With the emergence of Google Glass onto the gadget scene, tech-lovers everywhere are itching to get their hands on the famous eyewear. The most surprising place these tech tools are showing up? The classroom.
Professors and teachers across the country are turning to Google Glass, using the device to educate students and inspire learning innovation. Here are four of our favorite ways classrooms like yours are carving a space for Google Glass in the curriculum.
1. Google Glass Helps Students Learn About Tech, Entrepreneurship, and Social Media – Kristen Hicks
Syracuse University professor Bill Ward was one of the first thousand people to receive Google Glass after the product’s release, and wanted to give his students the same access. Ward encouraged students to develop app ideas for the device after experimenting with existing apps, and formed student groups to work on developing a business and social media plan around their design. Ward’s students gained valuable entrepreneurial skills, experience with social media campaigns, and exposure to one of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies.
For USC journalism professor Robert Hernandez, Google Glass offers the opportunity for new ways to interact with and develop content for students. Between photo and video capabilities, GPS tools, and recording options, journalism students are afforded a helpful device to partner with for stories, assignments, and daily projects. For Hernandez, the appeal of Glass is less about changing what’s possible, and more about making what’s already possible much more simple.
Cornell music professor Cynthia Johnston Turner was excited about the release of Google Glass for one reason: changing the face of music education. To get her hands on the elusive device, Turner rallied around the hashtag #IfIHadGlass, which helped her outline how Google Glass would positively impact her music curriculum. Her strategy worked, and her classroom has seen innovation, creativity, and some beautiful music since.
For health professors Stephen Intille and Rupal Patel, Google Glass presented an obvious opportunity for their tech-oriented field. With the device, Intille and Patel presented a challenge to their students: how can Google Glass help provide new, creative solutions to health-care problems? Students rallied around the assignment and tackled problems as diverse as autism, Parkinson’s disease, and various learning disabilities.