I received a link to the infographic below, which suggests ways to use Google Glass in higher education. (Google Glass is a pair of glasses that have a screen in the top right of one of the lenses; voice recognition software pulls up information on that screen when you speak to Glass.) The article accompanying the ingographic argues that this kind of “wearable technology” will increase productivity in college learning–the argument seems to be that if you can look up something online without having to physically type into a search engine, then you can keep moving around the chemistry lab or the art studio, etc.
My main concern with this concept is one of information literacy. One of the huge challenges for educators today is teaching students to critically assess their own “information seeking behavior” (). When students use online search engines to look for information, they need to evaluate how and why they receive the return results for reasons like evaluating credibility and being aware of how information is made accessible. If we move to tools that make the technology of searching more invisible for sake of productivity, I worry that we will miss an important step of teaching young people to critically evaluate and challenge the structures that determine what information they access and how they access it.
Perhaps you share this concern, or have others, or completely disagree. In any case, I”d like to hear from you!
An Infographic by www.OpenColleges.edu.au