The 21-Tech initiative has allowed me as a Discovery Guide to push myself further on how much information I can process and share with each visitor I encounter.- Odis Garrett, Children’s Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech is a bridge between our museum guides and the visitors in that it creates connections between educational concepts and the real world.- Shawn Waxali, Children’s Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech has helped Discovery Guides engage visitors by extending their experience through the apps and applying it to the exhibits.- Ian Tibby, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech is a way of ‘hiding the vegetables in the fruit’ where the kids do not realize they are learning, but instead having fun and being fed knowledge that intrigues their minds.- Lauren Bell, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide
21-Tech provides a new outlet for our Discovery Guides to interact with the visitors in a way that further enhances their experience and makes the visit overall extra enjoyable.- Sylvia Garcia, Children's Museum of Houston Discovery Guide

Apple TV

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We’ve been using Apple TV as a way to share iPad content and facilitator activity with larger groups of visitors. The iPad usability and interface allows volunteers and visitors to access additional information, videos, images, and apps, and having the larger screen makes that content available to groups of people (such as school groups at our salt water touch tank). The larger screen acts as a nice attraction, too. We’re currently looking to expand this concept in other galleries, too!

Is anyone else using additional hardware with their PMTs? How does it work?

Apple TV

  1. January 31, 2013


    I’d love to see pictures of this setup and people using it!

  2. January 31, 2013

    Neelam Damani

    What an excellent idea! In two of our galleries, we have iPads secured in lock stations and then connected to TV monitors via cables. But I think using Apple TV might be a great alternative because it would allow the iPad to be mobile, and the content could still be shared. Also, currently, we don’t use iPads during school tours because of the screen limitation. I can just imagine kids going crazy when they can see their work being transmitted to a big screen!

    Yeah, I’d love to learn more, and see picture if possible. Thanks!

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21-Tech partners study and share the effective use of Personal Mobile Technologies (PMTs) by gallery facilitators in their work with visitors. The initial three years (2011-2013) of 21-Tech are funded in large part by a 21st Century Museum Professionals award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project is led by the Children’s Museum of Houston in partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science, New York Hall of Science, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Sciencenter. For more information, please visit the About page.

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