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Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carla Avitabile Feb 18, 2014. 28 Replies

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…Continue

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Carla Avitabile replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"There are many ways to do a QR code scavenger hunt. I did a pretty straight forward one for my teens 2 years ago; and have attached the document so you can see if that would fit your needs/time frame. Also see the post below from Christie, I love…"
Feb 18, 2014
Christie Gibrich replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I did this with my teens, and it's been interesting...  I took ideas from http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2011/03/qr-code-quest-library-scavenger-hunt.html with huge permission and used codes that had them moving all over the library.…"
Feb 17, 2014
Donna Block replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"We made QR codes for new blog entries, videos we psoted to youtube, photos from programs we posted to flickr (you could use Instagram or facebook, too),  and twitter links. We'd put a secret phrase in a tweet, for instance, and they would…"
Feb 12, 2014
Tammy VanBuskirk replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I want to plan a QR scavenger hunt too! How did you get started? I've never done anything like this before. I would love any insight you can share!  "
Feb 12, 2014
Amanda replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"These are great!  Thanks for the assist :)"
Feb 12, 2014
Carla Avitabile replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I am not sure what databases/digital services you have at your library or how they are organized on your web pages but here are some of the questions: 1) What resource would you use if you wanted to find literary criticism about Alice Walker? (Hint:…"
Feb 12, 2014
Amanda replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I'm thinking of doing a similar scavenger hunt, but I've just started working as a YA Librarian and I'm having trouble coming up with questions that would be good for teens.  Any ideas you'd be willing to share?"
Feb 8, 2014
Michelle Smith replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"What a wonderful idea! Our YA and J materials share a room & we unfortunately don't have a teen area to host programming, but this is something we could do!  "
Jan 29, 2014
Christy replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"That's a great idea! "
Jan 21, 2014
Angella Dagenhart replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"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…"
Jan 14, 2014
Patricia Eyer replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"Love this idea! Thank you for sharing!"
Jan 13, 2014
Sharon Savage liked Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
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Carla Avitabile replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"One great inexpensive way to make tech cozies is to make them out of spent mountain bike tire tubes. You can usually get these free from your local bike shop. Then you just cut the tubes in half along the length, and wash (tubes have a chalky…"
Nov 24, 2013

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QR Code Scavenger Hunt Begins...

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

Our Scavenger Hunt went "live" on March 1. Our graphic designer created five lovely 8.5" by 11" posters  - one for each code - which I placed around the library.

Each code leads to a different post on our book blog, website, flickr, youtube or twitter feed.  The bit.ly links included with each code are there for…

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Teen Tech Week: Evolution

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In my last blog post, I wrote about  plans to gamify my library's social networking sites. The idea came about because of a building-wide renovation project that would render our computer room unavailable during March.  Since then, our plans have evolved.

Here was the original concept, as it was to be advertised in our newsletter: Earn prizes throughout March by connecting with the Library via Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Twitter and through our blogs. Five check-ins will…

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Teen Tech Week: Under Construction

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:56pm 0 Comments

My library is about to embark on a year-long renovation project. The basic structure of the building will stay the same, but everything inside it will shuffle around - much like one of those sliding tile puzzles that you rearrange to form a picture.

Our comptuer room/board room will be unavailable during March, which means that the computer-dependent programs that we typically schedule for Teen Tech Week won't be possible this year. On the upside, we'll eventually have separate board…

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TTW 2016

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Is there a theme for 2016 yet? Trying to plan ahead. :)Continue

Tabletop TTT Teasers to introduce inspiring teen tech entrepreneurs

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How are you preparing for Teen Tech Week?

Teen Tech Week is right around the corner and we all know that it takes a ton of planning to make this short week awesome. We also know that not all of our teens geek out with the techy stuff. How do you geek out for teen tech week when your teens aren't really interested? Read More →

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 →

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