Google Glass Education Experiment: Using Wink Feature #ggee

I know there is a lot of buzz about Google Glass and specifically in the classroom. I am hoping to help bring down the level of fear by showcasing the power of Google Glass.

In this video I wanted to share how hard it is to take a picture.

Here is the image I captured

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This is no different than taking a picture with your cell phone or camera. Simply point and click or with Google Glass point and wink!

 

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Talking Google Glass with Don Wettrick #ggee

In Your Face: The Future of Teaching With Google Glass
Don Wettrick with Aaron Maurer

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I just wanted to shamelessly share a podcast I just did with Don Wettrick where we talk Google Glass. It was awesome talking and chatting about Google Glass with Don.

I connected with Don a few months ago and am in complete awe of how real he is. As I continue to network and reach other educators to learn from and enhance my learning I have not met someone like Don in quite some time.

He asked me to jump on his podcast show to talk Google Glass. What I loved best about this podcast besides talking about Google Glass which I love is how honest we could be. It was a good old real talk with no sugar coated fluff.

I hope you take listen to the podcast and let me know what you think about our thoughts and ideas. I am always seeking out thoughts and ideas of others.

This has been my second time being asked to be on a podcast and just love talking about all things education. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed talking.

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#GGEE Google Glass Education Experiment: I apparently look like a convict!

 

It has been a long time, more time than I intended since I wrote up a post about my Google Glass Education Experiment. I apologize.

Actually, I don’t really apologize, but I will say that I have been working like crazy to not just share videos recorded with Glass. That is not really earth shattering or groundbreaking.

Rather, I am trying to find answers to how I believe that wearable tech is going to transform and radically shift teaching practices and learning within the next 5-10 years.

I have been working on some new projects with students and recently started messing with new apps for Google Glass.

 

The first one that I was really excited for was the Nametag app. 

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This app is attempting to bring facial recognition to the Google Glass. This is something that I see radically changing social cues and interactions before we know. I don’t think the technology is quite there yet, but there is great promise.

I obviously tested the app using the test images. Kanye West was quick and responsive as were the other celebrities.

But more important I wanted to scan my face!

I pulled up an image of myself to give it a test

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As it scanned it took a few seconds and the results were interesting

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The suggestions of the most highly rated were images of mug shots and people in prison. Lovely!

I tested it again, but this time my Google Glass overheated

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I tested another image of myself

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I thought for sure the bowtie would be successful. Instead it gave me new mugshots and convict images and one guy was a super creeper. I started to have doubts about my image.(not really, sarcasm at play)

I was given beta access to the app so keep in mind they are working like crazy to find answers to all the issues being raised.

Despite it not working I have hope. I know they are working to update their servers and image database. I am going to continue to try this app because I believe in it. I really do.

When it does work you will see something like this

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I think this app is really going to bring into question discussion and debate about

Privacy

Laws

Regulations

Do people have a choice to be profiled?

The app still has work, but just think about how many facets of life this type of technology will affect? I am thinking simple things like

  • Taking attendance
  • checking how many times we talk and interact with a student
  • profile checks of people for security in schools
  • parent teacher conferences to provide insight on things we might need to know
  • tracking down new ways to connect with others
  • creating little groups of contacts to share information between private groups

Give it time, this tech is coming and when it does be ready for the headlines!

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009: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Educators: Stand UP and BELIEVE in YOURSELF #YOUMATTER #GGEE

For this podcast I wanted to test out my Google Glass to see how audio sounded. I did not do any editing of the audio whatsoever on this one. I ripped the audio from the video.

The topic of this podcast is Teacher Voice. I believe that as important as it is to continue to push for more student voice in education we cannot leave out the importance of Teacher Voice. More teachers need to jump into the conversations. More teachers need to connect and collaborate. More teachers need to fight for what we know is needed to make education a positive experience for students.

I hope you enjoy the podcast and look forward to any feedback, questions, or thoughts you have after viewing or listening on any of the channels.

Thanks so much for taking time to listen.

 

Here is a link to my iTunes channel

Here is a link to my Stitcher channel

I have posted the video below in case you want to watch the video of me driving while talking.

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#GGEE Video 8: Project Tuning Process with Students

Today I tested out Google Glass by recording a Project Tuning involving several teachers and students. This project is going to be an amazing one. We would love any feedback on the project that you have to make it better.

A project tuning is a system we use where we provide teachers a chance to run through their project of instruction. The goal is to help them with any questions or issues they are having as well as offer as many ideas and advice to  help make the project better before launch.

One thing we are working on is involving students for the essential student voice piece. We have trained a few to do this tuning process and they are amazing. This is such a vital ingredient to ensuring projects are meeting the needs of the learners.

In terms of Google Glass, you can see that audio can be a concern. At times it was hard to hear so I added some text to help make sense of what was being shared. I will work to figure out ways to ensure audio is increased in a whole classroom in upcoming experiments.

I welcome any and all questions, comments, concerns that you have with either the project idea, Google Glass, or the project tuning process.

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#GGEE Google Glass Education Experiment 7: Taking Glass on a Run

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Here is a little montage of video clips I gathered from my run the other night here in Iowa. I wanted to test out Google Glass during the run to test durability, how the video looks while in motion, and obviously preparing my mind around potentially getting to a place where students wear them at school.

I recorded my entire run of about 45 minutes. The battery did last the entire time, but Low Battery signal turned on during the last 15 minutes. I am too out of shape yet to keep running more to find out how long exactly the battery lasts while recording. Perhaps this Sunday I will do so.

I will not bore you with a complete video of the entire run. Instead I made a short 2.5 minute video to give you a sense of my journey and outlook.

While running I could not help but think of an amazing feature for Google Glass. When it became dark the screen started to become a bit of an annoyance while running. I instantly thought of having the Google Glass become night vision. While running or being the dark is hard to see with the naked eye, we could have night vision to reference if needed. This would be an amazing and quite worthwhile option.

What would you like to see next? Let me know!

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Using Google Glass Note Taking With Evernote Follow Up

I posted  a few days ago a video documenting the possibilities of Google Glass and Evernote in the Classroom

It is time to take a look at what was transcribed by Google Glass(click image to access the actual Evernote Note)

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You can see that it needs some work. I was speaking with no background noise or distractions. I will try again with a slower speech rate to test, but for now I am going to focus on this piece. This was a bit disappointing because I was hoping for a much clearer translation. I don’t think I spoke too quickly. I am really hoping this is something that can be improved upon before public release. I know there are other software platforms that would do a much better job.

BUT, if Google does clean it up and make it work here are some ideas to make this connection between Google Glass and Evernote powerful

1. Edit the document to make it look more effective. Begin to develop new paragraphs, bullets, and lists. You can have a professional looking class transcription that can prove to be a valuable resource for both students and the teacher.

2. Insert hyperlinks into the notes to provide a more immersive and hands on document

3. Date and time stamp everything to keep a record of all teaching within your Evernote account

4. Mass potential to share this out to parents and students. Really could be groundbreaking

5. The note option becomes vital for the classrooms where parents do not want their child recorded for any reason

I think this option is one that cannot be tossed aside. It may not be the prettiest, but it is loaded with potential.

From this experiment I came up with two ideas for Google Glass

1. Create an audio record option. No video or notes, but just audio in an mp3 format.

2. If that option above does not work, then you could record video and strip away the audio to achieve the same effect. Teachers could use the audio to share out like a podcast.

What do you think?

What would you like to see tested next?

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Google Glass Education Experiment 6: Possibilities of Google Glass and Evernote in the Classroom

I had a thought that I am anxious to try out using Google Glass.

It involves using Google Glass to translate our voice into notes and being sent to Evernote.

I think there are some possibilities here. I still have much to work through yet, but wanted to share this video with you.

Let me know what you think.

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Google Glass Education Experiment: How to Follow the Journey #ggee

I am playing with Google Glass over break trying to make sure I know how it all works. When school arrives we will be creating the Google Glass Education Experiment where I will be documenting and showcasing education in a real authentic perspective: Google Glass. The possibilities are endless, but the goal is to showcase the world of education. It is going to be so exciting that I cannot wait to see where things develop.

Before we begin I have been testing things out and creating channels and the whole social media presence of Google Glass Education Experiment. Here are the ways you can follow this experiment.

1. Read this website. I will continue to blog and document the journey from here. Above in the menu there is a page dedicated to this experiment.

2. Hashtag #ggee – this will be the official hashtag of the experiment. I have been using this already on Twitter and also on Instagram. I will try to showcase images daily.
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3. YouTube – over on my channel I will be documenting video footage several times a week. I have created a playlist

http://coffeeforthebrain.com/google-glass-education-experiment-video-5-sledding-ggee/ that you can follow.The previous videos will give you some ideas about this actual experiment.



4. YOU! Let me know what you think, what you would like to see, what can be better, etc. The whole point of this experiment is to be interactive and create some dialogue and discussion about education and the power of students. I am excited to see where this takes things. I would love to have you join our journey.

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Google Glass Education Experiment Video 5: Sledding #ggee

Yesterday(January 1st) we received a nice new batch of snow. This only meant one thing………

Go sledding with Google Glass.

I will admit that I was nervous to take them outside in the snow and cold.

Here is the video of sledding with them on. Let me know what you think and what ideas you have for us to try next.

In a few days we will begin to create more education focused content with Google Glass, but while school is still out for break we will just have fun.

Last, but not least I am working through this new web design and site. I will post previous videos again soon. I had a glitch in what I was trying to do. Thanks for the patience.

Enjoy this video. And yes we are going sledding again to see what else we can capture today.

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