Best Use of Smart Watches in Education

We live in an age where technology is everywhere. With a swipe of a finger, we can access an incredible amount of information within seconds. This instant accessibility to data has revolutionised the way people live their day-to-day lives raising the bar for each subsequent technology. One of the more recent additions to this revolution of instant data, is the smart watch. The smart watch has been designed as an extension of your smartphone. Now you can prioritise your incoming notifications including messages, emails, calls and social networks and know when something requires your immediate attention. For example, next time you are at a family dinner and feel the vibration in your pocket, instead of pulling out your phone from your pocket and seeming rude, you can simply tilt your wrist and check whether it is important. Smartwatch apps also let you control what music you want to play, take a photo remotely or even control your other smart appliances.

As smart watch technology continues to grow and evolve, so does the number of things you can do with it. It is no longer just a fitness device to help you stay healthy, there are tons of other great ways the technology can enhance your life. One field taking advantage of the new innovations is the education industry. Smart watches are discreet, cost-effective and loaded with functionality. So it is no surprise that this device can help teachers in a great way. Teachers can track students’ behaviour, gather assessment information and take attendance, all in an easy, non-intrusive manner. This allows them to be mobile throughout the classroom and creates more opportunities for one-on-one instruction. The immediate benefits of smart watches are not just limited to instructors, students can benefit too. For instance, the biomechanics feature in smart watches makes them useful in physical education settings. Students can keep track of their steps, calories burnt and even their heart rate during a game. In science class, students can look up information about chemicals or solve equations using the smart watch built-in calculator.

The smartwatch applications are also designed in such a way that it can increase the efficiency, productivity and ergonomic benefits when applied to dental technology programs. This technology also enables dentists to make their patients more comfortable and ultimately increase client base. With the smart technology, students can also use web interfaces to send texts to their teachers regarding homework and ask questions which they are hesitant to ask out loud in the classroom. Additionally, the device can function as a remote for PowerPoint presentations and other organisational tools.

Many tertiary students are prone to going off track academically. Unfortunately, many do not realise the degree they side-tracked until it is too late and the current methods of providing feedback to students about their progress do not provide sufficient help. However, with smart watches, students can quickly see when they are getting off track and modify their behaviour. This would require smaller changes that are easier to adjust than if the student only discovers a problem in the middle of the term.

When it comes to collaboration amongst students and teachers, student communication, smart watches are very powerful tools. The potential of being able to positively connect with students or to build academic relationships is limitless. It would also enable teachers to connect with external students via FaceTime and help them with lessons or questions.

All the facilities like camera, games, and application tools for measurements, fitness or calculations are squeezed into smart watches. By utilising these exciting and innovative technology, education can enhance learning outcomes and allow students to access education calmly, flexibly and seamlessly.