2016 is shaping up to be the tech-iest year yet for schools and universities. Besides the newest tech savvy advances in software and educational furniture, something called “wearable tech” will likely be making its grand entrance around school desks and tables near you very soon. Wearable tech is just what it sounds like – technology that we wear. Here at Osterman Cron, we think this new technology is going to be a hit for one big reason: its ability to customize to each student and teacher’s specific needs. Here are a few examples of how wearable tech will be used in schools across the country:
In many college classes, hundreds of students pack into lecture halls every hour. Taking attendance in these classes has been somewhat impossible until now. Sporting a pair of smart glasses with facial recognition, professors will have the ability to take attendance of every student in their class and even call on students by name.
From university furniture and lecture halls to high school gym class and dodge balls, wearable tech will suit up to play here as well. In physical education classes, students will have special bracelets tracking their heart rate, how many steps they have taken, and even track their hydration levels. Now, gym teachers will know just how hard to push each student individually.
Imagine elementary school students on a field trip to the aquarium using Google Glass to enhance their visit. Much like a virtual tour guide, Google Glass will give students new facts as they approach each animal. Teachers are also able to virtually check on students to see that they aren’t “monkeying” around during the trip.
Individualization in any industry makes everything better, especially in the education furniture industry. One factor that clients love about OstermanCron as school furniture suppliers is our ability to customize products to meet their needs. Here’s an example. We wouldn’t be a leading Cincinnati office furniture dealer if we thought every student and teacher all required the exact same school classroom furniture, and technology is beginning to take steps towards catering to everyone’s needs individually too.