Smile! You’re on Google Glass!

What is Digital Citizenship?

The concept of digital citizenship has been brought to the forefront in lieu of the ever-changing, and growing, advancements in technology. As part of our Grade 7 advisory program, students have been exploring, what is digital citizenship?

MS Academic Technology Coordinator Blog – Graded School, São Paulo, Brazil

Exploring Google Glass

This week I have had the opportunity to explore using Google Glass in my PE classes. After my initial experience, I was left with a few wonderings regarding the use of technology in the PE setting. Just as students should be physical and health literate, the need to become literate in digital citizenship should also be valued.

What complex forces tug at the idea of technology and social media? 

Take a look at the following video. What further inquiries does Google Glass create in the context of digital citizenship?

Google Glass in the PE setting

Watch the Google Glass video of volleyball skill development in PE. Consider the following questions:
  • How would digital citizenship look like in different teaching and learning settings?
  • What would change about the thinking taking place among students and teachers?
  • How would teaching and learning be like if Google Glass was used in the PE setting?
  • What would be some factors that could influence the use of Google Glass in PE or in other classroom environments?

Tug of War… What factors pull at the use of technology and social media?

Use the thinking routineTug of War, to reason carefully about the pull of various factors relevant to digital citizenship.
  • How would digital citizenship look like in different teaching and learning settings?
  • What would change about the thinking taking place among students and teachers?
  • Generate questions to explore the idea of using technology and social media

Share your questions in the comment section of this post – let’s make our thinking visible!

More on Digital Citizenship…

See what prompts the New York Times has listed for technology and social media…

Read what Google has to say about teaching to the Google Generation


5 thoughts on “Smile! You’re on Google Glass!

  1. How did you manage to get your hands on that glass? So cool! “What complex forces tug at the idea of technology and social media?” Love this question, by the way.

  2. Digital citizenship can look different in different teaching and learning settings depending on how teachers decide to utilize technology and how they monitor and instruct their students' usage of it. Depending on how the teacher approaches the topic, they can allow their students to have a positive or a negative digital citizenship and footprint in regard to their use and what they publish and share online. If the use of technologies such as google glass becomes widespread, it will change the setting of the classroom and the relationships between students and teachers by a huge extent. I feel like it would mostly disconcentrate students rather then help them learn and the use of this technology should be restricted in class, unless teachers can implement them in certain activities, but still restricting them only to that. If certain measures are not taken to control the usage of technology, the thinking between students and teachers will be impeded by distractions. In PE class, I believe there isn't really a place for the use of Google Glass, at least not in constant usage. There could be a possible application with certain usages of the camera and the “heads up display.” The usage of technology can be both positive or negative but it depends on how teachers decide to approach it. One thing I wonder, though, is exactly what applications Google Glass could have in a physical education environment. How could the teachers even control what students are doing in their personal devices since the view of the display is restricted only to them.

  3. Daniel, you raise some good points. Exploring the use of Google Glass in the PE setting will require some careful considerations…placing even more so at the forefront the importance of digital citizenship. Ultimately, what it comes down to is how each individual chooses to use such technologies. Providing the guidance as to what is expected in each teaching and learning situation is necessary in order to ensure the experiences are authentic and meaningful.

  4. February 17th:

    I think that using technology for educational purposes is fine, but excessive use of it is not. Some might think that using Google Glass during a physical activity might be a useful thing, but I think that since we already use so much technology on our daily basis at school, we should have a break from it and do normal physical activity. Being wired to so many digital devices is a great distraction, and I am certain that we won't be focused on our tasks if we have a Google Glass at one's disposition. Unless if the person using a Google Glass needs to record something from a first person point of view, then I don't think it is a worthwhile utility during PE class. One thing is to use it as a map, now to educate someone during a physical lesson is another that I don't think is possible yet. If the teacher is a physical and health educator, it is beyond question that they would refute the use of this technological device during his/her class. First of all, because the teacher should be informed that such radioactive devices aren't good for our bodies and can develop fatal diseases such as cancer. Second, if the teacher is willing to teach the students about health, he/she should set a good example of how to do physical activities in a proper way, concentrated and fully committed. Third, I am not sure of this for I haven't experienced the use of Google Glass, but I can't see a way that Google Glass would help. If the purpose of using Google Glass is to film and then share with others, then I think that is a more reasonable objective. But, it would be less worse for the human body if the person used a real camera like a GoPro, which was made for filming moments with great adrenaline. Google Glass doesn't even have a good image quality, so I think there are better alternatives to the use of it. So, I conclude that it is better to keep things simple and not regress the real physical experiences.

  5. “If the teacher is a physical and health educator, it is beyond question that they would refute the use of this technological device during his/her class.” This is a very strong statement. I wonder, how could you argue in favor of Google Glass in the PE setting, for example, for assessment purposes? Would the only use of Google Glass be for recording? However, like you have mentioned, sometimes simple is better. There needs to be a balance between “being wired” and participating in “real physical experiences.”

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