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This Vietnamese Education Startup Is Using Google Glass to Teach English

According to TechinAsia, Topica, “one of Vietnam’s most successful online learning platforms” has launched new program, Topmito, which employs Google Glass help improve the English speaking skills of its students.

Topica, founded in 2008, boasts over 1,000 English students and focuses on leveraging technology to improve their speaking skills. To this end, the company has started an experimental class which will use Google Glass to connect their students with native English speakers around the world.

An example of this can be seen in the video below where, “Google Glass is being used to allow a teacher that sits at home to coach students that go to a local coffee shop in Hanoi, Vietnam. The coffee shop is working in coordination with Topica because it has foreign expat waiters who can interact with the students in English, allowing the students to use English in a practical way,” writes TechinAsia.

Topmito, which started this month, currently has 30 students and if successful, it will be rolled out to all of Topica’s students who will have one Google Glass session per week.

It’s a cool idea and an interesting way of using Google Glass, assuming one is using an internet connection that can stream video, not always a given in Vietnam.


[TechinAsia // Photo via Ted Eytan]

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