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Exploring the Use of Wireless Technology in a Hands-On Science Museum
     

The Electronic Guidebook is an Exploratorium research project investigating the use of handheld computing devices and wireless networks to support a richer learning experience for science museum visitors. In collaboration with HP Labs and the Concord Consortium, and with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Exploratorium tested a network of mobile devices, wireless systems, and Web-based content that supplement the museum’s interactive science exhibits. The continuing goal of the project is to investigate how such a network will allow individuals and groups to engage in a continuum of activities before, during, and after a museum visit to support a deeper engagement with the exhibits and the ideas they can communicate.

 
 
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2005
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This two-day forum brought together researchers and developers for discussion of the latest findings on the application of handheld computers and wireless networks in museum exhibitions.

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2001
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This two-day forum brought together researchers and developers for discussion of the latest findings on the application of handheld computers and wireless networks in museum exhibitions.

 
   
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