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Google Glass in the Classroom?

Google Glass in the Classroom?

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Ok, so, Google announced the prescription version is now available - and they look sharp!

http://gizmodo.com/whoa-google-glass-just-got-way-way-better-looking-151...

As someone who wears glasses, this has got me seriously considering them.

Do you have Glass? Do you wear/use them in school? Any issues or concerns? I would only get them if I could WEAR them all day but would not necessarily have them turned ON.

I've read that battery life isn't so great. We have strong wifi and I use an Android phone, which I am told helps.

I've also seen speculation that the retail versions will go for around $500 and be more polished and usable. So I'm on the fence.

Interested in thoughts, experiences, advice, suggestions!

Thanks, kj

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Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey
Facilitator 2014

Thanks Samer! That is a fantastic piece with a ton of helpful information, examples and names of people I can reach out to for more information!

Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator 2014

I think the whole wearable tech side of things is poised to explode - and, I imagine, the take up rate in schools will be quick, if other examples of tech are anything to go by. The question, as raised by all of you above will be, as always, what educational benefits are there? How can teachers best use it? Please, as well as reading Andrew Marcinek's excellent post, if you have experience with them, share your experiences. I'm very curious to hear more.

Nicholas Provenzano's picture
Nicholas Provenzano
High School English Teacher/The Nerdy Teacher
Blogger 2014

I've had Glass since November and I'm pleased with what it can do as a Beta device. I think that is the one thing that most often overlooked by others. We are walking around with a device that is NOT ready for the general public. It has many limitations (Battery life, apps, camera, etc.), but the goal of Explorers having them is to get it out into the field an see what can be done or what people wish they could do.

I have used them in class and wear them around when I run errands. I have never had a negative encounter. Most people think they are neat, want to try them on (I always let them) and say they can't wait until they are available.

My students get a big kick out of them and I will let them wear them in class on occasion. I use them to snap photos of projects and presentations and share the craziness in my room. Student will wear them and record class from their point of view which I can review later and reflect on a lesson.

As more apps are created, I think there will be better uses for Glass in the classroom and in general. It's wait and see game am I'm excited to see where wearable tech goes next.

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey
Facilitator 2014

Thanks for the reply, Nick. Any idea if explorers will get a deal on the retail set when they come out? I'm very interested and would love the opportunity to get an early start on classroom uses and applications but am pretty sure the retail launch is coming this year, summer perhaps...

Margaret A Powers's picture
Margaret A Powers
Tech Coordinator

Hi Kevin,

I've come to appreciate Glass more and more since I picked it up this past June. It does have its challenges (battery, price, freezing ...) but as I wrote on EdSurge (https://www.edsurge.com/n/2013-11-26-seeing-the-classroom-through-google...) it's become very valuable to me as a tool for seamless documentation. I think the extend of that was reinforced for me a few weeks ago when I had to be without Glass for a week when I shipped my Glass 1.0 back to Google in exchange for the new Glass 2.

Working with PreK-2nd grade students means that having a way to capture their unique perspective and make them the documenters of their own learning is especially powerful. My teachers have been able to see their room design from the viewpoint of a 5 or 6 year old student, something we really can't do easily with other tools. I've also been able to record my own teaching to improve lessons and tweak my approach to a topic (e.g., Hour of Code).

I've been documenting my explorations with Glass here: http://365daysofglass.com I'd love to hear how other people are using it with young children.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions!
Margaret

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey
Facilitator 2014

Margaret, thank you so much for this post and your links! I've been bouncing around your blog and sites for the last half hour. Such amazing work you are doing! Will you be at Edcamp Philly in May? It would be great to have a session or two on Glass...

I really like the idea of students wearing glass and sharing their perspective on classrooms and tasks, and having that inform teaching. We spend so much time in the front of our room wondering why some kids aren't paying attention - I bet seeing the room through kids' eyes would surprise a lot of teachers as to the difficulties they face.

Now that you have had Glass for a while, where do you see the technology going? Are there still significant bugs to work out? How long do you wear them each day? I've been contemplating taking the plunge since the prescription version just came out. I'd literally wear them every day, everywhere...

Again, thanks for the post!

-kj-

Margaret A Powers's picture
Margaret A Powers
Tech Coordinator

Hi Kevin,

I'm not sure about EdCamp yet but I hope to attend again this year. It would be neat to get other Glass Explorers together who are focused on education. There's a Philly Glass group currently but it's more focused on the tech and hardware of Glass than its use in the classroom.

Yes! Having teachers see the videos their students take has been interesting, fun, and informative. Just today, I had students wear Glass in a special and we talked about how some people in the school might not know what happens in those special classes (e.g., P.E., science, drama, etc) but Glass allows us to capture and share students' experiences outside their homeroom class.

The main bugs I've found with Glass, even with the updated hardware, is the limited battery life and the tendency to freeze if you take too many photos or videos in a row. Since the primary reason I use Glass is for documentation, when the camera goes down it becomes pretty ineffective.

I see Glass becoming a tool for student portfolios - both students and teachers could take documentation or record their work and send it to their Evernote folder/portfolio or maybe even Google Drive eventually. It could also be a neat tool to record hands-on tutorials that are published to a school YouTube account. I think as more apps are developed (e.g., attendance, note-taking) it will become an asset for educators and students, assuming the price drops.

How long I wear them varies greatly on day and what projects we're working on. Right now, I have many classes paired with other classes to exchange documentation/videos to share about their learning experiences: http://mpowerstech.edublogs.org/tag/global-glass-exchange/ When we're recording for those partnerships or working on big projects, I might wear it about half of the school day. Other days, I might just wear it for 30 minutes. I really only put it on when I have a purpose to use Glass and don't often wear them around just to have them on and catch any updates that come in from emails, news, etc.

- Margaret

Zainab's picture
Zainab
K-12 teacher from UAE, Dubai

Wow

It is my first time to hear about such amazing device

Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
K-4 Technology Facilitator from Northfield, New Jersey
Facilitator 2014

Welcome, Zaniab!

Yes, Google Glass is amazing.

They are not yet available outside the USA at the moment, I think.

What do you teach?

Again, welcome!

-kj-

Zainab's picture
Zainab
K-12 teacher from UAE, Dubai

Thank you Kevin :)

I agree with you, I don't think they are available in Dubai and that's why I love Edutopia as it keeps me up-to-date with what is new.

Well, I am working as online teacher in an international academy called K12 ( Dubai branch) teaching UAE courses.

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