Teen Tech Week 2013
March 10-16, 2013Check In @ your library
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Servies Association (YALSA) 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.
Teens’ use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. Yet multiple studies have shown that the majority of teens lack the critical thinking skills and technical expertise to use the Internet and other electronic resources effectively. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently.
Information pulled from Teen Tech Week's FAQ page: http://teentechweek.ning.com/page/faq
Blackwater Regional Library Teen Tech Week programs/activities
- Scavenger Hunt! -->Questions<-- will be posted March 10th. Email your answers to Shannon by midnight on March 16th.
-->Exciting Reads & Fab Films for Teens 2013<--
Awesome Stuff on the Internet
Teen Virtual Worlds
8tracks.com - Create your own radio station or playlist, or listen to streaming stations from users around the world.
last.fm - Free streaming radio where you can personalize your stations and receive suggestions for new musicians and songs to listen to.
Pandora - Online streaming radio based on a song, genre, artist, etc. Also available in mobile apps for teens who use their smartphones more than a computer.
Playlist.com - LIsten to songs, build a playlist, share your music with friends or the whole world.
Google Music - Still in beta, but a fantastic resource where you can upload copies of all your music to the cloud and play them from anywhere. Forgot your iPod for your hangout night? No problem if you're on Google Music!
Handy for School
BibMe - Works cited and bibliography pages created for you will full citations and correct formatting. Don't worry about where the comma goes ever again!
DropBox - Online file storage. Has handy apps for smartphones and tablets that mean no more hoping your remembered to email yourself the final draft of the paper that's due in about 10 minutes.
Literati Public - Start your research here or get Live Homework Help in reading, writing, and math,
Picnik - This phot editing site is free and easy-to-use. Graphics and photos are easily edited and enhanced on Picknik.
Zamzar - File conversation system. Turns any file into almost any other kind of file. A life-saver for getting around those "My file won't open on this computer!" freakouts.
CNET - a good source for product news and reviews, along with podcasts and other tech resources.
Consumer Reports - database provided by Blackwater Regional Library. Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services from appliances to cars.
G4 - The television network focuses on video game news with lots of game trailers, reviews, and interactive content.
Geek the Library - community awareness campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries - you geek social networking, you geek technology, you geek your friends and the library geeks you.
Gizmodo - Tech reviews, app recommendations, and a good place to check out new and emerging tech and cloud-services.
StumbleUpon - Put in what you're interested in and find related cool websites and posts on the Internet. A great resource for finding original and intersting content before goes viral.
Technorati - Has a great blog-search feature and review on tech products.