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Sight

Posted on September 10, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL 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

 

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Step 1

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?

 

Step 2

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.

 

Step 3

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.

 

Step 4

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.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

 

Step 5

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?

 

Step 6

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.

Project Glass: One day… from INVO Group on Vimeo.

 

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.

 

Step 7

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 this English language lesson.

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13 thoughts on “Sight

  1. Love your website, thank you for coming up with new ways of bringing media in to the English classroom.
    I was just reading about Google’s glasses in the newspaper yesterday – scary concept after watching your video clip. I will definitely use this though not sure when as only training at the moment (English and Film and Media trainee teacher)
    Fiona :)

  2. Love this Kieran….Thanks once again. The concept of augmented reality really gave food for thought to my CAE class on the influence of IT in the present and the future (an authentic Cambridge past paper question). They had been struggling on ideas for the future.

    Fed in some discourse markers to the part where they note down positive/negative aspects (besides,in fact, that is to say, on the other hand, etc) and the class really took off. The second video really works as students see that current smart phone technology is not so far away.

    Just bought myself a new pair of glasses too..now where’s the button?

    Tim Kelly

    • Hi Tim,

      Thanks a lot for commenting and for your great feedback. Really great to know that your students found the lesson useful. You’re absolutely right that the Google glasses video shows that the current technology is not far away from what we see in sci-fi films.

      All the best,

      Kieran

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  4. Thanks a lot for sharing fantastic ideas and videos!
    I used this lesson and it raised a lot of issues for discussion from sci-fi movies and books up to cartoons. It was just great!

    Márcia Miasaki

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  6. Sight is a great idea for a lesson! My students have thoroughly enjoyed this class and it has also inspired independent research… thanks!!

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