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What are the Virtues and Challenges of Wearable Technology Use in Education?

Elif Buğra Kuzu Demir

[email protected], Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi

Kadir Demir

[email protected], Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi

Hatice Ferhan Odabaşı

[email protected], Anadolu Üniversitesi

The purpose of the current study is to determine the virtues and challenges of future wearable technology use in educational settings by consulting the second-generation digital natives specializing in various disciplines of education. Based on this purpose, this study aimed to have the faculty working in teacher training institutes take some steps for building awareness for pre-service teachers’ experiences regarding wearable technology use.  The study was qualitative in nature and used semi-structured interviews to collect the data. Participants were recruited from PhD candidates studying at Graduate School of Educational Sciences in a state university in Turkey. The qualitative data acquired from the participants were analyzed through contents analysis. The results of the study is expected to reveal that wearable technology use in education may offer the stakeholders great instructional and pedagogical opportunities, such as enhancing communication, easing information retrieval, providing in situ guidance and so forth; but also cause threatens related to the ethical considerations raised due to these practices. Overall, the study suggests set of rules regarding the integration of wearable technologies into education, which may serve as a strategic roadmap for practitioners of all grades ranging from undergraduate students to faculty members to be.

Keywords

Wearable technology, technology integration, use of wearable technology