September 22, 2023

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

“Cultural Competence” Is Essential to Serve Teens

With a society that’s growing increasingly diverse, librarians should proactively integrate cultural aspects of “diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups” into programs and services.

Teen Conducts Her Own Study on Screen Time’s Effect

Seventeen-year old Zarin Rahman suspected that the time she spent staring at screens was affecting her mood and school work. So the 12th grader at Brookings (SD) High School decided to conduct her own study.

YALSA Updates Teen Book Finder App with 2013 Titles

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has just launched an updated version of its free Teen Book Finder app—which debuted in June, 2012—to include all of the books the association honored in 2013. The first of its kind, Teen Book Finder gives teens, librarians, parents, and young adult literature aficionados access to YALSA’s recommended reading and award-winning titles from the past three years.

Using Social Media to Engage Teens in the Library

Ideas about social media, teens, and the future of libraries were shared in a dynamic online exchange sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Connected Learning.

Connecting the Plots: Figment is turning teenage angst into published prose

Illustration by James Steinbery for SLJ feature article "Connecting the Plots".

The hot online writing community is engaging kids and educators alike, librarians, too. SLJ’s feature includes tips on how to use Figment in school.

Putting Tech into Teen Spaces

Guidelines from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) address media literacy, low-cost options for serving kids.

Study: Young People of All Races Are Politically Active Online

A large segment of today’s youth, regardless of race or ethnic group, now actively exercise their political muscle online, says a new study from the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics.

Why I’m Taking My Fourth Grader to See ‘The Hunger Games’

Lauren Barack, a regular contributor to the Digital Shift, writes this time as a mother.