by Kip Odell
As we near the end of Teen Tech Week, librarians will begin to evaluate their programs. Experiencing and learning about library programs in action during this week is always a great reminder about how important technological literacy is for teens and how beneficial hands-on experiences can be for them. This year three things have stood out to me during TTW:
- While it has been said before, it is worth saying again, that Tech Week is really a year-round event. The programs we create during TTW are great to bring awareness to library technology and information, but they are also jumping-off points for teen services librarians to continue similar programs for the rest of the year.
- Collaboration is more important than ever. As technology moves forward and evolves, learning from each other helps everyone create relevant and necessary programs for teens. Luckily, there are numerous sources to keep you up-to-date, including great information from YALSA.
- Speaking of change, the move to provide active, hands-on learning experiences is upon us! This has really always been our charge, but it has been accelerated with the focus on things like maker spaces and the emphasis on mentoring teens as they become digital creators, not just media consumers.
I hope everyone’s Teen Tech Week was amazing and look forward to a year of new and exciting things to learn!
It’s that time of year again! With Teen Tech Week (TTW) on the horizon March 10-16th, it’s time to dust off your digital literacy lesson plans, pull out the video game consoles, and prep your hard drives.
But for many of us, it’s not that simple. TTW can be a lot of fun, but coming up with programming that you have the space, energy, and time & know-how to execute can seem a daunting task.
So where can you turn when you’re in need of a good programming idea, or just someone to bounce ideas off? The Teen Tech Week Committee has got you covered. This Friday (2/22) at 2 PM Eastern, the committee will be hosting a Tweet-up in preparation for Teen Tech Week 2013, Check in @ Your Library. Log into Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #ttw13.
We’ll be talking about how to celebrate TTW in your library, whether its academic, public, or inside a school. Join in with programming suggestions and questions, share your experiences with past TTW celebrations, and connect with other librarians.
And if you can’t join in this Friday, don’t worry. The Teen Tech Week Ning is a great tech resource all year round, with forums and posts from librarians around the country.