USC Journalism School Gets Geeky With Google Glass Class

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A woman wearing Google Glass (Photo by seye8eyes via the Creative Commons on Flickr)

We've seen Google Glass being used in a variety of ways, from chef Roy Choi giving a cooking demonstration with them to Virgin Atlantic staff using the eye wear to make check-ins easier at the airport. However, a USC professor is taking it to the next level—by offering a journalism class on Google Glass come fall.

Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor at USC's Annenberg school of journalism, will be helming the course that will have about 12 students, according to the Wall Street Journal and Mashable.

However, the students won't be using the high-tech spectacles to interview subjects. The class will be made up of teams of journalists, designers and developers to explore and create news apps that are catered for Google Glass (in the sense of "content creation to content consumption"), according to Hernandez's post on his Tumblr and his course syllabus.

The professor gave the Wall Street Journal an example of the types of apps his students would aim to create; one of them would allow someone who is looking directly at their City Hall to be able to read news articles in relation to that with their Google Glass.

“Half my colleagues don’t know what I do for a living," Hernandez said to Mashable. "They don’t understand it, some of them might think I’m trying to kill journalism. The truth is I’m trying to save it, and advance it.”