In December, YALSA App of the Week bloggers asked blog readers to nominate their favorite apps for teens of 2012. We then asked readers to vote for their favorites from those nominated. The results are in. With 31% of the vote YALSA's Teen Book Finder is the winner.
app favorite chart 2012

Apps are a great way to connect, create, and collaborate with teens. For example:

  • You can connect teens to books using YALSA's Teen Book Finder app.
    teen book finder tweet
  • With Haiku Deck, you and teens can create presentations that go beyond traditional bullet points, and join the world of presentation zen.
  • Using Manga Camera teens connect their own images to their love of manga and create something entirely new.
  • Want to give teens a chance to create how-to guides for their friends and families (or even for library customers)? Connect them to an app like Snapguide that makes it easy to combine photos and directions to create how-to guides on anything and everything.
  • Non-fiction apps like Frog Dissection and Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe are perfect when you want to connect teens to topics of personal interest and resources that can help them with their homework.

Apps are the way that many teens connect, create, and collaborate. The ideas above are just a few examples of how you can get involved in the world of apps. Do you have other ideas? If so, add them to the comments.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President and the Youth and Family Learning Manager at the Seattle Public Library.

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