March 10-16 we celebrate Teen Tech Week, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. Read more about Teen Tech Week here, and keep reading to learn about some research, news, and cool resources for encouraging digital literacy and creativity.

  • Tweeting about Teen Tech Week to share your tips or ask some questions? Use the hashtag #ttw13.
  • This virtual “quilt” of links will take you to some great websites that will help your teens learn how to code, create their own comics, or publish their writing.
  • Media and technology can be powerful educational tools. Consider this study on how teens use technology to communicate about schoolwork, this study on how a video game encouraged tweens to change their diets for the better, and this study on how combining a traditional lecture with an educational game led to increased understanding of school subject matter.
  • Want to celebrate Teen Tech Week with younger children? Check out the Association for Library Service to Children’s Great Websites for Kids page or the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning page from the American Association of School Librarians.
  • The key to all media and technology is positive use, which includes moderation. Take a look at this illuminating article on emotional intelligence and Instagram.
  • How much do you know about Internet security? Test yourself by trying out How Secure Is My Password.
  • Teens with technology skills and a global outlook should consider entering this contest sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization of Migration. By creating a video about global themes and social justice, winners can make an impact, learn some skills, and win a free trip to New York.
  • Gamers can take their expertise and apply it to building an entirely new game on this website.
  • The Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment, or VIA, is a CMCH project that puts cameras into the hands of young people living with chronic disease. Their video diaries not only allow them to express themselves, but they also inform doctors of what it’s really like to live with certain conditions. Learn more about the study results and outcomes here and here.

What are you doing to celebrate Teen Tech Week?

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