and could definitely be used in the office or in class.

Showing a live view of an object/area

I think that this functionality will be utilized more in the engineering, arts and anything dealing with tangible objects that are the focus of study.

A professor that is currently giving a demo of an experience could be wearing the glass and performing the experiment at the same time. This will allow him to talk, use both hands for the experiment and have the viewers see exactly what he is seeing. The added immersion will help aid education by really putting students right into the experiment (not literally, that would be bad).

For example, say you had to show your machine room rack to someone. You could easily throw on Glass and walk around the machine room while talking about the rack. Below is a quick demo of me showing one of my office’s machine room. A person could easily walk around and demo something while being hands free.

Google Glass Video Recording Demo from William Karavites on Vimeo.

Here is a quick demo showing the quality of the Google Glass video recording capabilities and a quick example of a way you can use Glass to show off an object.

I'm walking around my offices machine room and showing off one of our racks while simultaneously talking about what i'm seeing.

Displaying student questions & answers

Wouldn't it be great if you could manage and easily access the questions & answers your students have? Perhaps in the future, Glass will be able to integrate with iClickers and show you student responses to your questions. Once students are done answering a set of questions, the reponses could be formatted to fit on the HUD and show you the average responses.

Another way it could work is to show you questions that the students currently have? If it is a large classroom, you could have the student's questions pop up on the HUD in real-time. This will allow you to continue to teach while also keeping track of their questions.

I would think that devices like Glass would work the best in larger size classrooms because this would allow a professor/teacher to walk around while still being able to possibly control the slides without relying on their hands. They could talk into the device and say things like "Go to slide 5", "search for cause of Polio" and have the results directly sent to the screen.

Not there yet...

While Google Glass may currently be a cool tool or toy to use and test out in the classroom, it is not yet mature enough to be a fully featured add-on to education. This should not deter you though from trying it out and seeing what you can do with it. Educators that test out new technology will allow the future to see what is really needed and what can be done away with. These early adaptors allow engineers and developers to see:

  • How people REALLY use a tool
  • How people WANT to use a tool
  • How to make it less of an extra tool and more of an extension of ourselves.

There will always have to be a first step in any undertaking. You can't climb a mountain without climbing up the first molehill.

Glass in the Classroom Part 2: Different Uses
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