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
NFC readers are becoming common in modern smart phones.
the commands stored in the NFC stamp can potentially be invasive.
I am interested as to the ways other museums solved or dealt with these issues.
There’s some debate as to whether NFC or BTLE will be the technology for locating someone in a building’s interior. But in terms of matching some sort of experience to a smart phone or token with some sort of personal tracking, I know the Tech in San Jose has done something like this. They may have used NFC, but I know last decade, they used bar codes so visitors could track their own experiences through their museum. I don’t know what issues they had, though, technically or ethically. I like the idea of having an app that allows visitors track their experiences, but also, they should be able to turn it off and on. I know Monterey AQ’s app uses iOS8’s indoor location tech: it may use BTLE, but I’m not sure. But you can not allow the app to use your location.