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

Parents with kids using More CMH app

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Family using More CMH App Kiosk at Amazing Airway 2 Family using More CMH App Kiosk at Amazing Airway 4

Kids using More CMH app at the diner with parent 3

Kids using More CMH app at the diner with parent 4 Parent and kid using More CMH in Power Science Lab 2

  1. June 7, 2016

    Sean Rooney

    That’s a neat stand for the the ipad. I’m curious to hear about the pros and cons of mobile phone vs standing ipad. Are you looking at how they are used differently during summative? I know the content would be the same for both, but I wonder stay time/group size/who leads interaction ans so on.
    Thanks for posting the pics!

  2. June 8, 2016

    Rizwan

    Sean, yes it’s a comparative study. We are still conducting evaluations so the answers to our questions are still pending, but I will definitely update you guys. Do you have any pics?

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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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