Arkansans Look Through Google Glass, See the Future

by Lance Turner  on Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 12:00 am  

Corey Alderdice is director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts in Hot Springs. He purchased Glass this month to use to help educators understand how students learn. The idea was to use video from a student wearing Glass to observe how he or she takes notes or works through a math problem.

But now he’s considering other uses. He said the seniors in his advanced programming classes are eager to play with Glass’ software development kit to see what apps they could develop. And documentary film students are considering what kind of first-person narrative movies they could produce using Glass’ point-of-view camera.

“I think the real fun is just putting the device in people’s hands,” he said.

Alderdice is even thinking how the school’s admissions office could use Glass for recruiting students. A first-person guided tour of the school, broadcast over Google Hangouts to faraway students, is particularly appealing, he said.

Right now, one of the biggest questions with Glass is whether it will reach mass appeal, or whether it will become a niche device. Google clearly has iPhone-like ubiquity in mind. The company has said it wants to eventually sell a “consumer edition” for $300 to $500.

Alderdice thinks the question hinges on the kinds of programs developers will deliver. “The success of a device like this comes down to finding those killer apps that inspire people to see the potential in it,” he said.

Assad is confident about Glass’ future. While he said Google has a lot of work to do honing the device, he’s sure the company has a hit on its hands.

“I’d be surprised if this doesn’t become mainstream,” he said.

How They Got Glass

To apply for the Google Glass Explorers program, people wrote a 50-word essay on how they would use the device. Google then chose the winners. Here are the applications from Assad and Alderdice:

• Alderdice, via Google+
#ifihadglass I’d use it to assist Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts teachers in understanding how students experience STEM classroom learning from their perspective. How do they take notes? How do they participate in project-based learning? How do teachers engage them?

• Assad, via Twitter (@christianassad)

@projectglass #ifihadglass I would create augmented reality games tailored to different age groups and transform exercise into a FUN RPG

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