Google Glass provides new opportunities for language learning, too. It features Google Translator, which allows the student to translate texts immediately. By making translations more accessible, the new technology could change the way students and teachers approach language learning and may encourage more students to invest in learning a new language.
Margaret Powers, a technology coordinator at a private school near Philadelphia, is beta testing Google Glass in her classroom and is keeping a blog to share her experiences.
One of the things she found was that teachers can wear the device and record their lectures while they’re teaching—making room for professional development as they review and improve upon their instruction, and also creating records for students who may be absent on a given day.
Powers also used Google Glass to let students record their activities while working on a project. This gives the teacher the unique opportunity to see the student’s perspective. Seeing how a student works first hand, and learning more about their individual processes, opens new doors in the way of personalized learning.
Moreover, Google Glass provides new opportunities for creating visually-stimulating presentations, webinar screenings, and out-of-class learning opportunities.
A drawback to this new technology is that for all the benefits it provides, it also brings with it new kinds of distractions. While wearing the device, students can pull up anything from around the web on it’s the device’s tiny screens, allowing them to look at what’s in front of them while also accessing whatever they need from the internet.
This kind of access could draw students’ attention away from what is happening in class, according to some critics.
Want to see what other people are doing with Google Glass? Follow the hashtag #GlassEdExplorers on Twitter.
Sydney Mineer is an eSchool News editorial intern.
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