Earlier this year Google unveiled their highly anticipated Google Glasses. These glasses will enable users to get real time information about places, people and objects around them. This information will be displayed on the lens of the glasses so that people will be able see this data.
These glasses could, if used effectively, play an important role in education and training, just as mobile learning is currently. However, it will be awhile before these glasses become widely used due to their cost ($1500 per pair) and because they are currently only available to developers. When they do become more accessible a wide range of exciting possibilities in education and training will open up:
Immersive educational experiences
As shown at the developers’ conference, the glasses can use Google Hangout, thus creating a shared first-person experience, as the viewer is literally walked through a persons actions. This could be highly beneficial when training as viewers could learn step by step whilst a trainer is on an actual job. For example, if a plumber is on a job, he could simultaneously teach trainee plumbers at the same time as fixing a problem.
Implementation of New Apps
Instead of using smartphones and tablets whilst training, people will be able to gain access to programmes through the use of Google Glasses. While the ipad is transforming the way we learn now, Google Glasses could completely change this, as they will offer an opportunity to interact with visual imagery, text and other learning resources.
Disruption whilst Learning
As with the internet and mobiles now, the workforce can easily be distracted. With the introduction of Google Glasses the temptation for the workforce to become distracted is amplified. Currently the business can block social networking pages or certain websites, restricting forms of distraction. In regards to the glasses, now that the technology will be right in front of the workforce’s face, distraction will be even greater and prevention of this will be harder to implement.
Problem Solving and Complex Thinking
As information will become easily available to the wearer of the glasses the process of remembering every detail won’t be necessary any more. Although memorisation may reduce, people will increasingly be able to find raw information and use it to solve problems, be creative or answer more in depth questions.
The End of Traditional Textbooks
With the upsurgence of ebooks on tablet devices, the need for training materials could become obsolete as text, videos and images can be accessed and view straight from the lens if the glasses.
Equipped with Google Glasses and a wifi connection, businesses could train their workforce anywhere as there would be no use for whiteboards and projectors. People who couldn’t make it to the training room could join via Google Hangout and would be able to contribute that way.
No Language Barrier
As the world is becoming ever more connected it is easier than ever to share knowledge and experience with those who live in another country. By using Google Translate through the glasses it will be possible for a workforce to be able to share, talk and collaborate. In addition it could create a sense of global community, uniting countries and people.
With technology evolving at a rapid pace, the way in which we train and educate people will also be transformed, creating a whole new digitally connected world.