25 Easy Tips for Teens

Looking for easy ways to get teens to celebrate Teen Tech Week? Share the following 25 ideas! Have other easy ideas for getting teens involved in Teen Tech Week at the library? Tell us in the comments!

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from your library
  2. Research and download a new app for your smartphone or tablet - perhaps your library has an app you could try!
  3. Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account as a way to find and share content about a topic of interest to you.
  4. Write a blog post - about a library book or program you enjoyed, a hobby you enjoy, or something else that interests you!
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  8. Ask your librarian or library staff to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you or a technology-related fiction book.
  9. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  10. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  11. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  12. Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  13. Write and share instructions for a skill you already know how to do on https://www.instructables.com/
  14. While you’re at it, find an instructable for a craft or maker project you could do using materials available at your library, and try it!
  15. Start a tech-related club at your school or public library.
  16. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  17. Sketch a plan for a piece of technology that would make your life easier or better in some way - it may even be something that you could try to build!
  18. Learn the basics of coding using a free website. Try https://www.codecademy.com/!
  19. Research and write a persuasive proposal to your librarian for a piece of technology, game, movie, technology-related book, ebook, or other tech-related item you think the library should have but does not yet have.
  20. Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
  21. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  22. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
  23. Learn how to use some new software, and even create your own mobile app to submit for the Congressional App Challenge.
  24. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  25. Create a database of something you want to organize.

Comment by Deborah Rose on January 27, 2016 at 9:55am

Check out teen coders telling in their own words how they got started coding, and what mobile apps they've created at http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/media/techteentuesday/.

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