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March 11, 2014 > Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week

Submitted By Macey Morales

Texting and smartphone apps are staples of the technology-driven world around us, yet many teens struggle with using technologies safely and ethically. School and public libraries from across the nation will throw open their physical and virtual doors to help teens improve their digital literacy skills during Teen Tech Weekª March 9 - 15. Thousands of teens are expected to participate and will take advantage of free library workshops on building social communities; writing code; navigating the Internet; and much more.

This yearÕs Teen Tech Weekª theme is DIY @ your library, and teens will work with librarians to create their own unique Web and technological content as well as learn how to become competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries.

According to the Pew Research CenterÕs Internet & American Life Project Online Survey of Teachers, although the Internet has opened up a vast world of information for todayÕs students, their digital literacy skills have yet to catch up. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed stated that students lack the ability to assess the quality and accuracy of information they find online. Another 33 percent reported that students lacked the ability to recognize bias in online content.

Teen Tech Weekª is a national initiative administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. The initiative is aimed at teens, educators, and parents, and highlights technology resources and programs available at the library.

For more information on Teen Tech Weekª please visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.

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