Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.
Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that their school media specialists and media technical assistants are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
On Monday, Ridgeview High School will open its new “makerspace” and Retro Tech exhibit in celebration of Teen Tech Week.
“A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials,” explained Julie Miller, one of the media specialists at Ridgeview. “With a mixture of high-tech and low-tech resources available, we are able to encourage ingenuity and resourcefulness in our students, qualities that will help them succeed in college, career, and life.”
“The Retro Tech exhibit allows students to explore technology from days past, such as a record player, a 16mm projector, and a typewriter,” said Darlene Goodier, also a media specialist at Ridgeview. “Our goal is to help students achieve a more powerful appreciation for the technological progress we have made as a society, and inspire discussion about the direction we will take for future technological advancement.”
“While our teachers, media specialists, and media technical assistants collaborate with and educate students about technology throughout the year, Teen Tech Week is a special opportunity to highlight the importance of digital literacy,” said Addison Davis, Clay County’s superintendent of schools. “I look forward to celebrating the opening of these exhibits and joining the dialogue about how to help our students lead in technological innovation and literacy.”
WHERE: Ridgeview High School Media Center
466 Madison Ave.
Orange Park, FL 32065
WHEN: Monday, March 6
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.