Field Trip Experiment – Kids Using Google Goggles at the Museum

Recently, my AP Art History kids and I took a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. I decided that it would be a great opportunity for the students to play with Google Goggles – we could see how it works in practice and I could bug my students for input on the best ways to employ this tool for school. If you’re not familiar with Google Goggles, check out this video below:

I gave them the opportunity to earn extra credit and encouraged those without Smart Phones to share. I gave them the assignment to use Google Goggles on a minimum of two (2) pieces (they could do more if they wanted) and to answer the following questions:

Were the results quick? 

Were the results accurate? 

Does the information appear thorough?

What type of resources does Google locate? 

Does it solely return secondary resources or primary as well? 

Any other observations of note?

I also encouraged them to include pieces that did *not* pull up on on Google Goggles, as we want to see its breadth. The students were eager to use the tools on the trip – borrowing each other’s and even my own phone to try it out. We noticed some stark differences between sculpture and paintings, as well as Modern Art and “Classical.” Sculpture would often not pull up, unless you took the photo from a very specific angle (and even then, you had to take two or three pictures). Paintings were more readily able to be found via Google Image search – the exception being Modern Art with more saturated colors (such as a Rothko). As per usual, I was thoroughly impress with what my students produced.

Here are a few examples of their findings (some with pictures):

Overall, the students found Google Goggles easy (and even fun) to use. However, it does need some further development. Still, they almost universally told me that they would be using it on all future museum visits to learn more about the art around them. One also mentioned that she would be going to Europe with her family during Spring Break and that she planned on giving it a whirl in Italy with the monuments.

22 thoughts on “Field Trip Experiment – Kids Using Google Goggles at the Museum

  1. Jim Wheeler

    I had no idea that such a thing as Google Goggles existed. Amazing.

    As a long-time Star-Trek fan I always liked that the crew could converse with the ship’s artificially intelligent computer, but from my reading I know that true artificial intelligence has been so elusive that there is still serious doubt that it will ever be achieved. However, I see in Google Goggles an aspect of intelligence that might well be integrated into AI. Asimov’s positronic brain all of a sudden seems much closer to reality.

    Thanks, Jen.

      1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

        Yes… Siri does make me fear that Skynet is upon us! Having seen it in action, however, we have a year or two to get our survival kits in order.

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  17. Anna

    What a well-planned, structured and interesting task you have described here! Your students appeared to have been thinking critically, engaged with their surroundings, and using Google Goggles in a meaningful, guided way. I also liked how you made use of your students in order to get feedback on how to integrate Google Goggles into future lessons. Your idea and the well-thought through task which you assigned your students should be used as models for other teachers!

    So my question now is, as a result of this trial, how to do you plan on integrating the tool into your lessons (if at all)? What ideas do you have about using it to enhance learning, rather than just having students evaluate it critically?

    Many thanks (I have just come across your blog!!),


    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      Thank you Anna for your comments. This was a precursor to incorporating the program into my classroom. This year, I am not allotted a field trip 😦 However, I think that I will try to use it for an extra credit assignment!


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