This lesson is designed around a short film called Sight by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo at Sight Systems, and the themes of gadgets and apps, augmented realities and the future.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)
Learner type: Teens and adults
Time: 90 minutes
Activity: Watching a short film and video, speaking
Topic: Gadgets, apps and augmented reality
Language: Vocabulary related to gadgets and apps
Materials: Short film and video
Downloadable materials: sight lesson instructions
Write gadgets on the board and ask what it means. If necessary give this definition: a small tool that has a particular function which is often a novelty. Ask for examples of gadgets. If necessary give some examples such as a mobile phone, a digital camera, an ipad, an ipod and a flatscreen TV.
Put students into pairs and ask them to discuss the following questions:
Which gadgets have you got or would like to have?
If you could invent a new gadget what would it do?
Write Apps on the board and ask your students what they are. They will probable know apps is an abbreviation of application. An app is piece of software which runs on the internet, a computer, mobile phone or other electronic devices. Ask them if they use any apps.
Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film about a gadget or an app called Sight. Put them in small groups and ask them to discuss the following questions:
What do you think an app called Sight might do?
What do you think you will see in the film?
After five minutes get feedback from the groups.
Tell them to watch the film and notice what Sight does. Ask them to think about what the advantages and disadvantages of Sight might be.
After watching the film discuss what Sight is. Students will probably realise that it is a type of app or a device which augments reality. Ask the following questions:
Would you like to have Sight?
What would you use Sight for?
How could Sight be misused?
Do you think that an app or a device like Sight is possible in the future?
Ask students if they have heard about Project Glass or Google Glasses. Tell them they are going to watch a short video which shows what Project Glass is. As they watch they should notice how Project Glass is similar to Sight.
Explain to students that Glass Project is a research and development programme by Google to develop augmented reality products which are similar to glasses and display information available to smartphone users.
Put students into small groups and ask them to discuss the following question:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of augmented reality gadgets and apps?
I hope you enjoy the lessons.