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2018 Teen Tech Week™ Site Now Live!

Join the site for free to get access to downloadable posters and bookmarks available in Chinese, English, and Spanish!

Added by YALSA on December 6, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

2018 Teen Tech Week™ Theme Announced!

Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with the theme "Libraries are for Creating," March 4-10, 2018.

This year's theme encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation!

Stay tuned for a new website theme…

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Added by YALSA on November 9, 2017 at 10:33am — No Comments

Teen Tech Week™ Feedback Survey

Did you celebrate Teen Tech Week? We'd like to hear from you! Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help us improve future Teen Tech Weeks. Take the 5 minute survey by April 21.

Added by YALSA on April 3, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Join YALSA for a Twitter Takeover during Teen Tech Week™ 2017

To add to the Teen Tech Week festivities taking place at libraries across the nation, each day during Teen Tech Week, YALSA’s twitter account, @yalsa will be turned over to a different partner who will share out information, news and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens.

The takeover will allow partners to inform and engage YALSA’s 38,000+ Twitter followers about relevant issues from their…

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Added by YALSA on March 1, 2017 at 10:39am — No Comments

YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson

YALSA is excited to announce award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of YALSA's …

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Added by YALSA on February 21, 2017 at 9:59am — No Comments

2017 Teen Tech Week Grants

Apply now for YALSA's 2017 Teen Tech Week Grant. Each grant will be worth $1,000 each to help support Teen Tech Week programs and activities. Apply by January 1, 2017.

Learn more here.

Added by YALSA on November 8, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Funding for Makerspaces in High Schools

Apply for funds to create a makerspace in a high school.  Learn more at http://www.ctemakeoverchallenge.com/

Added by YALSA on March 14, 2016 at 10:55am — No Comments

Share Your STEAM ideas & you could receive an Innovation Fellowship

The Innovation Collaborative is collecting innovative lessons, units or projects from K-12 teachers and librarians as part of the first national effort to develop a framework for effective practices at the intersections of arts, sciences and humanities. The resulting matrix will include validated effective teaching practices that are often referred to as STEAM. These will then be tested in classrooms and used to develop educational materials. Submissions will be reviewed by researchers and…

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Added by YALSA on March 11, 2016 at 9:34am — No Comments

Extend the Learning Beyond TTW

Check out these two funding opportunities to help you continue to offer STEAM related activities for and with the teens in your community:

  1. The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, today announced a $700,000 open international challenge to scale connected learning through innovative learning playlists that close the opportunity gap and help learners succeed in today’s connected world.…
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Added by YALSA on March 7, 2016 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Join YALSA for a Twitter Takeover during Teen Tech Week™ 2016

To add to the festivities taking place at libraries across the nation, each day during Teen Tech Week, YALSA’s twitter account, @yalsa will be turned over to a different partner who will share out information, news and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens.

The takeover will allow partners to inform and engage YALSA’s 34,000+ Twitter followers about relevant issues from their perspectives, as well as…

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Added by YALSA on March 2, 2016 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Resources for the Teen Creative Writing & Art Contest

Find and share resources for the Twist Fate challenge via this Google doc.  Instructions for how teens can enter are at deviantart.com/twistfate and Wattpad.com/TwistFateChallenge. If you missed the free webinars about how to connect with…

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Added by YALSA on February 26, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Teen Creative Writing & Art Contest for Teen Tech Week

As part of Teen Tech Week, YALSA is teaming up with the Connected Learning Alliance, Deviant Art, National Writing Project, and Wattpad for the Twist Fate challenge.

The challenge is to get young people (ages 13-17) telling stories about…

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Added by YALSA on February 9, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Free Downloadable Digital Posters & Bookmarks Now Available!

Ning site members can now download the themed posters and bookmarks to use for Teen Tech Week™. To access the posters and bookmarks, log into your ning account and click on the "Poster & Digital Files" page under the "TTW Logo & Poster" tab.

Added by YALSA on December 7, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments

Teen Tech Week Webinar Registration: Tuesday, Dec 15 12pm EST

Join YALSA for our Teen Tech Week webinar:

Create It at Your Library: Developing Hands-On Learning Experiences for Teens

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

12pm Eastern / 11am Central / 10am Mountain/ 9am Pacific

This year's TTW theme is Create It At Your Library and what a great opportunity to emphasize how library workers play a crucial role in creating learning experiences for teens! Join us on Tuesday, December 15 for a discussion…

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Added by YALSA on December 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

2016 Theme: Create it at your library

Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with us, March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library."

Check back in November 2015 for everything you need to plan TTW activities in your community, including free downloadable posters and bookmarks!

Added by YALSA on October 6, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Research Summary: Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

By: Kyungwon Koh, PhD and June Abbas, PhD

INTRODUCTION

Learning Labs and Makerspaces in libraries and museums are transformative learning…

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Added by YALSA on February 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

TTW Twitter Chat -- January 23, 2015 12-1PM EST

Gear up for Teen Tech Week™ with monthly Twitter chats, starting Friday, January 23rd from 12-1PM EST.

This month's topic will be "Utilizing Teen Tech Trends in TTW Programming." Participate by using the hashtag #TTW15 and tweetchat.com to follow the conversation.

*Update*

The other two twitter chats will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, Feb 12th, 12-1PM EST : Publicity Strategies for TTW

Wednesday, March 4th,…

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Added by YALSA on January 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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!

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Added by YALSA on December 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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

Encourage teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators! #TTW18

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VRP Program Ends

Started by Kelly Dennison in Sample Title Jul 9. 0 Replies

We had a wonderful Vocational Reading Program here in Meigs, GA.  We had a lot fun but getting ready for back to school again.  Just wondering how the other libraries are feeling about their…Continue

Teen Tech Week: Lego WeDo 2.0

Started by Ruma Gonzales in Sample Title Mar 21. 0 Replies

Learn how to make the rover and program it using an iPad to respond to sensors and make sounds and different color LED lights. It is a 4-week session. Supplies will be provided. Limited space.Continue

Teen Tech Week @ ECHS

Started by Stacie Maples in Sample Title Mar 8. 0 Replies

Our Kids "creating" in the library this week.…Continue

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Teen Tech Week: Four Steampunk Ideas

Teen Tech Week is finally here! “Libraries are for Creating” is a good theme for to introducing teens to Steampunk. Steampunk is not “punk” at all; the science fiction author, K.W. Jeter made up the word in the 1980’s. Think of it as science fiction meets Victorian Age. Jeter coined… Continue reading

Teen Tech Week: 9 Activities for Creating at Your Library

This year’s Teen Tech Week theme, “Libraries are for Creating,” highlights how teens can combine technology and creativity to create some truly unique products.  The ideas and resources here make for great program activities this Teen Tech Week and any time of the year. Paper Circuits This low-tech, low-cost project… Continue reading

Instagram of the Week – March 14

A brief look at ‘grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform. Last week from March 6-12 marked this year’s “Create it at your library” Teen Tech Week celebration. Sponsored by YALSA, this yearly initiative aims to connect teens and libraries, and encourage teens to make use… Continue reading

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