Teen Tech Week 2012

What is Teen Tech Week?

“Teen Tech Week will be held March 4-10, 2012 and will be celebrated with a theme of Geek Out @ your library.
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.”
– From the YALSA Teen Tech Week Ning, learn more here.

Teen Tech Week Computer Lab Challenge!

25 Tech Tips for Teens
*adapted from YALSA

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from your library, visit the C/WMARS Digital Catalog by clicking here.
  2. Read a book about geeks or technology. Try something from this list Geek Out! Teens & Tech.
  3. Visit your library’s webpage (You can check that one off your list, since you’re already here!)
  4. Blog about a library book or program.
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  8. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  9. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  10. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  11. Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  12. Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
  13. Do the Computer Lab Challenge. Come to the lab on March 7 @ 3:00 or try the activities yourself.
  14. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  15. Watch some anime or come to the next meeting of the Chicopee Library Teen Anime Club.
  16. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  17. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
  18. Play some old video games and have a look at some e-readers on Friday March 9 at the Retro Gaming & E-readers program here in the community room.
  19. Make sure your Facebook privacy settings are up to date. Here’s a good set of tips from Mashable.
  20. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  21. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
  22. Learn how to use some new software.
  23. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  24. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  25. Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.