Enhancing the Classroom Learning Experience with Smart Glasses

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Smart glasses are making a comeback and finding new use cases in the education sector. Though it has been a few years since Google Glass became one of the first to enter the market, there has remained minimal widespread in the adoption of AR and VR technology. Researchers and educators, however, have been working on ways to integrate smart glasses to benefit learning in the classroom setting. For example, students using smart glasses who may be shy or hesitant to ask a question in front of their peers could use smart glasses to discreetly message their teacher who could in return, use their smart glasses to host a poll to see if other students are having trouble grasping the material.

Coupled with VR and AR, smart glasses could bring to the class to previously inaccessible areas like the Large Hadron Collider or the Pyramids of Giza.

In fact, according to an article published in the EdTechTimes [1]:

[V]irtual environment[s] [are] being pushed as a way of teaching real-world skills in a safe control environment[s] before trying them in the general public . . . While all of these aides and therapies are fairly new, they all show promise to become wider spread tools of special education technology in homes and classrooms to assist children with special needs gain a better education and interact in more social situations.

These types of interactive lessons could be enhanced to allow students to participate in simulated environments like operating rooms or outer space. Students with visual impairment will soon benefit from glasses that can recognize text and read it back to the wearer [1]. The article shares therapeutic and innovative examples of integrating creative technologies in the classroom to promote equity in the classroom environment.

For more information, read the full article on EdTechTimes.

References

[1] J. Puskar, “Smart Glasses Find New Use in Special Education Technology,” EdTechTimes, February 20, 2018. [Online]. Available:  https://edtechtimes.com/2018/02/20/smart-glasses-find-new-use-in-special-education-technology/ [Accessed July 9, 2018].