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PPLC Program Guide

2017 TEEN TECH WEEK: Be the Source of Change

Erica McCaleb, PPLC Countywide Services Coordinator

Technology is a growing force in the everyday lives of individuals of all ages. The use of technology permeates every aspect of modern life from online shopping to self-driving cars! Technology is a major force of innovation. It can provide opportunities for learning, socializing, and be an outlet for boundless creativity. But like any powerful tool, it is important to learn how to use correctly and safely. Many technologies are also too expensive for individuals to access on their own. This is why, for one week in March (5-11), libraries across Pinellas County and the country celebrate Teen Tech Week (TTW). TTW is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 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 technology. This year's theme is "Be the Source of Change".

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The American Library Association defines digital literacy as the "ability to use information and communication technologies to create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills." Library staff encourage teens to use technology available through their libraries to develop their digital literacy skills. Libraries provide a space for teens to explore and learn about technology and to use it to create and share content. Library technologies can be used for fun and learning, often at the same time! Pinellas County public libraries offer a number of technical resources available to teens; maker spaces, coding classes, and gaming provide teens with outlets for their own creativity.

Access to technology is not the only advantage that Pinellas Public Libraries offer. Critical digital literacy skills such as how to find and cite reputable online sources for research, how to legally obtain music and video, and how to use the Internet safely and responsibly can all be learned at the library. Librarians can help teens access free and legal downloads, control social media privacy settings, or demonstrate how to find and cite reputable research resources for school projects.

During Teen Tech Week, we encourage parents and teens to explore and utilize all the technology resources and services available to them at their Pinellas public library. Together we can be the source of change in our communities! Have a look at the Teen Classes & Events section inside, for opportunities to grow your teen tech knowledge.

Here are just a few of the tech resources available in your Pinellas County libraries:

  • 3D Printers
  • Makey Makey Invention Kits
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Quadcopters
  • Cubelets
  • Gaming
  • Littlebits Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Coding Classes
  • Computer Access
  • Design Software

 

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