How Google Glass is going to innovate Education

 

Innovations in education has always been a little stagnant, while we see new inventions and developments in all other fields, educational innovations are very less. People have always stuck with the known, tried, tested and traditional methods in case of education. But recently, we’ve seen a boom in this field too. More and more people are now paying attention to the almost obsolete methods of teaching and striving to make some development in the educational system.

Google has always been known for innovations in almost every area they could get their hands onto, and it is soon to launch its flagship product ‘Google Glass’. And the tech-savvies say, it’s going to revolutionize the current educational trends. How? Let’s read.

Google Glass is touted as the next big thing in portable technology. Poised as an eyewear and doing a plethora of things which don’t require any taps or navigation, it responds instead to voice commands, taking pictures with a wink, taking commands for search, share content, video recording, detect objects in front of you and look up related information like directions or maps. etc. The possibilities are endless though among all the possible consumers of Google Glass, the device has the potential to bring exciting new possibilities to teachers and students alike.

  • Admit it, Google’s Search is phenomenal. And the Glass will allow the student/teacher to stay connected to an interactive environment featuring online tools all the time. This could pave way to a leap into the future of educational system. Teachers as well as students can refer to topics related to their studies on the go. No fiddling through phones in the middle of the lecture; all you have to do is speak and voila…your search is done!
  • Students can record their lectures in real-time for future reference. The time saved on scribbling notes could be remarkable.
  • Google Glass could help students to create visually-rich projects and presentations. Students can shoot relevant videos and images with a wink. The same can be integrated onto their presentations via Google docs.
  • Learning new languages and speaking them could be done on the go with Glass coupled with Google’s own Google Translator. Google Glass would be able to present text based translations in real-time.
  • Teachers could use Google glass coupled with facial recognition to take attendance and could be used to generate Student Information System. Just by looking at the student you will get access to his/her student records with details of academic and non-academic performance, attendance etc… Creating students reports, schedules and class timings for students is only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Distance learning could be made a lot easier than before with Google Glass. Webinars and such can be streamed directly onto your Glass than your smartphone or laptop so that its easy to be accessed anywhere, anytime.
  • The Glass could be used to set timetables for students along with information regarding the halls where classes will be held with details on professors to take the classes.

http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-it-feels/index.html#video=dj-video

Google Glass in Education: The other side

While all this could be a boon in the education system, there are some cons of having Google Glasses at Schools/Colleges.

  • You must keep in mind that electronic devices are still prohibited for students in most schools; though, this is changing very fast. Students could misuse the Glass in a lecture in ways unimaginable. The distractions a smartphone causes in a classroom are well known, students wearing Google Glass will bring about a whole new level of the same.
  • There are many restaurants and business concerns already banning the use of Google Glasses as well as apps like instagram. This could also happen to Google Glass, being banned at all major concerns/colleges/universities.
  • Not to mention a certain invasion of privacy.
  • Like with any electronic device, prolonged usage of Google Glass can cause health issues mainly damaging eyesight.
  • Lastly, too much use of social media and on the go availability may harm your personal life.

 

Padlet ‘Use to break the Ice, Brainstorm and sharing ideas”……

http://padlet.com/  (early known as Wallwisher) gives you a blank wall, and you can basically put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful.

It basically empowers people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

POWERFUL?

This is why Padlet is simple, yet powerful:

  • Easy-to-Use

 Simple interface, double click to add posts (or double tap for touch screens), drag and drop, auto save, etc.  WOW!  

  • Instant Collaboration
    Everyone’s activity can be seen on the wall instantly. Page reloads is history.
  • Multimedia

You can add any kind of file/links – videos, images, documents. You can paste links (URLs) to (YouTube) videos (view-able from the wall). Can drag a document from your computer. Can take pictures with your computer devices.  

  • Embeddable
    You can embed a wall in blogs and other websites (How?).
  • Privacy 

You are empowered to keep the wall(s) private by adding password lock or specific email addresses. You can also moderate posts, by requiring approval by one of the moderators before they show up on the wall for the other readers.

  • Customized URL

Every wall has an unique URL that you can give out. You can now also customize the ending of your URL to your Wall (E.g. http://padlet.com/wall/myawesomewall) or your Domain URL (E.g. http://myawesomewall.com ).

  • Notifications
    You can get e-mail notifications on updates to your wall, or subscribe to them via RSS.
  • Design & Layouts

You can easily spice up the backgrounds with all sorts of cool designs and images. You can change your layout to ‘Stream’ to view group discussions more structured (linear chat like format, with time-stamps of when someone commented).

Check out Padlet’s user guide (Knowledge Base) to discover more.

FOR LEARNING?

What about Padlet for learning and teaching?

While you don’t need brains to use Padlet, you might need to stretch your imagination to realize how easy and powerful this tool could be to empower and energize collaborative learning experiences. Here are some examples on how Padlet can be used for:

  • Ice breaker to get to know one another (Participants/Students upload photos of themselves and then write one or two sentences for others to get to know them better).  
  • Brainstorming ideas, problem-solving, decision-making, or solutions.
  • Q&A sessions before/during/after a lecture or class.
  • Noticeboards or making course announcements.
  • Bookmarking and curating resources or video playlists
  • Group/Class/Community Discussions.
  • Adventure and travel maps (field trips). 
  • Developing a website
  • Etc.

Let’s not stop there, why not explore Padlet as a potential tool for organizing a student’s e-portfolio.

Actually, if we stretch our imagination even further, we could perhaps use Padlet even for an entire class (or even course) from the lecture (or lesson) to the assignment (Full Article):

  1. Lesson/Lecture/Tutorial
    Researching, collecting and curating content for your lesson does not have to be a tiresome task across folders, sites, emails and links.
  2. Group Discussion
    Use Padlet for a group discussion before/during/after a lecture (or class).
  3. Feedback
    Your lecture is coming to an end and you want to take check the students’ understanding of the subject or topic.
  4. Assignments/Projects

Students can work individually or as groups using Padlet. For example, each group sets up a wall that discusses or visualizes their project, which can later be made available to the other students when completed. You can even make it a competition!

Whether you want to use Padlet for everything in online learning is probably a bit extreme, but no doubt this tool can be used in many creative ways to engage learners and have some fun while learning takes place.

http://padlet.com/wall/rn8kev2hoi

http://padlet.com/features

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