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SAVE THE DATE for Teen Tech Week Webinars in 2015!

Be sure to save the date for three additional Teen Tech Week webinars. Additional details and registration will be available soon!

  • Tuesday, January 20 12pm EST

    Using Data to Demonstrate Your Program's Punch!
  • Tuesday, February 10 12pm EST

    Leveraging Local Experts for Maker Activities and Programs
  • Tuesday, March 24 12pm EST 

    Targeted Teen Tech Week Activities for Older Teens…

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Added by YALSA on December 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Apply now for the 2015 Teen Tech Week Grants!

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…

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Added by YALSA on November 26, 2014 at 10:05am — No Comments

Demystifying Connected Learning: FREE Webinar

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…

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Added by YALSA on November 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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

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…

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Added by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week 2015 Theme: Libraries are for Making

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…

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Added by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week: Making a Crete Teens Mix Tape!

The Crete Public Library was able to buy new sound recording equipment and software thanks to the YALSA/Best Buy Grant. One of our main projects during Teen Tech Week will see our Open Mic Night singers, instrumentalist, readers, and comedians collaborate to create a Crete Teens mix tape (or CD, I suppose, but mix tape sounds way cooler). Teens will book time to use the equipment, laptop loaded with necessary software, and a room to record and edit their contribution. All of our Teen Tech…

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Added by Daniel Thorson on February 26, 2014 at 10:34am — No Comments

DIY for TTW

For DIY I invited a local knitting and crochet instructor to teach students (and school staff) how to knit and crochet.  The activity may connect us to get involved in community projects like making blankets for recovering Veterans and prayer shawls for those in need.  Can't wait for TTW this year!

Added by Loretta Burke on February 5, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Device Day hosted by Teens

I am blessed with a phenomenal group of teens, both as part of my library advisory board (the LABbies), as well as my library aides that work for me each class period in the library. As part of our goals to do outreach with technology this year for TRW, the LABbies wanted to expand what they did last year and reach beyond their peer groups. Our device day for students last year was so successful that they opted to host one for teachers, and it was a smashing succes! They were such good…

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Added by Gena Marker on November 8, 2013 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Teen Tech Week!

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!

Added by YALSA on April 30, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week: Thinking Ahead

Every time my library wraps up a big program I think about how I should take five or ten minutes to note what improvements and tweaks I want to make the next time.  Of course, I usually get busy working on whatever the next big thing is and don’t get around to it.  I have been intrigued by a lot of cool possibilities for next year, so I’m thinking it is not too early to consider what form your programs might take for Teen Tech Week 2014.…

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Added by Kip Odell on March 20, 2013 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Happy Teen Tech Week from @your library The Campaign for America's Libraries

Time to Check in @ your library and check out the outstanding technology they offer like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and online homework help.

What's your favorite thing to check out when you Check in @ your library!

Submit your answer at http://atyourlibrary.org/happy-teen-tech-week for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card. Open to library lovers of all ages. Contest will remain open until noon…

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Added by YALSA on March 14, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

New Report from Pew on Teens & Technology

Pew released a new teens & technlogy report on March 13, 2013:

http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teens-and-Tech.aspx

You can also read the YALSAblog post about it:

http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2013/03/13/pew-report-teens-and-technology-2013/

Added by YALSA on March 13, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

Our TEEN TECH WEEK at CGPL

We are working on Teen Tech Week here at Cottage Grove Public Library, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. On top of that, we're also working on a Space Night event in which Astronomer Teena Della from NASA is our special guest! We're very busy here at CGPL, but nonetheless, I'm sharing my TTW Plans!

We and the Teens will be using our computer resources at CGPL to cast our votes in this years Kids' Choice Awards!

Also, we are having a photo contest, in which teens ages 13 - 19 can submit their…

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Added by Rebecca McElroy on March 7, 2013 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Free Webinar about Building Partnerships to Create Interactive Teen Spaces

In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the Afterschool Alliance will moderate a free webinar focused on how libraries—in partnership with youth-serving organizations—can be key allies in providing innovative and digitally-rich programming for teens.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), thirty libraries and museums throughout the country are working…

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Added by YALSA on March 5, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments

QR Code Scavenger Hunt Begins...

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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Added by Donna Block on March 5, 2013 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Brand New: STEM Programming Toolkit

For those of you looking to infuse some Science, Technology Engineering, or Math into your TTW activities, YALSA now has an online toolkit to help you do just that!

Added by YALSA on March 1, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week Resources on YALS online

The 2013 winter issue of YALS focused on Teen Tech Week (TTW) and mailed out earlier this month.  You can also find supplementary material on the YALS web site, including TTW-focused ideas and resources.  Check it out at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/

Added by YALSA on February 19, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Using Tablets and Tech for Teen Tech Week

There are many ways to use tablets in library settings and Teen Tech Week is a perfect time to try some of these out.  A few of the ways are somewhat obvious.  There are fun and educational apps to use in various ways during teen programs, some libraries have been able to loan out tablets and others are…

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Added by Kip Odell on February 18, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments

Get & Share Ideas for TTW via a Tweet-Up!

Log on to Twitter any time from 2-3pm, eastern, on Fri. Feb. 22nd and participate in the Tweet-up.  Post ideas or search for ones using the hashtag: #TTW13.  This Tweet-up is being hosted by YALSA's Teen Tech Week Committee.

Added by YALSA on February 11, 2013 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week: Evolution

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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Added by Donna Block on February 7, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

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 archived webinars and opportunities to participate in upcoming TTW related webinars.
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.

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Public Library Programs

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Do you work at a public library? Use this space to find and share ideas for TTW programs that are hosted through public libraries!Continue

Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas

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School Libaries

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Many of us in the public library sector are always looking for ways to partner with public schools. Teen Tech Week is a perfect time to make those connections. We all have a similar mission, and that…Continue

Let's talk about FAIL...

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A new way of looking at the word FAIL is to define it as "first attempt…Continue

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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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