It would be hard for anyone to fail to notice the rise in popularity and prevalence that wearable technology has had over the last few years. Within the entertainment, retail and even business sector wearable tech have become incredibly useful and commonplace. What about education though? Is there a place for wearable technology within the classroom? The short answer is – yes, there is and many schools are already making use of these portable and clever pieces of kit to enhance and improve the school experience for children.
In the following post, we will look at some of the ways wearable technology has and can be implemented in the classroom environment to help students.
Fitness Trackers And Activity Trackers
Although marketed towards people looking to keep fit and track their progress, there is a place for fitness trackers and activity trackers within an education environment. They usually track steps, count calories burned and monitor other metrics such as heart rate and pulse. Many schools have already made use of Fitbits and other similar devices to improve the training of their athletes or to encourage children to do more during P.E. It can help encourage and motivate them to do more and do it better. For example, a track and field athlete at a school would benefit from wearable tech like a fitness tracker to help them monitor their speed and heart rate to see if there was any way to tweak their performance to go faster.
After the smartphone came the smart watch. These are very useful in a business environment, but can also be used in education. By making use of cutting-edge educational apps, pupils can use smart watches to improve the capacity of their memory, play interesting and interactive learning games and also learn foreign languages. They also have the ability, as you have probably seen advertised, to function in a similar way to fitness trackers in that they can track things like heart rate, steps taken and calories burned.
Not all wearable tech is used for the learning side of things in schools and education. RFID technology, that is, Radio Frequency Identification technology transfers data wirelessly using electromagnetic fields. Essentially, RFID tags can be used to track and monitor children. Although that might sound a bit intrusive, it was introduced as a way of counteracting against students bunking off school, as well as preventing anything happening to children between the school bus and school entrance. When readers are installed in schools, they can be used to monitor the movement of pupils around the school.
They can also be used to help parents make better use of their time by automating attendance. As students enter school, the reader is notified that they are there and there is no need for the teacher to call the register.
We have just touched upon the tip of the iceberg really when it comes to the potential wearable technology has in the school and education setting. As the software and hardware continue to evolve and improve, it is expected that more and more schools and other educational organisations and institutes will make use of wearable tech.