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Embracing Technololgy in Education
應用科技教學

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Educators always strive to explore new and interesting ways to motivate students’ learning.  Using technology can be one of the means.  Technology can support and enhance learning and teaching in the following four major ways:

  • expand the scope of classroom learning;
  • increase the accessibility of learning content;
  • encourage students’ active engagement; and
  • provide more tools to assess learning outcomes.

 

Below is an authentic case illustrating how a teacher used a hi-tech product – the Google Glass in education.

Google Glass is a pair of wearable augmented reality-based smart glasses developed by the Google X Lab.  The design concept was first announced in April 2012 and the product was available for sale in April 2014.  It is an integrated product of smart phone, GPS and camera, showing real-time information.  With a blink of eyes, a user is able to take a photo and upload it to the Web, surf the Internet, handle text messages and emails, check weather and road traffic information, etc.  With an audio control device equipped in the Google Glass, the user can take a photo or shoot a video for sharing of what he/she hears or sees by just saying “OK, Glass”.

教育工作者經常努力發掘新穎而有趣的方式來激發學生學習,其中一種方法是運用科技教學。科技能在以下四方面作出支援並提升教學效能:

  • 擴闊教室學習的範圍;
  • 增加接收學習內容的渠道;
  • 鼓勵學生積極參與;以及
  • 提供更多評核學習成果的方法

 

以下舉出一個實例,介紹一位老師如何運用最新的高科技產品—谷歌眼鏡進行教學。

谷歌眼鏡是一款佩戴式「增強現實型」智能眼鏡,由谷歌X 實驗室研發。 2012年4月該公司正式發佈設計概念,並於2014年4月公開發售產品。這款眼鏡集智能手機、全球定位系統及相機於一身,能展現即時資訊。使用者只需「眨眨眼」就能拍照並上傳影像到互聯網、進行網上搜索、處理文字資訊和電子郵件、查詢天氣及路面交通情況等。產品更配備音控輸入裝置,使用者可以說出「OK, Glass」 便能拍照和錄像,把所見所聞與其他人分享。

 

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Figure 1: Mr Andrew Vanden Heuvel
圖一:胡維爾老師

Mr Andrew Vanden Heuvel, an online Physics instructor, participated in the pilot project of Google Glass in 2013.  He was invited to visit the Large Hadron Collider inside the physics laboratory operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland.  During the trip, he used his Google Glass for a live broadcasting of the video to the audience in Michigan, USA.

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Figure 2: Mr Heuvel visited Large Hadron Collider wearing a pair of Google Glass
圖二:胡維爾老師佩戴著谷歌眼鏡參觀粒子加速器

By means of Google+ Hangouts, students and teachers in the States were able to participate and communicate in a web conferencing with Andrew across thousands of miles.  Students could ask the CERN scientists and researchers questions instantly.

一位物理科網上教學老師安德魯·萬登·胡維爾於2013年參與先導測試計劃。在谷歌安排之下,他參觀了瑞士歐洲核子研究組織 (CERN) 核下營運的物理實驗室內的大型強子對撞粒子加速器,並使用谷歌眼鏡把整個行程錄影並直播到在美國密西根州的觀眾。

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Fig 3: Students and teachers were at web conferencing with Mr Heuvel
圖三:師生們與胡維爾老師進行視像會議

透過Google+ Hangouts功能,胡維爾老師與遠在幾千里外的美國師生舉行視像會議及進行交流,學生能即時向CERN的科學家及研究人員發問。

 

Accordingly, Andrew has created a series of videos with Google Glass and uploaded them to the YouTube Channel “STEMbite”.  He shares the science and mathematics phenomenon experienced in everyday life with his students from the perspective of the first person taking these engaging videos.  His goal is to use technology to motivate and inspire students to learn more.

 

及後,胡維爾老師使用谷歌眼鏡製作了一系列錄像,並上傳到一個名為「STEMbite」的YouTube 頻道。透過這些從第一身角度的錄像,他希望把日常生活中的科學及數學現象向學生展示,目的是善用科技去激勵學生學習。

 

Sources of contents and photos資料及圖片來源:

Google Glass with frame. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%E7%9C%BC%E9%95%9C#mediaviewer/File:Google_Glass_with_frame.jpg

Field trips with google glass/. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
http://quib.ly/blog/field-trips-with-google-glass/

Explorer Story: Andrew Vanden Heuvel [through Google Glass] . Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRrdeFh5-io

Project Glass. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
http://baike.baidu.com/view/8293822.htm?fromtitle=%E8%B0%B7%E6%AD%8C%E7%9C%BC%E9%95%9C&fromid=8706652&type=syn

 

Extended reading  延伸閱讀:

Google Glass 2.0 Complete Walkthrough. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
http://youtu.be/RzCu6Um4H4I

STEMbite YouTube Channel. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
https://www.youtube.com/user/STEMbite

Teaching with Glass. Retrieved July 20, 2014, from:
http://agl-initiatives.org/teaching-with-glass/