During the initial phases of this project, my colleagues and I became interested in seeing how the experience of using apps on the museum floor with groups vs families would differ? We were also considering whether or not different facilitating strategies were needed when using the app with these audiences. With respect to the camp or school groups, we had a majority of situations where the camp group stood with the explainer for an extended period of time and this experience even evolved to a mini-tour. One thing I did notice as an observer was the fact that when the group was relatively large (8-10 kids at one exhibit), 1-2 kids would leave only to be replaced by other students from the same group.
In terms of dealing with our visitors who came in a family group setting, we notice a very similar experience. A majority were engaged to the point where they would follow the explainer to another nearby exhibit which began a mini-tour format. One of the major differences is that the family group would stay all together for the whole experience. The smaller sized audience allowed for everyone to participate.
As we progress with this project, we really look forward to explore this topic a bit more and see if further development of facilitating strategies is needed. We would love to get your insights and experience on this topic as well!