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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

slide5

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

  • Free!
  • Most popular 3D modeling software
slide6

http://pixologic.com/sculptris/

  • Free!
  • More detail
  • Less architecture, better suited for forms
slide7

http://scratch.mit.edu/

  • Free!
  • Golden oldie of video game creation, still golden
  • In many school classrooms
  • Focuses on creative animation, programming
slide8

http://www.stencyl.com/

  • Free!
  • Creates a stand-alone flash game
  • Focuses on creating playable games, less on how to create the pieces
slide9

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

  • Free! (No, really.)
  • Open source vector editor
  • Future Fashion Designers
slide10

http://pixlr.com/

  • Free!
  • Online photo editor
  • Taking and Editing Great Photos
slide11

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
slide12

http://clubcreate.com/

  • Free! (Sign in to save your work.)
  • Remix songs or create your own
  • Ability to import vocal and instrumental tracks
slide13

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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