Liveblog #LT15UK: Why wearable technology will change learning forever
David Kelly, interesting.. sitting in the first row.. I was googling around on his website when I read this: “While the northeast snowstorm in the US has prevented me from attending in-person in London, we have made arrangements to have me share the session virtually.”. See how this will go!!
Great blog by the way, with all kinds of resources accompanying his presentation. To be found here.
David starts with a comparison.. going on vacation a couple of years ago: you made a plan, searched on a map, took mysterious pictures and wrote letters to Grandma. Now we use google, email and make digital photo’s and video’s. The technology is changed, but we still do the same things.
There is already more wearable technology available then we think. From watches to cloths. What are some examples of applications?
- Monitoring the condition of your baby;
- Recording experiences (for example by wearing Google Glass);
- Responsive coaching;
- Connect and communicate at a distance (e.g. virtual meeting with the doctor in a hospital);
- Authentication (e.g. secure transactions);
- Augmented Reality (e.g. translate written language to your own, using an app)
- Physical Restoration
- Environmental Alignment (think about the smart ‘thermostaat’)
Now, how can we use this technology for learning? David first mentions narration of work: watching an operation from a distance, and maybe even commenting on the way the operation proceeds? Second is virtual support: support from a distance while working in the field. Contextual learning…
..and we lost connection with David. Too bad. In a short wrap up by phone, he advises all of us to play with the wearables, try out new approaches. That is the way to develop this area. Because, it will definitely influence learning, work, life.