Spotlight on Project Demonstrations: 21-Tech and the Children’s Museum of Houston

This blog was originally published on the WebWise 2013 blog.

By Lisa Rhody

This year, WebWise will feature nine project demonstrations that embrace the Institute for Museum and Library Services’s (IMLS) strategic goals.  Project demonstrations will include a 15-minute introduction by demonstrators with a 20-minute follow-up question and answer period.  Conference participants will have time to see three full-length project demonstrations.

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting information about the projects you can expect to see and give you the time to plan which demonstrations you wish to attend.  The first “Spotlight on Project Demonstrations” features the 21-Tech project from the Children’s Museum of Houston, which can be found online at 21-Tech.org.

The 21-Tech project team of five science centers has spent the past three years developing techniques for floor staff and volunteers to engage visitors using tablets (mostly iPads) as facilitation tools.  Through multiple iterations, museum staff members have identified apps from the iTunes app market that lengthen, deepen, and/or extend visitor interactions with specific hands-on exhibits.  This demonstration will examine the resulting techniques, tools and evaluation findings, which are also available through the project’s website, 21-Tech.org. Partners include the Children’s Museum of Houston (CMH), Lawrence Hall of Science, New York Hall of Science, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and Sciencenter. Three phases of evaluation (to date) have been led by the Garibay Group.  The 21-Tech project director from CMH, Cheryl McCallum, Ed.D., will be leading the demonstration in collaboration with CMH’s co-project director Keith Ostfeld and project evaluator Cecilia Garibay, Ph.D.

Remember, only registered WebWise participants will be able to attend project demonstrations on Thursday, March 7th, and there is still time to register on-line.

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