by Carmen Watts-Clayton
When I attended the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, cesweb.org/#(CES2016) it was like going on a safari into the world of our future lives. Technology’s trends were displayed and demonstrated, such as education becoming gamified, companion robots to help Autistic kids socialize, body sensors and trackers to keep track of our whereabouts and health conditions, then to wirelessly relay vital information to caregivers. We saw robots to replace pets, robots to fold laundry, and robo-secretaries and nannies coming into view as a normal part of life in the very near future.
Here are some of the best high-tech products I saw and experienced, which you should check out this year:
Right Eye (cooperating with Tobii) Using eye-gaze for visual skills and neurology data righteye.com
iAmili — The World’s First Wearable Language Translator (needs no internet access). Designed for travels but ideal for teachers and ELL voice activated translating – iamili.com
Fun and education
Robolink teaches how to code, build a robot, and fly a drone at robolink.com
WowWee Companion Robots – including the cutest little dog! See youtube/Dbz3asriZh
Kodak and other tech companies are innovating in the world of virtual reality (VR) experiences and devices. Although several new models are available, most are still out of reach of schools. However, some companies now offer low-cost VR Action Cams that can be easily assembled. They use your smartphone and free apps to help us experience the 360 degree virtual world that will become common in their future.
You can request an action cam from Kodak. To do so, write to Kodak on their Contact page and explain how your class would benefit by using “Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Cam” 360 VR Glasses.
It’s clear that the future of our students will be filled with tech devices, software, and sensors. We need to explore these concepts and inventions, so they can benefit from the many innovations coming quickly into the modern world.
Carmen Watts-Clayton is lead teacher in a moderate/severe elementary special day class. She is a vocal proponent of technology in the classroom and has experience securing donations and grants to support it. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your experiences or questions.