- 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”.
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。
Figure 1: Mr Andrew Vanden Heuvel
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.
Figure 2: Mr Heuvel visited Large Hadron Collider wearing a pair of Google Glass
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.
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.
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