How Undetectable Wearable Technology Will Affect Classrooms

Presented by: Michael Bieber

Wearable computing, such as smart glasses (like Google Glass), essentially will become invisible in the near future. Classroom dynamics will greatly transform as students inevitably bring their wearable technology to class and are undetectably, continuously online (UCO). Instructors and classmates will have to assume that individuals are engaging in both deviant and helpful activities by constantly looking up information, communicating and collaborating online during class, and recording activities, without a way to detect this behavior. UCO presents a major hitherto unplanned, organic, informal and unpreventable technology integration in the classroom. Educators must not be caught unaware, causing teaching approaches and assessment to lose effectiveness.

We’re interested in exploring how student and instructor behavior with UCO will evolve regarding learning, teaching, assessment and classroom dynamics, and why? Can behavior, motivation, learning, teaching and assessment be guided and improved so we gain the maximum benefit for learning and teaching, minimize distraction and negative behavior, and help our students to become responsible digital citizens?

In this discussion-based session, we will introduce UCO and motivate the importance of studying how best to guide it before it becomes pervasive in the classroom. Then we will open a conversation for the rest of the session, discussing issues raised from our focus groups, and exploring questions such as:

(a) How will UCO affect learning, teaching, assessment and classroom dynamics?

(b) What would make faculty and students embrace this technology?

(c) What kind of guidelines, protocols and best practices could emerge to help guide behavior, learning and teaching?

(d) How can we structure research studies to evaluate these issues?

Keywords: digital citizenship, learning spaces, new literacies


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