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Urban Teens and Web 2.0

Exploring how libraries and other educational programs can use Web 2.0 to attract and educate urban teens. By Kristine Kreidler for FSU's LIS5313

Kristine Kreidler

on 24 March 2015

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Transcript of Urban Teens and Web 2.0

What is Urban? In the Census Bureau's definition, it's an area with a population center of at least 1,000 people. But in today's modern society,
it means much more. SO... So what can Web 2.0
offer to urban teens? New Media
Literacy Grow Up Healthy
& Urban Teens and Web 2.0 Web 2.0 Traditional Literacy "The most dangerous experiment we can conduct with our children is to keep schooling the same at a time when every other aspect of our society is dramatically changing."
Chris Dede, written statement to the PCST panel, 1997 What is it? CONNECTS Even smaller Web 2.0 is the term used to encompass the multitude of web applications
that facilitate collaborative work between users on the World Wide Web.
Web 2.0 is made up of dynamic, shareable content and social networking.
It emphasizes user-centered design and services. Making our world It Us Facebook • Myspace • Twitter • Beebo • Flickr • Wikis • Podcasts • Google Calendar • Skype • Moodle
And Many, Many More! 90+ % of teens are online. Think about everything that is moving online for you. But some aren't.
And many more teens do not have equal access to the WWW and technology. Libraries can serve as a primary internet source for many minority and low-income teens. Banking
Applying for Jobs If young people don’t become media savvy, they’ll
end up being defined by the media. Developing their critical abilities
is what Dr. Nichole Pinkard calls
digital literacy.
Give Them A Creative Outlet Give them confidence Raise their self-esteem Inspire them Give them a safe environment to be themselves And these all help to: Foster Developmental Growth Gaming
Social Networks
Sharing of creative work
Mixing and REMIXING Teens learn skills from these Web 2.0 tools
that they can apply to other things in life and take out into the world. Teenagers are in between childhood and adulthood. They want to be adults, but the adult world can be unfriendly. Teens feel like they have no voice. Engaging them in creation
makes them feel valued by the community. "Jalen thinks he can do anything now," Tracey Jackson, his mom. "It gave me my passion…like now I know that when I get older
I want to do film I want to be a director, an editor," Shani Edmond. "This might sound embarrassing but I share a room with my brother and it’s so…I need a space to breathe. And I can breathe. Yeah, so I love this place!" Shane Calvin, speaking of his Web 2.0 focused library, YOUmedia. Then showcase their work
in innovative ways: Digital Picture Tree Mix tracks and lay beats Design a video game Create animations Post on blogs, social media sites, YouTube,
library websites and others What Else? It's our job to reach out to teens, online and in person. Welcoming them with creative opportunities and a teen-friendly space. Give Them A Voice!! Some highlights from just the FIRST page:

1. The term is exploited by corporations such as MTV to refer to black music/culture, without mentioning race.
2. Black people or other minority.
3. City style is largely driven by blacks, and thus urban style often refers to black urban style urban culture implies black culture.
4. Associated with African-American or Hip-Hop culture.
Let's look it up in the online UrbanDictionary.com Photos from Flickr:

“Card Puncher, an Integral Part of the Tabulation System Used by the United States Census Bureau to Compile the Thousands of Facts Gathered by the Bureau": By the U.S. Government

“very cute teenagers”- by user SusanNYC
L1012258.jpg (Boys in street): by Susan NYC

"Patriotic Teenagers"; by InspirationDC

"Libraries4U": by Scottish Libraries’

"Music Studio" by kongtemplation

"Music Studio 2" by kongtemplation

"Digital Photo Tree" by Kongtemplation

"YouMedia “hanging out” space"
by The Shifted Librarian

"Game Developers Conference 2008" by

Wikimedia Commons:

"Computer N Screen": uploaded by Ysangkok

"super hero.mov," Digital Youth Network

Word collage - Wordle.net

Music from CCmixter

"Ayslum": by BOCrew
By Kristine Kreidler Urban teens can be of any race, ethnicity or economic status, but urban communities are more and more becoming multiethnic and multilingual. The Council of Great City Schools estimates thats 37% of urban students are African American, 35% Hispanic, 21% percent white, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander and 1% Alaskan/Native American. They also estimate that 64% of the school age children who attend public schools in these cities qualify for free or reduced lunch. Factors that enable urban teens to persevere include: "a belief in their own capabilities, the ability to rely on others, access to knowledge and resources in the community and cultivating support networks." Agosto, Hassell & Hughes-Hassell, Urban Teens in the Library.
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