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Celebrate Teen Tech Week!
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Holiday & School Celebration|
The Young Adult Library Services Association sponsors Teen Tech Week to draw attention to the importance and availability of various technologies in libraries. Besides offering technologies such as audiobooks, DVDs, electronic games, computers with Internet access, and more, libraries also have librarians with expertise in using many of these resources effectively. This year, Teen Tech Week (March 5-11) celebrates the teen-selected theme: "Be the Source of Change."
This year's theme encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital resources offered through the library to make a positive change in their life and community. Here's how you can celebrate that in the classroom:
Reading on the Go
In this Strategy Guide, learn how to prepare yourself and your students for reading and note-taking in mobile environments.
e-Book Reading and Response: Innovative Ways to Engage with Texts
Students in grades 5 through 12 read and respond to electronic books by using e-book tools and features, including digital note-taking capabilities.
Naming in a Digital World: Creating a Safe Persona on the Internet
Students explore naming conventions in digital and non-digital settings then choose and explain specific names and profiles to represent themselves online.
Digital Word Detectives: Building Vocabulary With e-Book Readers
Students in grades 2-6 use digital dictionaries and other e-book tools to learn new vocabulary as they read e-books on digital reading devices.
Copyright Law: From Digital Reprints to Downloads
Students investigate how and why copyright law has changed over time, and apply this information to recent copyright issues, creating persuasive arguments based on the perspective of a particular group.
Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience
Students use various tools and features of digital readers to develop vocabulary, support comprehension, respond to text, improve fluency, and enhance the reading experience.
In this episode, you’ll hear about what goes on behind the scenes in audiobook production. You’ll also hear samples from an array of distinguished audio titles including YA classics as well as newer works of contemporary realistic fiction, dystopian fiction, historical fiction, and novels written in verse.
- Teen Tech Week
This site from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsors of Teen Tech Week, offers information about contests, publicity materials, activity ideas, and more.
- YALSA's Maker & DIY Programs Wiki
Maker & DIY enthusiasts can share resources on YALSA's Maker & DIY Programs Wiki. Anyone can edit and is encouraged to add activities, information on funding, makerspaces, and more.
- Internet and American Life Project
Pew Charitable Trust offers numerous reports on technology use and trends, including information specific to teens.
- Make it @ Your Library
Make it @ Your Library, makeitatyourlibrary.org, is a website tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries. Fully searchable, Make it @ your library connects users to projects, based on library-specific search criteria.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Through listing and observation, students identify the many texts that they read and composeincluding books and magazines, television shows, movies, audio broadcasts, hypertexts, and animations.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Striking images can leave lasting impressions on viewers. In this lesson, students make textselfworld connections to a nature- or science-related topic as they collaboratively design a multimedia presentation.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students keep a daily diary that records how and when they listen to audio texts, then analyze the details and compare their results to published reports on American radio listeners.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
This assignment will go viral with students as they think about the meanings of words and images in public service announcements from YouTube before creating a PSA of their own.
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
Students are challenged to find citations that support details about the characters, plot, or themes from a text.