Youth Tech











{October 11, 2007}   More MySpace for Parents

We are teaching a new MySpace for Parents class tomorrow evening in partnership with a local television station who will be capturing footage. That show is set to air on Oct. 26, and at that time I will post more information about the show and its results. I would suggest that your library, school & community center consider doing regular workshops for parents on various social networking sites that youth utilize in their growth & play. Parents need to be in the know and more comfortable with the use of these tools in youth development.

In the next few weeks I will also post more information on the development of a series of workshops for parents on various social networking tools, gaming technologies and Internet safety that we will be offering with another Charlotte community media partner.

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{October 11, 2007}   KRL2pt0

KRL2pt0

I had the pleasure of spending this past Monday with the Kitsap Regional Library to assist in their Learning 2.0 kick off. Take a look at what they have started and give them a shoot out of encouragement at: KRL2pt0.



{December 5, 2006}   Whyville & Stacey Orrico …

Whyville

I recently received an email from Whyville. Need I ask why? I don’t know, but anyway it is one of the more interesting social networking sites out there for tweens and teens. eSchool News writes about it as being a safe social networking site for youth.

Whyville has over 1.7 million residents that come to learn create and have fun together. It has its own newspaper, politicians, beach, economy, city hall and much, much more.

Check it out, for tonight Stacey Orrico is giving a free virtual concert there.



{December 5, 2006}   News & Stuff…

My apologies for being away for awhile. Sometimes life gets in the way, or maybe it is that life happens. Regardless, I’m back with news and a few posts.

News: As of January 2, 2007, I will be serving in a new capacity as the Emerging Technology Manager here at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. I still intend to maintain my enthusiasm and commitment to several youth oriented projects (Eye4You Alliance Second Life Project and several long term initiatives here at ImaginOn) but will also be working with and continuing to develop adult oriented computer and technology oriented programs, experiences, etc. at PLCMC’s Virtual Village and throughout.

I still intend to maintain this blog, for we will also be moving it to its own domain soon. We might adjust the idealistic purpose of the blog’s direction a bit, but will still include youth oriented technology news and items of interest. Youth Tech should be more about the youthful enthusiasm for technology that folks have. It just so happens that our youth tend to have this built into them and through the years it is pushed out of them in various ways and maturation processes. This blog is about that attitude and how it is present in our worlds, but also how one might present and foster such an attitude of learning, change, youth and technology.



Harper's

This looks awesome. HarperTeen editors and authors invite teens to join thousands of others online to collectively create an original short story—one chapter at a time. The beginning of the storyline will be posted on October 27, so get singed up to join in. Participate in author blog posts from Meg Cabot, Farrin Jacobs and others.

Check it out at: http://www.harperteenfanlit.com/



TOYChallenge

I ran across this the other day and wanted to pass it along. Founded in 2001 Sally Ride Science’s mission is to empower girls to explore the world of science. They have recently announced the TOYchallenge. It is a toy design challenge for imaginative boys and girsl that are 5-8th graders to create a new toy or game. They go on to state that “(t)Toys are a great way to learn about science, engineering, and the design process! As girls and boys create a toy or game, they experience engineering as a fun, creative, collaborative process, relevant to everyday life.”

For more information: http://www.toychallenge.com/abouttc.shtml



{October 15, 2006}   MySpace for Parents Pt. 2 …

Hello All,

I’ve been leading MySpace for Parents workshops within our community at various locations for the past several months and have had mixed opinions and results, but for the most part have been able to really help some parents out with advice, etc.

I had one very thankful mother of a daughter that has had problems in the past with her MySpace page and usage. They are about to allow her access again and just want to make sure that they know what they are getting into. She seemed to be a very concerned parent that wanted to allow for some freedom and flexibility, but also wanted to keep her daughter safe and honest to who she is. Honest in the sense of things that she was writing and communicating, etc.

On another occasion I had four moms from the same bible study. They were all very interested and engaged. In fact, the workshop lasted a full 2 hours. It is only suppose to go an hour. In the process of all that went on that evening we looked up one of the mother’s daughter’s MySpace page, and the mother had never seen it before. I was a bit nervous about doing that, but her daughter’s, who is a freshman/soph. in college, page looked fine. It had nothing really shocking or out of the ordinary for a typical young adult in their late teens/early twenties. It also allowed us the opportunity to go over how to search for their child’s MySpace page.

One evening I talked with a couple who just happened to walk in and gladly attended. This couple was very interesting. I found out later that the man had lived in my old hometown area for over 18 years, so it was good to make that connection with him. They have a daughter and a son. Their daughter is in her late teens/early twenties and was sexually assaulted 5 years ago by a man. This man is suppose to be released from prison soon, and he is pretty savy with computer technology. They were concerned for her and were going to suggest that she change her screen name, etc., so that if he were so inclined he could not find her via MySpace.

Just recently I had a dad, a children’s librarian, and a mother. The dad in the group is very interested in knowing and keeping up with his kids/teens. He stated several times that he just wants to be able to be in the same technology ball park with his kids. The librarian was very excited about what we are doing and is interested in the fact that they are planning to do more of the same at her library.

I thought that this might give you all some food for thought. Attendance and numbers are great but sometimes small groups can give us a more useful exchange with parents.

MySpace for Parents Brochure



{October 13, 2006}   Teen Second Life

The Alliance Library System (ALS) and the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) have announce a partnership to offer a culutural and informational service on an island in Teen Second Life. The Eye4You Alliance Island’s leadership comes from, Lori Bell (Director of Innovation at ALS), Kelly Czarnecki (Teen Librarian at ImaginOn of PLCMC) and Matt Gullett (Technology Education Librarian at ImaginOn of PLCMC). They are just at the beggining stages of developing this innovative service and welcome interested partners to submit a statement of interest to either Kelly Czarnecki (kczarnecki@plcmc.org) or Matt Gullett (mgullett@plcmc.org).

See a full press release here: Eye4UAlliance.



Although I tend to focus and all forms of literacy I do believe, as a librarian, that if one were to rely upon one basic form of literacy it should be reading a language. Here is an interesting documentary that I have not watched, but looks to have much promise for those of us in the literacy business, especially libraries and schools. It is hosted/narrated by Henry Winkler (the Fonz).

the fonz

 

Check it and more info about it at: http://www.readingrockets.org/shows/watch#brain.



Experts meet with Congress to discuss how afterschool programs that teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through fun, engaging activities such as computer programming, robotics, and 3-D digital animation. The briefing was sponsored by the Coalition for Science After School, the Afterschool Alliance, the National
Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics in conjunction with the Senate and House Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Caucuses and the Senate and House
Afterschool Caucuses. For more information on STEM and afterschool check out: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/news_events.cfm#4000491



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