Teen Tech Week in Review

This was my first ever Teen Tech Week and I wanted to go all out. I had a variety of programs, some of which were completely free, some that had expensive prizes, and others that were somewhere in between.

If you have questions about the cost of each program, what kinds of supplies I used, or anything else just leave a comment or send me an email! I would love to talk about my programs! ^__^

Player’s Choice Video Game Tournament: This program was popular, of course. The most valuable result from the tourney was bringing teens into the library who don’t attend other programs. It’s a great chance for them to hang out with their friends from school, to make new friends, and to socialize with teens in a comfortable and fun setting, which isn’t something they really expect from the library. Oh yea, and my teens voted to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl on the Wii. They always do. I was not surprised in the least.

Tech-cessorize: This craft program was really popular. Honestly we had the most fun destroying and taking apart the computer parts, including keyboards, hard drives, disc drives, and usb cords. The best approach to the actual craft program would be to organize the variety of supplies, make sure you have the proper tools to put them together, and definitely make a couple of examples beforehand for attendees who might be lacking in ideas.

Website Creation 101: In this computer class attendees learned how to use basic HTML to create and then customize a simple website. The attendees really enjoyed learning that HTML was not a foreign language and that they could actually use it themselves! The attendance was low, however, I think because lots of teens were intimidated by the subject since they didn’t already have previous experience with it.

Book Trailer Creation: For two-three hours after school on two nights during Teen Tech Week I set up my library’s programming room with a plethora of technology: two iPads, 2-4 laptops, a Flip camera, a digital camera, and software like iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Garageband, and others. I helped the teens choose a book, figure out what they wanted to say about it and how they wanted to say it, and then they created/recorded and then edited/added/modified. This was a great way for them to create something with technology, to express themselves, and to use video and photo software that was completely new to them. This week I’m going to post the trailers and then viewers will be able to vote on them. The winner gets an Android Dragon Touch tablet computer.

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