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
Be sure to save the date for three additional Teen Tech Week webinars. Additional details and registration will be available soon!
Through generous funding provided by Best Buy, YALSA will distribute 20 grants of $1,000 each to support digital literacy programming. The application deadline is January 1, 2015. Grant recipients will be announced on or around January 26, 2015.
Apply through the online form.
To determine if you are eligible to apply, you must answer yes to the following questions
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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. This webinar will be the first in a series of four, scheduled for December, January, February, and March!
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…Continue
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…
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.