Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Teen Tech Week is coming!

This year the official Teen Tech Week happens to coincide with our Spring Break, but there's nothing that says you can't celebrate another week in March.

The Teen Tech Week ning says:
Teens’ use of nonprint resources has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. There have been multiple studies finding 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.

Celebrating Teen Tech Week can help you promote this idea to your teachers and students.

This year's theme is Check In @ Your Library. I encourage you to open your physical and virtual doors to our teen (and tween) students sometime during the month of March and showcase all of the outstanding technology you offer, from services such as help with creating technology products and digital citizenship instruction to resources like e-books, audiobooks, video, music, databases and more.

If a whole week of technology related activities is too much, maybe schedule a Tech Day for your kids. Whatever you decide to do, it will be a great way to help your teachers and students begin to tie libraries and technology together.

The Teen Tech Week web site has some awesome ideas to get you started. Check them out at the links below:

Event & Activity Ideas

25 Easy Ways Teens Can Celebrate Teen Tech Week

If you're thinking about having a Teen Tech Week or Teen Tech Day in your library, let us know when and what you will be doing in the comments below.

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