I think of all of the debriefings, Greg’s video was one of the most dynamic and amusing. The overall presentation was fabulous as was the music. I think Greg may have found a new calling! Truly a magnificent video, with inspiring music and a fantastic voice over. Definitely worth a second look.
Which brings me to the technology, Google Glass. I’ll admit that I had my doubts about Google Glass as an educational tool. Going into this class, I understood some of what Google Glass could do however I saw it as more of a gimmick rather then a useful tool. However, as James pointed out, Google Glass could be used to provide information to the audience to help enhance their enjoyment of music.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of going to the symphony. It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the music. Not having a strong musical background, I was simply intimidated by the experience. There was so much going on that I had a hard time of keeping track of everything. I generally had no idea what instruments were being played nor did I understand the background behind most of the music. It felt like going to the movies and being blindfolded. This is where Google Glass can step in. For some one like me, I could sit there in the audience, enjoying the music and also learning about what’s going on or be visually stimulated.
I think that was the genius of Disney. Fantasia was a truly stunning production that highlighted fantastic music pieces and augmented them by visually telling a story that matched. This combination of visual and audio stimulation combined delivered the full picture for me. If Google Glass can do this for other musical performances, I’d take a serious look at getting one. Well, once I saved up enough to afford it!