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Teen Tech Week: Using technology for education

Teen Tech Week: Using technology for education

Head to your nearest library – online! March 8 -14, 2015 celebrates Teen Tech Week 2015! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) sponsors this national literacy initiative. The goal is to encourage learning beyond pages to interactive resources and digital engagement. Teen Tech Week offers libraries a chance to promote their digitals tools and resources to families.

Digital literacy skills

Digital connections are everywhere! Pick up a book and look at the cover. You’ll see publisher and author websites, Twitter handles, Facebook pages and email addresses. Authors long to know their readers. Libraries across the country are supporting this movement and offering more ways to stretch learning beyond the pages. The tagline “Libraries are for the Making…” encourages teens to take advantage of the free technology offered by local libraries.

Libraries today have a host of online resources for your personal use. Searching for a certain book? Go online to find locations, book reviews, or suggestions. Podcasts and webinars are available for download. Digital experiences are a part of your teen’s world. Staying connected to resources that continually feed the community and guide good choices in activities can introduce teens to experiences beyond their immediate world.

Connect teens to library technology

There are many ways to promote digital literacy. Online reading tools and apps like Good Reads give people a stage to promote a great book or to keep track of books you want to read in the future. You can even rank books or read reviews from others who have read books you’re interested in. Teens can tap their creativity by producing a short video with your own ending to a book on YouTube. Start a digital book club at school where kids can post reviews, recommendations, or their own stories for others to read. Reading can move beyond a book-to-person experience. The story can continue with others across the globe

Your local library offers a host of online children activities and resources to find what you need and to inspire greater potential. YALSA offers 25 suggestions to connect teens to technology this month. Encourage your teen to engage in the digital literacy movement!

Want to become a part of YALSA’s digital experience? Spread the word by using #TTW15 on social media and join the conversation! The world is waiting to hear your voice.

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