21-Tech

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

21-Tech Facilitator Dialogue via Google Hangout

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A great collaboration recently happened between the facilitators at Sciencenter and The Children’s Museum of Houston. It gave us the chance to collaborate on different strategies, challenges, approaches and solutions for the use of technology while engaging with visitors on the floor. We were able to feed off each other by exchanging viable information and ideas that have helped shape our 21-Tech experiences and what we could do to expand those experiences. What was most beneficial was the sharing that took place. The challenges differed in nature, but through collaboration we found that we shared some of the same types of challenges and that our approaches could actually help one another and offer a better tech experience for visitors. It was great being able to share ideas with another 21-Tech institution and hopefully in the future, we will be able to incorporate more facilities seeking to swap collaborative brains.

Here is the YouTube video of the facilitator dialogue: http://youtu.be/6FblJdf3tNU

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Project Brief

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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