Is Google Glass suitable for schools?

Is Google Glass suitable for schools?

Summary: Does wearable technology have a place in future classrooms?

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Moving on from mobile hand-held devices, technology firms are now exploring the possibilities of watches, headsets and wristbands. But can such innovation have a place in the education sector?

Google's Glass headset is one of the most high-profile examples of this technology. Currently within the developer stage -- before being released to the public next year with a $1500 price tag -- Project Glass is a headset complete with a single lens. The lens adds a virtual layer on to a user's surroundings; displaying information to the wearer including location, social media feeds and data on the environment.

A number of companies have already begun developing applications suitable for use with the headset. Game developers, news outlets, stock brokers, fashion rags and blogging firms are only a handful of those producing applications -- while Google itself is seeking ways to monetize the headset with emotion-registering advertising.

There are a handful of apps, including storytelling boards and note takers, which could have a place in our schools, although the full potential of wearable technology is yet to be explored. Students could wear jewelery that alerts them when working in chemical laboratories to hazardous conditions, wearable cameras could take thousands of photos on offsite geology digs or at performances, and wearable mobile sign language translator pendants could be developed that recognize hand gestures and translate them into action.

"One of the most compelling potential outcomes of wearable technology in higher education is productivity," InformED writes. "Wearable technologies that could automatically send information via text, email, and social networks on behalf of the user, based on voice commands, gestures, or other indicators, would help students and educators communicate with each other, keep track of updates, and better organize notifications."

InformED's infographic is posted below:

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This post originally appeared on SmartPlanet.

Topics: Education, Emerging Tech, Google, Google Apps

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  • Is Google Glass suitable for schools?

    No. Is Google Glass suitable for anything? Again the answer is no. ZDNet is really hyping it up.
    Loverock-Davidson
  • Google glass

    Like any other tool Google glass has its uses. Unfortunately its misuse is easy. It has no real benefits over a tablet or a laptop other than size, and those are not that big or hard to carry around. Those too can be misused, but it is somewhat harder. Google Glass is a threat to privacy and I would not want it in my classroom, my home, or my place of business.
    hayneiii@...
    • "I would not want it in my classroom, my home, or my place of business."

      Ditto. And I would include "not within 500 feet of my person."
      Userama
  • I actually wonder

    If anybody that cares about how they look would ever be seen with that monstrocity on their head ?
    sjaak327
  • It's goooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnne

    I could see using it for instructional videos from mlb.tv, especially during the World Series.
    Robert Hahn
  • Sure it is

    that is if you want the school district to be responsible for the kid's deteriorating eye sight by being forced to use this.
    William Farrel
    • By the way - everything the said is doable right now without the glasses

      and this actually sounds like it would makes students and teachers LESS involved with each other.

      The one thing it does teach is that nobody needs to overcome any fears, use technology as the crutch.
      William Farrel
      • Well not only that if some hacks makes it possible to have porn available

        on that, we have another problem like sexting to handle. That not only wastes time, but also cause of another headache at schools. Already the social networks are helping things become worse, but this add fire to it.
        Ram U
        • No need for a porn hack

          It will take less than a week before it is used by some kid (boy or girl) to video record another teen in the gym shower or the bathroom.

          Anybody who thinks that Glass is suitable for a school is completely delusional and lacks basic understanding about reality.
          wackoae
          • Agreed. I missed it. Thank you.

            n/t
            Ram U