Saturday, August 11, 2018

OOOOhhhh! A New App!!!

It's sleepover time in our house tonight!  I promised our grandkids that they could have a sleepover sometime this summer when school was out, and this is the weekend.  As a mom and former elementary teacher, I know that we need to keep busy so we spent the afternoon at the Minnesota Zoo.  I started wondering: does the Minnesota Zoo have an app?

When I went to the app store, I discovered that they certainly do have an app.  I was surprised at some of the things you can do with the app.  I was expecting a map and maybe a schedule.  It certainly did have those things, but there was so much more!  

While you can check those things, you can actually build a schedule for your visit.  As you complete each activity, you check it off the list.  This list even includes going to the bathroom before heading to the parking lot to go home.  I thought this was a great feature.

There was also a communication page with icons that talk for you.  You can choose from the following: Bathroom please, I need a break, I feel happy, I am hungry, I am nervous, I like this place, I need help, I am thirsty, and I am tired.  This is such a great service for children and adults who need assistance with communication.

This is a very comprehensive app.  There are narratives about what to expect at the zoo and about the different areas of the zoo.  They call it Social Guides.  It includes a section that talks about caring for the animals.  I was especially impressed that they have games available if you need a break.  They also have information about first aid, restrooms, wheelchair/cart/stroller rentals, food, quiet spaces, and busy times.  This was really the place to go for any information you may need.

We had a great time at the zoo today, and I was very happy to find some technology that enhanced our experience.  It always brings me joy to discover new technology.  Have you found any new tech that surprised you?

Have you found your Tech Joy today?


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