If you’re already working with a local jail or juvenile detention center, or have always considered working with one, why not try Teen Tech Week as a reason to start? Can you bring in a hand held recorder and ask the teens to talk about their favorite technology, transfer to Audacity, and then have them listen? Can you bring different cameras in to show what kind of features they have? I read an article this morning and watched a short video on what one man in town does to inspire teens with photography and thought it might work at the jail as well. Or this article for working with music. Sometimes, CD covers can be interesting to the teens for their lyrics and photos. Is there a CD player available that they can listen to their favorite music on? Can you bring your iPod? Has your library or community been part of a film fest with movies created by teens? Can you bring in a DVD of those to show? DDR can be great exercise as well as a lot of fun for the teens. Can you bring in a laptop for the teens to add content to for a blog that can be later uploaded if the jail doesn’t have wifi -or just ask them to write something on paper which could be transferred to a blog. What other ideas do you have?
Posted by Kelly Czarnecki