Admittedly I wondered into the Google Glass session at EdCamp Leadership with one thing in mind…PLEASE SOMEONE LET ME TRY THEIR GOOGLE GLASS! I already had many ideas about how valuable they could be for educators and students, but leaving there, I felt like a whole new avenue for the technology was with me.
First, the similar things such as, having kids wear glass to record you teaching, using a recording from yourself teaching for reflection, setting up AR codes and having Glass users grab content while keeping hands free, all of those things seemed so simple. What I learned, was that Google Glass goes beyond wearable technology.
I also see Google Glass as a potential life saver for leaders who struggle with paper, organization, and many other managerial tasks. Glass can be used to take notes verbally and save them in Evernote, adjust your calendar, take a picture of something important and email it, send tweets, and so much more.
Where does coding come into this? Many of the Apps Glass needs are not created yet, or are still in the works. Learning to code helps you create what you need to fill the gaps and make Glass work better for you.
BOOM! If the fireworks didn’t just go off in your head, wake up now! Glass has needs that are not yet created! You can create what you need through coding! Don’t we always talk about how 21st Century Learners need to be able to create and problem solve? Here is a real life project based learning example.
Finally, at the end of the session we engaged in a great conversation with a retired superintendent who either did not see it, or was carefully crafting a devil’s advocate approach. Either way, we developed the idea that coding is extremely valuable. We are teaching kids to be creators rather than consumers. When you need a program, app, or function, create it. Making technology adjust to your needs rather than working to adjust to it is exactly the kind of thing 21st century learners need to be able to do. Glass provides them with that chance!
I left that session with so much more than I had planned on, and yes! Thanks to @robpennington I got to try out Google Glass (now I cannot wait to get my own pair!)