Connect, Create, Collaborate: Supporting Teen Needs with Technology
Over the past several years, technology has not only become a part of the every day life experience of teens, but it's also an integral part of the lives of the librarians that serve the age group. From Twitter to Facebook, from blogs and wikis librarians and teens are using tech tools to connect, create, collaborate, and consume. Yet, for many librarians, technology remains an add-on to teen services and is not yet considered an integral part of service to adolescents.
In this course, participants will learn why teens need librarians to integrate technology into every aspect of service from homework help to readers advisory to programming. They will also learn how libraries can integrate technology into the services they provide by using a wide-range of tools and devices including mobile technology and content creation hardware and software. Participants will complete the course knowing how, through technology integration, librarians can help teens to succeed in problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and learning.
Students in the course will:
- Learn how teen use of technology, even social use of technology, supports successful adolescent development and learning.
- Understand how to advocate with administrators, colleagues, parents, and community members for full support of teen library technology integration.
- Know how to integration technology in order to support a variety of traditional teen library services and functions including collection development, readers' advisory, homework support, and programming.
- Get ideas on how to involve teens in the process of integrating technology into the full range of programs and services provided by the library.
Who Should Attend
Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.
Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:
- Read the online course material
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete online exercises
Linda W. Braun is a YALSA past president and educational technology consultant with LEO: Librarians & Educators Online. She provides training and consulting to schools, libraries, and other educational institutions on how to integrate technology successfully into their services.
Date(s) & Time(s)
This course is not currently available
- $169 YALSA members
- $215 ALA Members
- $235 nonmembers