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OITP takes over @YALSA for Teen Tech Week #TTW17

Teen Tech Week 2017 logo "Be the Source of Change" catchphrase.

ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) kicks off its annual Teen Tech Week (#TTW17) this Monday. The Office for Information Technology Policy will be participating throughout the week and round it off with a Twitter Takeover on Friday, March 10.

This year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, is perfect for the Libraries Ready to Code project. #TTW17 challenges teens and the libraries that serve them to think about how digital resources add to their creativity, encourage computational thinking and help teens make a positive change in their communities. Libraries #ReadytoCode builds on that by asking library staff to imagine how they can design and facilitate coding programs for youth that connect coding to their interests and passions; build community partnerships; positively influence youth and community perceptions of who can code; and inspire more youth to code.

Sound like a lot? Not really. #ReadytoCode concepts start where libraries are already strong (as in facilitating programs, understanding community demographics, connecting youth to relevant resources), but during #TTW17 we will have a series of guest bloggers who will talk about projects that will inspire you to get started or to try something new if you are already coding. Two things you must try!

  • Check out The Tessera. Tweet the characters through an “Enchanted Crate.” Ada Lovelace (a.k.a. @horselytowers) and others are waiting to communicate with you. Be sure to watch out for S (a.k.a. @otpreny), the enemy of the Tessera society. The design team will be blogging about the game, so check back on Wednesday and follow #thetessera for more.
  • Check out the 2017 Congressional App Challenge and mix coding and civics into one activity. You will hear more about how to get involved next week.

Finally, join the #ReadytoCode team on Friday for a Twitter chat at 3:30 p.m. EST. Tell us what you’ve been doing during #TTW17 and what you do throughout the year to get your teens creative through coding.

Want to learn more about Libraries #ReadytoCode? Listen to this Public Library Association podcast and visit ala/org/librariesreadytocode.

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Marijke Visser

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