“Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” This warning by Jeff Goldblum in the cinematic classic Jurassic Park is as true for discussing the hazards of reckless information consumption as it is for warning of the dangers cloning giant prehistoric monsters. Kinda.

When using technology to find information, the consequences aren’t as high as, say, the possibility of getting torn to shreds by a velociraptor, but that doesn’t mean your students shouldn’t learn how to be competent, ethical technology users. That’s why the Young Adult Library Services Association launched Teen Tech Week, happening this year March 8-14.

The theme of this year’s Teen Tech Week is “Press Play.” Not to be confused with a so-so Aerosmith album, YALSA describes the “Push Play” theme like this:

“One way to interpret the theme is to emphasize the word ‘play.’ Play can be about teens creating and sharing their own content for the fun of it, like videos, music, and digital artwork. Play through games can be encouraged with tournaments, tech trivia contests, and video games. The theme can also take a more educational direction. Teens can ‘press play’ on various digital devices to learn more about the world around them. They can press play to watch film documentaries, listen to an audiobook, get online homework help, learn a new language and more.”

The Teen Tech week website has lots of ideas for activities and resources, so hop on over there for more information, and make sure your students know the best strategies for using technology for learning. -BILL FERRIS

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