Ok Glass, show me the future.
With the first set of Google’s shiny new specs being sent out to the handful of lucky applicants, it’s only a matter of time before students and instructors end up with a pair over their eyes in a class. And while it’s tempting to label the lenses as just another distraction akin to smartphones, there might be some real use out there for these things, as well as some real risks. Let’s brainstorm!
- First-person lecture-capturing is the first thing that comes to my mind. An instructor could show students an experience first-hand—imagine watching a pre-lab instructional video from the point of view of an expert, or the feeling of being right in the middle of an intense discussion. Of course, there’s always the risk of students using Glass to record lectures when they shouldn’t, but at least they’ll have to announce their intentions via voice-command to do so!
- Speaking of labs, why not strap on a “Safety Glass” for easy recording? Students using wearable computers could easily record and share data and reactions. The best part, however? Being able to record without pressing a button or holding up a camera!
- For those of us with poor memory, Glass has the potential to bring up notes while maintaining eye contact. Some may find it distracting to have text hovering at the corner of your vision—other instructors could see some real use in having notes delegated to the corner of their eye rather than having Powerpoint or written notes.
- Glass can add a new element to distance learning—much like the lecture capture concept above, Glass’s live video chat feature allows an instructor to give a lecture from anywhere. Need to write out something? Just grab a piece of paper!
I think it goes without saying that the technology isn’t a boon for every instructor and student, and I shudder to think of the effects of a Glass video on someone with motion sickness. However, it’s certainly not something to ignore. What creative things can you imagine doing with a computerized pair of glasses?
Learn about Google Glass here: http://www.google.com/glass/start/