But things get worse (better?). Right now smart phone devices are only handheld; however, Google is planning to release Google Glass to the public in 2014. Jeff Utecht just said last week at the ECIS 2013 conference that some students at Singapore American School already have it. Wow. Cool. Really?
As educators, Utecht points out we need to ask ourselves, “How is this Google Glass device and ones like it going to change the way I do things in my classroom?” Our natural responses to most new technologies is to ban it. However, will this be the best solution for something that is so powerful and will continue to change the way we do business in school. How do we ban something that eventually doesn’t look like Google glass, but only like a pair of reading glasses? This will happen as technologies get smaller and smaller. How do we ban technologies when they are planted directly into humans and are interfacing with the brain? Utecht posits this to be around the corner as well.
How do we start to work towards this future?
As an educator, starting Monday, if you are not doing this already, stop teaching the stuff that is “Googleable” (McIntosh, 2013), “Wikipediaable”, “Wolfram-Alphaable”, “Khan Academyable”, “Youtubeable”, and “MOOCable”. As McIntosh explains in the previous link, put a board on your wall in the classroom: “Googleable” and “Not Googleable” questions. When students ask the former type of question, ask them to write the inquiry down on a sticky note and post it on that board. Inform the student they need to find that answer and come back to the class with the response. This is where the iPhone 5Ss, Galaxy S4s, HTC Ones, and dare I say, Google Glasses will come in handy. We, as educators, can have students use these devices to our advantage. For the other types of questions, the “Not Googleables”, let’s write those questions down too, post them on the wall, and delve into them. They are deep. They need conversation, guidance, and debate.
- No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service – and No Google Glass, Either (yro.slashdot.org)
- Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions (stephaniepearson.com)
- Take Your Google Glassing Elsewhere, Mister! (forums.pinstack.com)