When the Technology Doesn’t Work as Planned . . .

This year for Teen Tech Week, we tried Microsoft’s new video game design program, Kodu. It’s a cheap ($5 download), easy to use program, that can get as complex as you want to. It’s a visual game design program meaning less text based than others. What a great fit for this year’s theme of Learn Create Share. Except everything didn’t go quite as planned. Continue reading

Teen Tech Week Finale

This year, we invited freelance game writer, Rafael Chandler, to talk with teens about what he does in his career. “I had a great time,” I heard one of the attendees tell his mom after the program.

What I liked, and from the teens’ questions and comments, it seems like they did as well, was how much game writing ties into what we already do at our libraries. Rafael compared the release of games in various languages to teens noticing cultural differences when they read manga. Continue reading

Teen Tech Week Goes Virtual

What better to do in Second Life on the InfoIsland (http://www.infoisland.org) sim (island with library services) than to celebrate the first Teen Tech Week? You can take part in the events below in Second Life or participate by listening to the audio of each event by going to http://www.opal-online.org/.

If you need to create an avatar, go to: www.secondlife.com and create a basic account (it’s free!). To find where to go, choose the search button at the bottom of your screen, search for ‘BlueWings Hayek’ under ‘people’, and she can transport you to the meetings. Feel free to IM Eiseldora Reisman or Cerulean Vesperia as well.

Monday March 5, 1pm PST/4pm EST
Teens, Publishing, and Technology

Facilitator-Carlie Webber, Young Adult Services Coordinator, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, Hackensack, New Jersey

Panelists- Jason Wells, Publishing representative from Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Lauren Myracle, Author, Anastasia Goodstein Author and YPulse blogger.
They will be using OPAL and will be streamed into outdoor auditorium at Info Island I.
Organized by YALSA. To register for this free event, send an email to yalsa@ala.org and put “TTW virtual event” in the subject line.

Wednesday, March 7 at 6:00 pm PST/9:00 pm EST
Connecting Schools and Libraries with Teens and Technology

Audience: Librarians/Teachers
Facilitator-Lisa Perez, Area Library Coordinator, Co-Facilitator-Jennifer Ragan-Fore, General Membership Program Director, ISTE
Panelists-Christie Thomas, University of Chicago eCUIP Program, Angela Semifero, Marshall District Library, Kelly Czarnecki, Technology Education Librarian and co-leader of Eye4You Alliance Island, Peggy Sheehy, Suffern Middle School and leader of Rampo Islands on Teen Second Life.

Organized by Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries & Information Service
Possibly using OPAL but will be present in Cybrary City Open Air Arena

Thursday, March 8, 4pm PST/7pm EST
Game Design
Audience: Teens
Facilitator-Jami Schwarzwalder, MLS Graduate, Gamer, Second Life instructor and volunteer

Panelists-Craig Davis, Youth Digital Arts CyberSchool and Jake Theis, Assistant Brand Manager, Wizards of the Coast
Using OPAL and will be streamed in to outdoor auditorium at InfoIsland
Organized by YALSA. To register for this free event, send an email to yalsa@ala.org and put “TTW virtual event” in the subject line.

Will teens be heard from too? Yes! A program for TTW on the Teen grid of Second Life in partnership with Global Kids,which works to bring a model of leadership development of teens to Second Life, and Eye4You Alliance which is an Island and partnership with SirsiDynix, the Alliance Library System, and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Stay tuned for more info.!

Plus: Kelly Czarnecki will interview Anastasia Goodstein – from Ypulse – on March 8 and post it to the YALSA blog as a podcast. Look for that soon.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki