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The rise in new, cutting-edge technology and its uses and implications for education has been a boon for educators, parents, and students alike. Classroom experiences are improved and opportunities to retain and store learned material with mobile devices and tablets, some created specifically for the classroom. Video games have made the curriculum list at some colleges as a means to study narrative and history. Students are able to access information from almost anywhere at any time, expanding on notes from the classroom, potentially generating greater discussion and opportunities for learning.
Google’s not-yet-released glasses are one of the new tech devices that are expected to dramatically impact the world of education. Google’s glasses are designed to enable users to gather information about the places, people, and objects around them, in real time, right on the lens of the glasses. While currently the cost is prohibitive for Google’s glasses to be immediately incorporated into the classroom, the myriad of benefits that they will bring to the learning experience is already being discussed.
No more textbooks
With tablets already offering many textbooks, the old way of reading through giant books densely filled with static information is already going the way of the dinosaur. However, Google’s glasses make take this a step further, and revolutionize the “textbook” itself. Rather than studying from a book in the traditional, linear manner, students will have access to text, images, and videos—they will be able to interact with the information. There won’t be a need to flip through the book, or refer to another book or dictionary when stumped with a query—the information they need is just a link away.
Teachers can move their classroom to just about any setting with Google glasses (and a Wifi connection). Presentations will no longer need screens, whiteboards, slides, or projectors as all visual and textual information can be accessed right on the glasses.
Not only will this benefit the teacher, who will have fewer moving parts to worry about and are able to move the class to a setting that could enhance the course of study, but students will also be able to participate classes remotely. Instead of missing a class, and relying on recordings or a friend’s notes, students will now have the opportunity to still be “in” class, without being physically in the same location.
Google glasses give students the opportunity to learn in the style they learn best. Whether it’s through listening to an audio lecture, watching video playback, reading the material, or a combination of learning styles, Google glasses allows students to explore and absorb in a way that suits them best. Also, with supplemental information so close at hand, students are able to delve deeper into related topics with ease, enhancing their understanding and knowledge on any course of study.
For those eager to begin incorporating modern technology in the classroom, Google glasses are not the only tech item infiltrating education. Amplify, a tablet created specifically for K-12 classrooms to aid in teaching and learning, is already enabling teachers to add depth and interactivity to their lessons.
Some educators have harnessed the interactive aspect of video games, attempting to merge arts and culture with video games. Others have created a virtual reality where students can interact with each other and with the professors to explore experiences that geography previously would have prohibited.
Education is already seeing some major changes in light of the various new, cutting-edge technologies. As educators and innovators continue to explore the new frontier of technology merging with education, we can expect to see significant new developments, potentially changing how we learn in schools.
This is a guest post from Marcela De Vivo
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles who writes on a variety of topics. Although she currently works parkinggames.com, which offers games that teach teens to park cars, she also covers other technology, marketing, health and music.
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