I’m excited that my library will definitely be having a Kids Tech Club during the upcoming year. We are going to start off with three six-week sessions October-November, February-March and June-July as well as some field trips (to see ie a 3D printer in action). The working name is Kids Tech Club, but kids will have to register for each six-week session, with preference giving to kids who haven’t attended a previous session. There will be space for ten kids, Grades 4-6, each session.
My library has a computer lab with a projector and those computers are getting upgraded this summer. The lab has only been used for adult and teen events before so it’s exciting to expand its use. In addition to the desktop computers, the library has several flip cameras and a couple of iPads are on order so we are in pretty good shape equipment-wise. While we’ll certainly use the iPads, etc., the focus will be on web-based tools so that the children are more likely to be able to use them on their own, either at home or when using the library’s public computers. My older post Tech Club Inspirations and my ever-growing Tech Club list on Diigo highlight some of the programs we may use.
The Twitterverse has been so helpful to me in preparing for this program. Special thanks to Kathy Kaldenberg at Solon Middle School and Claire Moore at Darien Library for sharing their expertise. Shannon Miller and Karen Bolotin, KB…Connected, are super-inspirational as well. If you have ever run a Tech Club, or anything along these lines, I’d love to hear from you.