At home, our students are glued to their smart phones, iPads, and apps, so it’s only fitting that our WorldStrides DiscoverNow! programs have gone high-tech as well! We asked a few of the tech-savviest Course Leaders about how they’re using technology on trips. Here’s a rundown of some of the coolest travel apps out there for an educational and efficient trip:
Wikihood: Comprehensive, location-based app with amazing details at your fingertips. “Instantaneously displays what is important and interesting at a given location,” according to their website.
Arlington Grave Locator: Great resource for helping students, chaperones, and Program Leaders locate historical figures and relatives while visiting Arlington National Cemetery.
9/11 Memorial Guide: Assists visitors with finding names at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, in addition to learning about how the names are arranged.
HopStop: Provides door-to-door directions in more than 100 cities. One reason our Course Leaders like using it is for help with the subway in New York City!
MyGov: Look up the names and office locations for your congressional representatives and senators while visiting Washington, D.C.
Whiteboard: Turning your iPad into a whiteboard can be pretty handy sometimes. Course Leaders like using this at the airport to signal their group when meeting up at baggage claim.
Dropbox: Any photo or document you upload to Dropbox is accessible from your iPhone, iPad, laptop, or home computer. For Course Leaders who like to share their personal photo collections with students, this is an easy way to access files uploaded at home.
FlightAware: Track airline flight arrivals and departures in real time. Perfect for making sure that you’re on schedule!
SCVNGR: WorldStrides has an exclusive partnership with SCVNGR, a location-based scavenger hunt app. Users can answer fun trivia questions and participate in unique challenges that can’t be answered unless you are on site, as indicated by GPS.
A special thank you to Course Leaders Eileen Williams and Heidi Watson for being especially enthusiastic about sharing their love for technology.