Education is one of the foundations of any society. By providing quality education to the children of today, the future of tomorrow will be brighter than ever. The 21st century saw the inclusion of technology in multiple spheres of life, including education. Google Glass is the latest technological marvel.
The problem with many students is their inability to properly take down lectures or recall them. Research data suggests that students are either paying attention in class or are busy making notes. Data shows that students taking notes wish they remembered what was being said while those who listen wish they took notes. Google Glass helps to bridge that gap, if not remove it altogether.
Possibly the biggest use for Google Glass in education would be recording notes. Students can easily and effortlessly take quick notes with their Glass in the form of short videos.
Before a class, many teachers prepare the material they will teach and explain using their vast experience. However, for some teachers, even that information is not enough. They want to teach students new things that are not usually in their text books. Fortunately, Google Glass will help teachers teach in ways they never thought before.
Teachers could access Glass and find more information to provide their students with. Moreover, they can access news feeds and teach students about the latest discoveries and advancements. This not only provides more in-depth information to students, it changes the way they perceive learning.
According to information from the United States Department of Education, 42-73% of teachers miss at least 10 out of the typical 180-day school year. While the reasons may be genuine, it is, at the end of the day, the students who miss out on lessons. So, how do we overcome this problem? Other than the solution by the United States Department of Education, we use Google Glass.
Teachers can easily record lessons at home and teach their students. While it is not the same experience, it does help to provide a viable alternative. In case a teacher is out of town, they can still easily teach the class using Google Glass.
Information beyond Information
Field trips to parks, museums, galleries and factories are a common occurrence in the United States. However, on these trips, students are usually limited to the information being provided by the teacher or guide. Curiosity is a powerful thing and students are definitely becoming more inquisitive than ever. Google Glass helps to give students information beyond that given by the teacher or guide.
Using their Google Glasses, students can easily interact with the world around them and find information that will help supplement that given by the teacher or guide.
Some teachers have exceptional memories, able to remember the students in their class with a little more than a glance. Then again, there are teachers who simply cannot remember the names of their students. Fortunately, Google Glass changes the way you remember students.
By simply pointing their Google Glass at a student, their information appears on the prism projector and teachers can easily find out who each student. Moreover, they can learn whether the student is a high or low performer, what their interests are, whether they need help or even what they attained in their last exam.
Despite many advancements and significant efforts over the years, students with hearing or viewing handicaps are still not on the same level as those without them. However, it seems that Google Glass could change all that and bring them onto the same level.
With both audio and visual output, students can as easily hear and/or see the lecture without ever having to worry. Moreover, they can record their lectures and view them later.
Calling Parents - Redefined
Despite stringent efforts by both educational institutions and teachers, there are always student who misbehave. In many cases, the teachers cannot do much, possibly going as far as detention or sending a student to the principal’s office. If anything, they can call the parents. However, teachers may be required to present evidence before they present their case. Fortunately for teachers, and unfortunately for students, Google Glass can help with that.
By providing teachers with the ability to record short videos on the fly, they can easily and effortlessly gather the proof they need to put the troublemaker in place and give other students a chance to learn. Moreover, it can work well to catch bullies.
While it is true that many of these applications will take a lot of time to become commonplace, it is still the future. As teachers, by changing the way we think, read, interact and teach our students, we not only give them a quality education, we equip them with ever-expanding knowledge through online knowledge management software. For students, Google Glass provides a new way to not only learn but to interact with their teachers and the world around them.
Of course, before Google Glass can integrate into common education practice, certain changes need to be made. For example, the battery life needs to be longer; at least longer than a school day. Moreover, its use in school requires certain monitoring policies and restrictions. However, we feel that as time goes on, Google Glass will not only change for the better, but be customizable for different applications.
Moreover, while there may currently be a few applications which have been optimized for Google Glass, there will definitely be plenty more when Google Glass officially launches for consumer use. Furthermore, through experiment and research, the United States Department of Education can merge Google Glass and education in a beautiful symbiosis.
Whether it is a revolution or just another gadget, it is clear that Google Glass is going to play an integral part in not only the way education is provided, but the way in which students learn. However, it seems that we are not going to get our hands on it until 2014. When we do though, it won’t be long until you enter your class with your very own GLASS.