I’m David Fetterman, evaluator, author, entrepreneur, and Google Glass user. Yesterday, we talked about what Google Glass is and how it can revolutionize communications. Today, let’s turn to thinking about how Glass could be used as an evaluation tool.
Hot Tips – Glass for Empowerment Evaluation: Youth (with parental permission) can wear the Glass to produce photovoice productions, sharing their pictures of their neighborhoods and videos of the activities. It’s easy (and fun) – that’s my son over on the right trying out Glass. Their stories can be used as part of their self-assessment, gaining insight into their lives and potentially transforming their worlds.
Community and staff members can post their digital photographs (and videos) on a common server or blog while conducting their self-assessment with the blink of an eye. This ensures community access, a sense of immediacy, and transparency.
Community and staff members can use Google Hangout on Glass to communicate with each other about their ratings, preliminary findings, and plans for the future.
Hot Tips – Glass for Traditional Evaluation: Evaluators can use it to communicate with colleagues on the fly, share data (including pictures and video) with team members, and conduct spontaneous videoconference team meetings. Note that everyone doesn’t need to have Glass, as Glass users can leverage its capabilities while connecting with others who are using Smartphones or computers.
Glass stamp dates photos, videos, and correspondence, ensuring historical accuracy.
Glass can be used as an effective “ice breaker” to gain access to a new group.
Evaluators can also solicit feedback from colleagues about their performance, with brief videos of their data collection and reporting behavior. There is a precedent for this type of critique – assessments of student teaching videos.
Glass can be used to provide “on the fly” professional development with streaming video of onsite demonstrations for colleagues working remotely.
In addition, Glass can help maximize evaluator’s multi-tasking behavior (when appropriate).
Lessons Learned – Caveats:
Take time to get to know people before disrupting their norm with this innovation.
Plan to use it over time to allow people to become accustomed to it and drop their company manners.
Respect people’s privacy. Ask for permission to record any behavior.
Do not use it in bathrooms, while driving, or in areas requiring additional sensitivity, e.g. bars, gang gatherings, and funerals.
In the short term, expect the shock factor, concerns about invasion of privacy, and a lot of attention. Over time, as the novelty wears off and they become more common place, Glass will be less obtrusive than a bag of digital cameras, laptops, and Smartphones.
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