Paige donned the wearable eye “Glass” device, and adjusted the right eye Optical Head Mounted Display (OHUD) prism eye piece. With a brief demonstration on the basics of using Glass’s touch screen frame, I pointed toward my eyes, and descriptively nominated it as, “The Information Eyeway.”

Paige’s palpable enthusiasm for new technology revealed her optimistic outlook for Glass, as potentially being a game changing device. In fact, when using the Glass’s media options (taking photos, video recording), she immediately added an educational value benefit, to the device, as being a one-of-a-kind educational tool suggesting its useful purpose as dynamically adding real-time, first person experiential perspectives, contributing potentially rich media content for both teaching and learning.

Paige’s observations, in reflection, are keenly poignant, mentioning that traditional face-to-face communications are by far the first choice; however, direct as well as tangential benefits of Glass’s social apps like Twitter, Tumblr, and especially with its streaming capabilities, has garnered positive attention for engagement in multiple levels of communication.

Paige offers the university community a refocused vision on wearable technologies by piloting and immersing herself in the Google Glass Explorer experience. Her engagement is clearly an open minded leadership decision, illuminating a crystal clear perception of the high technical standards for innovation, in synchronization with continued high academic standards. One question posed to Paige was about the apparent disruption that Glass technology might have on the university campus. Paige profoundly stated that, “There is nothing too funky that we are not willing to try; Disruption or not, it is expected in experiencing new technologies.”

As I left her office, there was synergistic excitement and optimism about the possibilities of Glass technology in education in two main ways. Firstly, that emerging device disruption is expected, and secondly, wearable technologies need to be taken seriously, and proactively discussed among key members of the university community. Without a doubt, Glass’s ubiquitous, “all-in-one” functional design will leave a historical mark when it arrives on campus, and that might be as soon as this autumn.

Paige’s spotlight interview on Google Glass perhaps will enlighten many stakeholders’ perspectives on wearable technologies, revealing open-eyed and thoughtful views on its realistic usability in higher education.

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Alexander Hayes and Roxann Riskin with Paige Francis attribution and interviews

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Roxann Riskin is a technology specialist/supervisor at Fairfield University.

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