'Smart glasses' in the classroom improve learning

MU College of Education professor Isa Jahnke explains how the wearable technology can streamline communication and keep students engaged.

October 30, 2020


Brian Consiglio: With mobile technology constantly evolving, cell phones have become mini computers in our pockets. And now with hands-free smart glasses, access to cameras and the internet can be worn on your eyes. To explore the possibilities of this emerging technology, MU College of Education professor Isa Jahnke studied the benefits of students using smart glasses in a dentistry training program.

Jahnke: “Smart glasses are obviously glasses you put on your face, and you are hands free, and in a dentistry study program where you have a teacher and students learning to become dentists, we wanted to explore what these technologies can do in this situation.”

Consiglio: With the new smart glasses, the students were able to send messages to their teacher via voice commands or with pictures, which streamlined communication and improved workplace organization and coordination.

Jahnke: “To explore such new technologies like smart glasses, it helps us better understand how to organize and design the future workplace, and this is really helpful for improving learning.”

Consiglio: Jahnke added that other industries, including manufacturers and mechanics, could benefit from the technology by using the smart glasses when fixing cars, examining airplanes, or even building furniture.

Jahnke: “The benefit of the research is understanding how we can train new employees, for example apprenticeship programs, or other companies like manufacturing companies. Smart glasses can be used to communicate and stay organized.”

Consiglio: I’m Brian Consiglio, with a Spotlight on Mizzou.

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