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

Polling Feature

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LHS has found the ability to include a polling feature through Polldaddy.com and their polldaddy WordPress plugin. This opens up many opportunity for CMH to make the app interactive. Educators will now be able to asked question pertaining to the post content or even general question relating to the whole exhibit or subject matter. This also gives the educators the ability to conduct short surveys about a component and visitor engagement.

The polls are added in the post page in the WYSIWYG field. You will be able to customize the poll skin, and have the ability to choose a radio button or checkbox for answers to limit choices or allow user to select multiple answers.

Here is a screen show of what a poll may look like in a post.

Poll sample

If you decide to use the polling feature, what will you use it for?


  1. February 29, 2016

    Aaron Nash

    OMSI will be trying out polls as well. It will be interesting to see how/if our results vary.

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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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