A tech guide to the summer Olympics

Q Are there any apps that can help our family enjoy the summer Olympics? A Though the ancient Greeks couldn’t have imagined the Olympic games would have its own Facebook page, that is the exactly where more than 2.7 million visitors have gone to find information and postings about the bi-annual games. In fact, this year’s event has more than one Facebook page, a YouTube channel, and yes, there are even a few apps.

Athlete interviews, schedules and tickets are just some of the offerings online. While the summer games don’t officially begin until July 23, families can get the most out of the summer games by exploring these tech resources today.

  • Olympic.org and London2012.com One is about The Olympics and one is dedicated to this summer’s games in London. Get game schedules, find out about tickets, shop the Olympic store, read about athletes’ stories and follow the torch as it ends its 70-day journey to London.
  • Twitter.com/London 2012 The Olympics are also on Twitter, and the excitement builds with each tweet. You can get news, stories and links to photos by following along.
  • Facebook.com/London2012 The official page for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Follow the journey of athletes and organizers leading up to the exciting event.
  • TeamUSA.org Information about the U.S. Olympic teams.
  • Mascot-games.london2012.com Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots of London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, have their own fun page for kids.Watch videos, make your own mascot and play games online to build up the excitement before opening day.
  • YouTube.com/London 2012 Check out exclusive video footage of behind-the-scenes preparations and athlete interviews.
  • ActivityVillage.co.uk/summer_olympics.htm and EnchantedLearning.com/olympics Kids can find fun printables, activity ideas and coloring pages at these sites.

Going Mobile

Mobile information is key, especially for families traveling
this summer.

  • 2012 London Games App is a free app with a
    detailed countdown to the games and a guide to schedules designed
    for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • London Olympics 2012 and 2012 London
    Olympics Planner
    are also free apps and will give Android
    users essential information for the games.
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