Smart Glasses: Looking at Education with New Lenses

2Q==While hisstudents work in collaborative groups, Mr. Jacobs reviews recent achievementdata for each student. He’s looking to see how students answered questions oneach objective for their last curriculum-based assessment, but he’s nowherenear his computer or a printout. Instead, Mr. Jacobs is wearing gadgets smart glasses. The data is right in front of his eyes.

His glassesalso audio- and video-record, display texts messages from parents andcolleagues, and allow for Internet navigation.

Transition to augmented reality will becomeseamless

As smartglasses become more mainstream in education, it’s only natural for them tobridge the chasm between the real world and augmented reality. One of the mostcommon complaints about current AR/VR headsets is that they are heavy andcumbersome. Versatile smart glasses no heavier than a pair of sunglasses now solvethat problem.

Smart glassesremove the need for bulky headsets, many of which have movement-limiting cords. The digital eyewear replaces antiquatedgear because smart glasses are both lightweight and comfortable. They can beworn all day without discomfort.

Smart glasses will change how we interact withdata

Oracleinnovation expert BradenKelley predicts that what we currently know about identifying, gatheringand analyzing data will change significantly. How we employ smart glasses inour daily activities also will affect machine learning and artificialintelligence.

Kelleyrecommends exploring user expectations, finding ways to meet them, anddeveloping products – like smart glasses – to solve them. He pairs eachrecommendation with his 5 Lenses ofDigital Transformation: InformationInterfacesIntelligenceInteractionsInsights

Educationis based on interaction and insight. These five lenses from Oracle are integralto the instructional process as teachers use information and overcome learningchallenges. 

Educatorsare a critical component of the smart glass movement because of how useful theeyewear could be in the classroom. For example, a set of questions for meetingthe needs of the classroom teacher might look like this:Whatwould teachers expect from smart glasses when gathering information? Howwould the smart glasses provide useful data without distracting the teacher’sline of sight? Whatmachine intelligence must be present for this to happen? Howwould teachers and their colleagues interact with the data? Whatinsights could be gleaned from this collaboration?

Smartglasses could change the future of the education landscape.

You don’t have to wait for thefuture. It’s already here, and so are smart glasses. You can attend to your dataanalysis needs with digital eyewear devices like these:Experts agree that one of the most innovative optionsavailable comes from Vuzix. The Vuzix BladeSmart Glasses promise a seamless interface between technology and people. Theeyewear resembles sunglasses, coming with many of the features we expect in smartphones,including touchpads, micro SD slots, and haptic feedback. If you want to review a teaching strategy or connectwith an administrator regarding a behavior in the classroom, Google’s Glass might provide you with the solution you’re lookingfor. Glass is already in use in many diverse industries, and education(University of Saskatchewan) is one of them. If you’re not ready for a pair of smart glasses,consider the VufineWearable Display, which connects to any traditional eyewear. Whenyou’re finished using the display, disconnect it and put it in your pocketuntil the next use.

Optingin for digital eyewear that assists with data analysis, instructionalintervention, and classroom management could change how quickly teachers canintervene in their students’ instruction.