Geek Squad agents on hand for Teen Tech Coding Workshop at South Atlanta High School

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by: Tammy Garnes 

As a part of National Teen Tech Week (TTW) March 8-14, South Atlanta High students were treated to a coding workshop sponsored by Best Buy’s Geek Squad and the Library Services Association (YALSA).

30 students learned coding and other technology skills from Geek Squad Agents.

 

SA-GEEK2015-008“Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers,” says the YALSA.  This year’s theme is “Libraries are for Making…”

 

While many of the fastest-growing job categories are related to technology, millions of teens lack access to technology and risk not being able to pursue these careers. Best Buy is working to teach students tech skills with the goal of inspiring students and getting them to see the possibilities that are available.

Teachers are encouraged to fold a digital learning day activity into their TTW preparations on March 13.

ABOUT TEEN TECH WEEK:

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.

Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.

Millions of teens do not have access to a home computer and, were it not for libraries, would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills.  Libraries offer a bridge across the digital divide.  Libraries also recognize that digital media plays an important part in a teens’ life.  That is why more libraries than ever are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they will use to obtain scholarships, secure jobs, effectively manage their online identity and more.

ABOUT YALSA: A division of the American Library Association, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

 

 

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