On the last day I was in D.C. for the annual conference, I spent part of it with the McKinley Technology High School media specialist, Gloria Reaves, whom I heard speak at Computers in Libraries conference earlier this year. I met some of the teachers working with the inner city youth on a concentration in technology including biotechnology, information technolgy, or broadcast and digital media. I talked to teens that had won Gates scholarships to pay for their entire college tuition (undergrad and grad), winners of Carnegie scholarships for the summer to investigate video game design, and students who developed 3D models in partnership with the American Cancer Foundation to look at how cancer affects the body. Rick Kelsey, who is the director of the IT Curriculum not only has an obvious passion for working with the students (incedentally one student was borrowing his car to buy a suit for his award ceremony), but believes that just because the students might come with poor social or math skills, if you give them the tools and resources, they will respond in a positive way. I am grateful for their inspiration and the time they took to show off the great work their students are doing.
What have others experienced at their public or school library in giving teens technology tools to learn?
Posted by Kelly Czarnecki