Wearable technology has become a hot topic in the tech industry, with many insiders designating wearables as the next big thing that will positively transform every aspect of our everyday lives. Although wearable technology is relatively new in the market, it impacts a variety of sectors, including education which is just beginning to experiment with these technologies. The possibilities of exploiting wearable devices in higher education are endless.
Here are some possible uses:
- Enhance Communication: Students can automatically send information via wearable devices in the form of email, text or social networks, based on gestures, voice commands or other indicators.
- Google Hangout: Professors can wear Glasses during lectures to open up a hangout session so students can participate from distance. Teachers can also create real-time connections with home-schooled students taking education beyond the classroom.
- Document lessons: Students can use Glass to take notes and bookmark key parts of texts, as well as to access extra-curricular content provided to them by the lecturer.
- Translation: Interestingly, Glass can provide real-time language translation for foreign students.
- Facial recognition: Educators can take advantage of the special application for facial recognition that Google Glass features, to help them identify their students and easily recall their names.
- Promote safety in labs: Smart jewelry or other accessories could draw students attention to hazardous conditions in chemical laboratories.
- Virtual reality: It gives students real-time interactive fieldtrip experiences to difficult-to-reach locations.
- Interact with instructors: Professors can receive questions from students with Google Glass during the lecture. This enables students who are reluctant to ask aloud, to text their questions directly to the lecturer, who will view the texts with Glass.
- Identify learning difficulties: It is also possible to poll the student audience to see whether they are understanding complex concepts during the lecture.
- Problem-solving: Enables students and teachers to engage in interactive, problem-solving games inside the classroom.
- Teachers View: This feature allows an instructor to watch a colleagues lesson and offer suggestions in real-time that appear in the teachers eye-line.
All in all, Google Glass is innovating education by bringing a plethora of positive additions to classroom technology capabilities, enhancing both the teaching and learning experience for educators and students respectively. To get a broader idea of how Google Glass can be used in education, check out this infographic provided to you by Open Colleges.