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Hot, Free, and Downloadable: tech for teens and why you care. Amy Boese and Marcus Lowry Ramsey County Library Minnesota. Ramsey County Library: Teen Services. Seven Libraries Five School Districts 740 programs per year (365 gaming at Roseville) 10,000 Teens

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Hot free and downloadable tech for teens and why you care

Hot, Free, and Downloadable: tech for teens and why you care

Amy Boese and

Marcus Lowry

Ramsey County Library

Minnesota


Ramsey county library teen services
Ramsey County Library: Teen Services

  • Seven Libraries

  • Five School Districts

  • 740 programs per year

    (365 gaming at Roseville)

  • 10,000 Teens

  • Three sushi places, one Pizza Ranch, no Waffle House

  • Two librarians


How we do it
How we do it.

  • Active classes

    • Librarian instructors

    • AmeriCorps CTEP

    • Community Ed., TV

    • School collaborations

    • Youth serving organizations

  • Passive access to tech

  • Drop in tech


Coolest things ever
Coolest. Things. Ever.

Replicator in action

Replicator II


http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/product/gsu.html

  • Free!

  • Most popular 3D modeling software


http://pixologic.com/sculptris/

  • Free!

  • More detail

  • Less architecture, better suited for forms


http://scratch.mit.edu/

  • Free!

  • Golden oldie of video game creation, still golden

  • In many school classrooms

  • Focuses on creative animation, programming


http://www.stencyl.com/

  • Free!

  • Creates a stand-alone flash game

  • Focuses on creating playable games, less on how to create the pieces


http://inkscape.org/download/?lang=en

  • Free! (No, really.)

  • Open source vector editor

  • Future Fashion Designers


http://pixlr.com/

  • Free!

  • Online photo editor

  • Taking and Editing Great Photos


http://www.weebly.com/

  • Free! (But you have to sign up.)

  • Create your own website, link all of your stuff in one place

  • http://jnsbhello.weebly.com/mangaaaa.html


http://clubcreate.com/

  • Free! (Sign in to save your work.)

  • Remix songs or create your own

  • Ability to import vocal and instrumental tracks


http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

  • Free! (open source.)

  • Audio editor

  • Podcasting

  • Edit sound for importing elsewhere


Tangents or not free hot or downloadable
Tangents, or:Not free, hot, or downloadable

  • Minecraft

  • Flip

  • Apps

  • Python

  • Artemis

  • Whomptrix


Challenges
Challenges

  • Teen tech open lab – drop in versus drop off

  • Cutting edge tech sometimes FAILS

  • Free software goes away (RIP: aviary.com)

  • Schools block free software

  • Libraries block downloads

  • Vendor issues: bugs are bugs

  • Staffing changes


Why we think you should care
Why we think you should care.

  • Navigation of new technology

  • Gamification

  • Courage is learned

  • Inspiration and exploration

  • Career exploration

    • “People do this for $$$, you could too.”




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