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Using Technology to Energize Teens and Tweens


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SMS, QR Codes, Augmented Reality, gaming and other technologies can create a new level of engagement for teens and tweens in existing programming or in technology-centric activities. In this …

SMS, QR Codes, Augmented Reality, gaming and other technologies can create a new level of engagement for teens and tweens in existing programming or in technology-centric activities. In this workshop, you will learn:

- New programming ideas
- Tips for augmenting existing programing with technology
- How to promote with technology
- Tips for an overall successful event

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  • Create a GroupInvite Teens and Tweens
  • Twitter Scavenger Hunt: Create a scavenger hunt Twitter has been used for scavenger hunts for marketing purposes in the past. A couple of years ago, Tony Hawk used Twitter to send his followers on a scavenger hunt looking for free skateboards, and since then many other marketers have followed his lead. The same principal can be used for educational purposes. Teachers can tweet out clues that lead to other Twitter users who are participating in the scavenger hunt. Each user is already prepared with a clue, so that students can easily make their way from one user to the next, to reach their final destination. This method is anything but simple, but is a great interactive way to get students excited about what they’re learning. Putting the scavenger hunt method together with Google Earth or Google Maps is a great way to teach younger students about geography. If you have a network of friends willing to help out, they can tweet out hashtagged clues to students about their location. The students then have to figure out the exact geographic location, down to the precise coordinates. The University of Memphis recently used another scavenger hunt method to get journalism students across the country engaging with one another. Working in pairs, journalism students set out on a scavenger hunt searching for information relating to school-spirit, factoids and more. Armed with a list of questions and facts to discover, students could discover the answer by speaking to other students, professors, or anyone on campus. They would then snap a photo, and publish the quote in a 140-character tweet, accompanied by the course number’s hashtag.
  • Name tags for staff and for attendees. Allow users to create a link to a youtube video – there favorite song, their favorite book – great icebreakerPinterest
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    • 1. Presenter: Diana Silveira, Novare Library Services
    • 2. • New programming ideas• Tips for augmenting existing programming with technology• How to promote with technology• Tips for an overall successful event
    • 3. • Micropoems #poetweet / #micropoem• Twitter Scavenger Hunt• Program Follow-up• Promote Programs
    • 4. • Chalkboard Speech Bubble• Photo Hunt• Guess Where?• Guess What?• Instragram
    • 5. • Tie-in Social Media Sites• “Preview” or “Inside Look”• Link to Registration• Just for Fun: • Link to Random Video • Use Randomizer to create different experiences • Link to video content• Name Tags for with QR Codes• QR Code Books with Reviews, to record reviews & More
    • 6. • Guitar Hero• Game Nights/Tournaments• Word With Friends Tournament• Drawsomething Tournaments
    • 7. • QR Codes• Photos• SMS• Twitter
    • 8. • Interact with teens from other countries• Book Talks with Authors• Speakers... Bring on the Experts
    • 9. • SMS Alerts for programs• SMS Trivia Night• Solicit ideas
    • 10. • Vote by • QR Codes • SMS • Twitter• Trivia Night • Answer via SMS Resources: Poll Daddy, Poll Everywhere
    • 11. • Retro Game Night• Pinterest• Teen Choice Awards•• How Secure Is my Password?
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    • 14. • On the spot book reviews by teens• “Interviews” with participants
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    • 16. • Create a soundtrack for a book or a book trailer• Podcasting – with the kids in the driver seat• Teen Tech Tutors for senior patrons
    • 17. • Provide Instructions on technologies• Know your audience• Don’t push technology you don’t know• No technology for technology’s sake
    • 18. • Download an ebook or audiobook from your library• Find out if your library has a mobile app for your phone or tablet (like NYPL’s Biblion or WorldCat mobile), download and give it a try• Visit your librarys webpage.• Blog about a library book or program.• Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.• Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.• Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.• Add something to an article on Wikipedia.• Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)• 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?• Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.• Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.• Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.• Read and contribute to a blog about technology.• Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.• Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.• Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.• Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.• Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.• Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.• Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.• Learn how to use some new software.• Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.• Create a database of something you want to organize.• Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.
    • 19. • Movie days especially Anime Videos• Pokemon Club• Share/Talk about new gadgets – bring there devices• CSI• Book Flip (Book scavenger hunt)• Manacom (Comic Books, Manga Artists & Vendors)• More ideas: Ya-YAAC (via ALA)• Hunger Games Jeopardy• Hunger Games Challenges (book trivia and more- must complete to survive)
    • 20. Diana Silveira Novare Library Services 877-816-9638