Wearable technology in the classroom: what’s available and what does it do?

By: theguardian.com

ar4The terracotta brickwork of the Great Wall of China transfixes a group of students, who reach out to touch the stone in front of them. But these children are not in east Asia. Instead, they’ve been magically transported to the historic monument by a virtual reality (VR) headset.They are using Expeditions, a new classroom initiative unveiled by Google in May. The inexpensive cardboard contraption – literally a folded piece of cardboard with lenses attached – turns a smartphone into a VR viewer.More than 100 classes have already used it to transport students to places such as Verona in Italy to study Romeo and Juliet and California to explore a coral reef.“The creativity we have seen from teachers, and the engagement from students, has been incredible,” says Google’s Ben Schrom, product manager for Expeditions.This viewer is one of a growing number of “wearables” – a fuzzy term that refers to any device you can wear (think headsets, fitness trackers and smartwatches) – that could soon be a regular fixture in classrooms. It’s still early days and few schools are even aware of this new breed of devices.” To read further please click here:  http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jul/28/wearable-technology-classroom-virtual-reality

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