Tag Archives: SCVNGR

ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ! NAH Month in Review

30 Jun

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already June 3oth! Where has this month gone?! Time really does fly by when you’re having fun, and there were lots of games and activities  happening here at the MIA.

To celebrate National Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day, we gave out freebies like puzzles, temporary tattoos, “crunchers” (or “cootie catchers”), colouring pages, and build-an-inuksuk crafts. They were supposed to be for visitors, but once our staff unpacked them we just had to test them ourselves. You know, just to make sure they all worked properly…

Our celebrations also went digital. All month we had been posting Tweets and Facebook updates where one word or phrase was selected in the various dialects of Inuit language. Some of these words related to family members like ᐊᑖᑕ or ataata for “father” and Arctic animals like ᓇᓄᖅ or nanuq for “polar bear” but we also posted some less obvious words like “coffee” and “cabin” to poke fun at some of my intern-antics.

We also created some challenges on SCVNGR for visitors to play and earn points. After completing a few activities and answering some trivia questions, museum visitors can redeem points for a free membership!

And as of a few moments ago, MIA launched our official Instagram account! Now visitors can connect with us through the photos they’ve taken themselves. We’re really curious to see some of the great artsy shots people take our of collection. Find us on there – our username is “miamuseum.”

Sneaky side note: These two new smart phone additions may or may not be good practice for another awesome tech addition MIA will be rolling out next month. But more on that later…

Now that National Aboriginal History Month is drawing to a close, and people are gearing up for the Canada Day long weekend, everyone at MIA wanted to say a giant ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ (nakurmiimmarialuk /thank you very much) for celebrating with us. We hope you had a great month, and we’ll see you again in a year!

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant

Let’s go on a SCVNGR hunt!

14 Jun

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!!!
Best internship day  EVER!
*giggles for five minutes and high fives some staff*

I am just so excited about the MIA’s latest smartphone adoption – SCVNGR!!
Pronounced “scavenger”, our latest piece of museum tech is a gaming platform. That’s right, I get to play games at my internship.

A lot of companies and cultural institutions are getting behind this thing because it’s a fun way for visitors to interact with their environment and get free stuff. Different SCVNGR locations offer games (known as “challenges”) that ask the visitor to either answer questions or perform tasks. These challenges are worth points that can be redeemed for awesome free stuff.

You’re not even limited to playing these  games in one place.
SCVNGR also has “treks” which are a series of challenges spread over multiple areas. For example, you could find a coffee trek and visit various cafes and coffee  shops, accumulating points as you move along. And you don’t have to worry about completing a trek in a single go, you can stop and start whenever you want without losing your progress.

How to Play:

1. Download the SCVNGR app from your Android Play Store or iPhone App Store
2. Create an account
3. Use the search bar to type in the name of a store, or restaurant, or I don’t know… a museum – might I suggest the Museum of Inuit Art
4. Select the “Challenges” tab and scroll down to see a list of different games in the “Feeling Adventurous” section
5. Choose one of the challenges and follow the instructions to earn points that go to getting rewards
6. Different rewards require  different points. Once you’ve earned enough to points, you’ll be promoted to redeem them. Simply click the “Info” tab and and select the reward check mark towards the bottom of the screen.
IMPORTANT: You will only be allowed to redeem rewards once so be sure to show your activation screen to staff members a.s.a.p or else you’ll lose out.

If you don’t feel like doing wonderfully fun and silly games there are some other ways to get points:
“Check-in” = 1 point
Kind of like Foursquare, but… not?

“Social check-in” = 2 points per friend when you BUMP YOUR PHONES WITH ANOTHER PHONE TO ACTIVATE POINTS!!
Seriously, you hit each others phones like mini hip-checks or chest bumps or high fives… (can you tell we were super excited by this feature and played around a lot with it?)

BUMPING PHONES!! And being totally professional about it.

“Say Something” = 2 points
Here is where you can either write a quick note, an idea, or even a mini review.

“Snap a Picture” = 2 points
Take a picture of something you find pretty, or interesting, or pretty interesting.

In case you don’t trust me and my brief SCVNGR 101 lesson, the good people who actually run the software came up with this handy video tutorial.

I’ve already set up a few challenges and created a reward which the staff has successfully completed (and giggled over as well) so things are ready to go if you want to grab your smartphone and start playing! That’s what I’ll be doing until home time tonight 🙂

– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Educational Assistant