So, how are you supposed to celebrate Teen Tech Week if you don't have access to the latest technologies?
One program that my library has been running each March for the past five years is a Teen Choice Awards that focuses on media other than books like video games, movies, music and TV series. We raffle off prizes like USB flashdrives and earbuds, and advertise our website and other social networking efforts. We use write-in paper ballots, and I as I go through them all I learn A TON about what our teens are playing, watching and listening too. The results are a huge help with collection development.

What are your favorite low and no-tech programs?

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Our Teens recently got into the art of book sculptures. Creating usable art from old books and magazines. We are starting simple with magazines and creating Christmas Trees. Try this site for other ideas as well. The students love them and enjoy this simple technique to make a tree, then decorating it with paint and glitter or other decorations.

My addition to Low-Tech No-Tech is flip books. I know you think really but like marshmallow catapults (another good low tech- no tech program where a teen once said "I can't believe you keep a bunch of high school kids occupied with this project) if you put out the supplies they get into it. If you have the technology to set up a projector a a few laptops I usually cue up some of the awesome flip books you can find on outube. So all you need for this project are index cards, binder clips,  pens, pencils and/or collage materials.

Also another decent low--tech no-tech program is the aforementioned marshmallow catapults. There are two types, one that uses Popsicle sticks and one that uses pencils. I had my teens do the one that used: rubber bands, pencils, bottle caps, and the bottoms of old cardboard magazine holder that were lying around the branch. However in the future I would do the Popsicle stick, rubber band, spoon version because well I used up all those magazine boxes. Both can be found easily enough online.

This year is my first planning TTW programming. I've had two ideas that I'm going to run with. First, we will be having a "computer autopsy" where an IT professional will deconstruct an old computer while explaining the process and components to the teens. Second, we will be having a contest where teens use Mindcraft to construct a scene from a book. They will post screen captures to our FB page where they will be judged.

That's a great idea! 


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