If properly implemented, devices such as wearables, VR headsets, and heart-rate monitors offer real benefits to the students.
Whether they are tracking student progress, enabling experiential learning, or passing the time during recess, wearable technology holds a certain promise in K-12 schools. They are already making headway throughout the general public and, according to New Media Consortium, wearable technology is only four to five years away from achieving a widespread use. Because of this, there are many schools that are ahead of the curve and already have big plans for the future.
- Upgrade Your Network
The 2013 ConnectED initiative instituted by President Obama has led many schools to upgrade their WiFi networks to accommodate the flood of devices in their schools like smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Schools, when upgrading, can acquire enough bandwidth to support the requirements of new devices.
- Student Privacy a Concern
The ability to share data widely and easily is one of the biggest advantages to wearable devices, but many of you have likely already had the thought “But what about student privacy?”
A great question with a simple solution: excellent data hosts. All of your data needs to be secured and follow HIPAA and CEPA protocols. This gives access to certain information by only certain teachers.
- Practice Makes Perfect – And Training is Often Critical
There are many technologies that are simple and quite user-friendly. However, there are many new devices that require a bit of practice to get used to, but with the right training, anyone can become an expert. Training is often necessary if the teacher is expected to implement new technology successfully.