About Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.

Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making...” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 8-14, 2015. Demonstrate the value your library gives to the community by offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. Libraries can tailor the making theme to show your community exactly how you connect in meaningful ways with teens in order to help them gain the digital literacy skills they need to be successful.  Help get the word out about this event with the hashtag #TTW15

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Demystifying Connected Learning: FREE Webinar

Posted by YALSA on November 18, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Registrants of the Teen Tech Week ning site are eligible to sign up for the opportunity to participate in a free webinar about connected learning.

The webinar is titled, "Demystifying Connected Learning" and will take place on Tuesday, December 16 12pm EST.

A description of the webinar can be found below.

Heard a lot about "connected learning", but wonder exactly what it is, and how it applies to the work you do in your library? Join Dr. Mega Subramaniam as she demystifies connected learning and translates it into learning activities and outcomes that a single librarian or a team of librarians can implement at the library. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to examples of “connected” libraries and discover the best practices and learning that occur there. Learn how these librarians function as adult mentors who guide teens toward learning through a variety of pathways based upon their interests. 100 seats available.…

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Apply for a Free 3D Printer from 3D Systems!

Posted by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

3D Systems, in collaboration with YALSA, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  The MakerLab Club is a brand new community of thousands of U.S. libraries and museums committed to advancing 3D digital literacy via dedicated equipment, staff training and increased public access.

3D Systems will provide new 3D printers to qualified libraries and museums across the country.  Recipients will be selected via an application process and are expected to join the MakerLab Club as well as provide access to 3D printing and design programs and services for their communities.  Libraries can apply via an online…

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Teen Tech Week 2015 Theme: Libraries are for Making

Posted by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:52pm 0 Comments

Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 8-14, 2015.

Demonstrate the value your library gives to the community by offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online fan fiction clubs, libraries can leverage the making theme to show how you connect in meaningful ways with the teens in your community in order to help them succeed in school and prepare for 21st century careers.  Help get the word out about this event with the hashtag #TTW15

Check back in mid November for themed TTW15 graphics and free download-ables!

Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Teen Tech Week!

Posted by YALSA on April 30, 2013 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

We'll celebrate the 2014 Teen Tech Week March 9 - 15 with the theme DIY @ your library.  Check back to this page in November 2013 for a wealth of resources to help you plan your 2014 celebration!

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A new way of looking at the word FAIL is to define it as "first attempt in learning." Failure is part of life and it is especially a part of making. I myself learn more from what I do wrong than what I do right. One of my favorite parts about meeting other teen librarians (besides the fact that we're all such awesome people) is sharing the good, the bad, and the FAIL…See More
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About Teen Tech Week

Preparing teens for the workforce is a major concern in the U.S.  In the last three decades, the skills required for teens to succeed in the workforce have changed drastically, but the skills emphasized in schools have not kept up with these changes.  Reaching teens through libraries is a natural fit.  Libraries bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school time, helping teens learn through digital media so they can achieve more academically and develop the digital and media literacy skills they will need in order to be informed, productive citizens.  In 2010, half of the nation’s 14 - 18 year olds reported visiting a library to use a computer. A 2011 student from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Opportunity for All, reported that youth ages 14-24 make up 25% of all library users, which made them the largest group in study.

 
 
 

Connect teens to technology at your library this March with YALSA! #TTW15

Perks for TTW Site Members

By joining this site, you're eligible for these benefits & resources:

  • Free digital download of themed posters, bookmarks, and more!
  • Free access to a webinar about connected learning titled "Demystifying Connected Learning" on December 16 at 12pm EST.
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.

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Let's talk about FAIL...

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Advocacy & TTW

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TTW Posts from YALSABlog

Self-Directed Programs: Scavenger Hunts

An amazing way to get your tweens and teens to know the “unfamiliar” bits of your library is to do self-directed scavenger hunts. You know that your “kids” tend to congregate to one particular area- whether it's your teen space, a place with the most comfortable chairs or a low table for card gaming, or Read More →

Teen Tech Week: Self-Directed Contests

I am completely in love with self-directed contests. Also known as passive programming (which always leads my superiors to think that there is NO thought or work involved at all, which is not true), these self-directed contests get teens involved because they are: drawn into the library by the contest itself ask the staff questions Read More →

TTW: Start with What You've Got

Feel less than tech savvy? Concerned that you are not techie enough to pull off a Teen Tech week program? Well, don't be! While it is fantastic to have the double bonus of offering coding or robotics during Teen Tech Week (March 9-15)' the reality is that many of us do not have the skills, budgets, Read More →

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