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Hack the System!: Introducing Technology Life Hacks

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by adowds in Technology, Teen Services

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Life can be frustrating sometimes. Dealing with technology can be even more frustrating. But what if we put these two together to make life just a bit easier and a bit more fun? The solution – technology life hacks!

So what is a life hack? Life hacks refer to any tool, trick, skill, shortcut, or method that makes an aspect of someone’s life easier and more efficient. You may incorporate life hacks into your every-day life and not even realize it. For example, have you ever thrown a dryer sheet into your dirty laundry pile to mask the smell? Life hack! Or, you only have a little bit of Nutella left in the jar so you decide to add 2 scoops of ice cream to it – ultimate life hack! These are just two shortcuts to make life smell fresher and taste more delicious.

According to lifehacker.com, the term “life hack” was created in 2004 by technology journalist, Danny O’Brien, to describe ways members of the tech community utilized playful shortcuts to simplify and accelerate their workflow. This term quickly gained popularity and is now used every day, by tech geeks or not, to describe people’s attempts to circumvent this complex thing we call Life.

As I start my new job here in Teen Central, life hacks may become my lifeline as my desk piles high with ideas, computer wires, technology workshop gadgets, and 3D printed toys. Each month, I will highlight my latest life hack creation and invite teens from Teen Central to craft, explore, and test out new hacking devices.

To keep you busy until then, geek out on these simple, everyday technology life hacks:

1. Dirty computer keyboard? Slide the sticky part of a post-it note between the keys to grab dust, dirt, and left-over lunch crumbles.

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2. Bent or frayed charger cord? Take the spring from an old pen and wrap it around the top of the cord to keep it straight.

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allyWant to create your own technology life hack? Stop by Teen Central during Open Lab time.

*“Hack the System!” features examples of technology life hacks created by Ally, the Youth Technology Librarian at Teen Central. Check back on the second Wednesday of each month for her latest post.

Ctrl+Z: Girls Makers & Coders Program

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by chalpin@private.bpl.org in Technology, Teen Services

Girls Makers & Coders, an 8-week program, is about to head into its fourth week here in the Lab at Teen Central. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for young women, ages 12-18, to gain experience with hands-on projects that incorporate different skill sets, including design processes and computer coding. The focus of these projects is around “wearables” – clothing or accessories that are fabricated using technology or have computers or technological functions built in to their design. (A current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts highlights the relevance and excitement coming out of this particular area of innovative design.) The program is being led by knowledgeable volunteers and 9 registered girls are participating.

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Learning about circuits and laying out their design.

Organizations such as Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, and Change the Equation are bringing awareness, seeking solutions, and providing programs to address the gender and minority gap in STEM related fields. (For more information specifically about the gender gap, look here). It is our hope that the library can also be place where an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math can be sparked and explored. The library, as an informal learning center where people are encouraged delve into their interests, is perfectly situated for like-minded youth to meet and work together in a low-stress, fun environment all while gaining new skills to build upon in the future.

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Success! After sewing with conductive thread, LED’s are properly connected to their battery.

 

After working on smaller, individual projects that aim to build a foundation in concepts such as circuitry, and an introduction to computer code, participants will collaborate to design and create a larger interactive project with colorful lights (LEDs) controlled by sensors and code with a wearable microcontroller. Through this process participants will also be able to employ crucial 21st Century Skills by exercising their creativity, thinking critically, effectively communicating with their team, and successfully collaborating to complete their unique project.

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Sewing with conductive thread.

 

 

 

 

When the program wraps up in the coming weeks, check back here and I’ll update with more info about their finished project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*”Ctrl+Z” is all about fearlessly exploring technology. Look here for info about teens, technology, and having fun with new media by Catherine, Teen Technology Coordinator at Teen Central, on the fourth Friday of every month.

Welcome to Teen Tech Week!

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Akunna in Events, Programs, Technology, Teen Services

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Teen Tech Week is a time to celebrate, learn more about and use tech resources in your  library!  Take a look at the different techie programs you can participate in this week.

It’s also a time for teen librarians to hear from teens about their current tech interests– anything from books about technology to video games you like to learning skills to be creative with technology. So, come talk to us– we really want to hear from you! Feel free to leave some suggestions in the comment section below, too.

And… if you want to beef up on tech history during the week, check out the blog  This Day in Tech History, which gives you brief information on a significant piece of tech history for each day. Today, in 2008 (a really long time ago, right?) Hulu, the online video streaming website, was first launched.  If you’ve got some other interesting tech facts, post them in the comments.

Enjoy the week!

Celebrate Teen Tech Week!

Posted on March 9th, 2010 by admin in Contests, Events

Teen Tech Week (March 7-13, 2010) celebrates the non-print resources in the library. Come play a video game (tournament @ the Mattapan Branch on Tuesday and Friday), use our computers to play online (have you seen Games for Change yet?), and make sure you look at the games you can check out and take home (here are the links for our PS2, PS3, Wii, and XBox 360 collections).

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