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Google Glass and Teaching: A Good Fit?
posted by: Melissa | June 14, 2013, 04:15 PM   


Ever since Google launched its Glass Explorer initiative, there has been one, and only one, teacher who has had access to this technology.



If you’re not familiar with Google Glass, let me give you a brief breakdown.  Last year, Google announced a device which they claimed would revolutionize how we use technology.  This device is typically worn in a manner similar to regular eye glasses (hence the name) and uses Google’s existing technologies and algorithms.  Users can record videos using the device, share what they are currently seeing via Google Hangouts, or use it to gather information and interact with the environment around them.


If you’re still unsure what all of that means, perhaps the best way to get a better idea is by watching Google’s own video here.


Obviously, this is revolutionary technology – the kind of technology that only appeared in science fiction books and movies when I was younger.  The question, though, is what would this mean for teaching?  Thankfully, we have one educator who knows.


Andrew Vanden Heuvel teaches science online and two months ago he was one of the very few people in the country chosen to test Google Glass.  This week, he’s written about his experiences on Edutopia, where he talks about everything from how he got this opportunity, to his experimentations in using it to teach video lessons.


If you want to learn more about what he’s been doing in education, you can check out his story (as uploaded by Google) or look at some of his projects on his own webpage, AGL-initiatives.

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