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March 10

Celebrate Teen Tech Week!

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Celebrate Teen Tech Week!

Grades 7 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

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 9-15) celebrates the teen-selected theme: "DIY @ your library."

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Celebrate the idea of DIY with these activities and strategies:

Bringing Lessons to Life with Animoto
Using Animoto, a free Web 2.0 tool, students can develop short digital videos that include music, photos, video clips, and text as well as share their creations electronically.

Speak to Me: Teaching with Voki
Through Voki, a Web 2.0 tool, students create customizable avatars for class presentations for various purposes, such as presenting biographical information, expressing an opinion, or reading a poem.

Teaching with Zooming Slideshows through Prezi
Through Prezi, a web application, students create "zooming" presentations for various purposes, such as presenting research, defending an opinion, or sharing a digital story.

Using Glogster to Support Multimodal Literacy
Glogster, a Web 2.0 tool, supports development of students’ multimodal literacy skills. This guide outlines techniques for critical evaluation and creation of multimodal texts.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • 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.

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