's Blog – May 2009 Archive (5)

Hot off the press!

Just posted a new tutorial for Teen Tech Camp, and our Media Mashup Labs. Any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? All are appreciated.
Stay tuned, cause there's gunna be a handout!

Added by on May 28, 2009 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

MPL Open Lab 05/26/2009

Hi everyone,

Sorry I couldn't post last night. Summer is officially here and so too our busiest time in Library-land. We had a great Open Lab Session yesterday. We had twelve participants. Most of our audience are consistently tweens, but yesterday afternoon there were five older teens in attendance. We are talking about splitting the sessions up so that we have programming in Children's for the younger participants, and a separate time for the older guys in the YA area. This would do two… Continue

Added by on May 27, 2009 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

Free Sound Effects

Hey guys,

This site went around our library system a while back, and I found it again preparing for Teen Tech Camp. The site is

This is what our Technical Trainer had to say about the site:

"Soungle is an easy way to search for free sound effects. Just be aware that you might want to play around with different keywords - A search for 'airplane' has only one result, whereas a search for 'plane has 10 and 'jet has another 10. All audio clips are easily… Continue

Added by on May 20, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Teaching Scratch using Scratch.

Hey guys,

Mary, John, and I have been kicking around the idea of teaching Scratch using Scratch for our Teen Tech Camp. Mostly, this would allow us to become really familiar with the programming language, but also we can then embed the Scratch program in our Teen Page and it could be accessed from anywhere - by anyone. This also seems to open up opportunities with future programming at our branches, which are a little understaffed at the moment.

Anyway, check out the first… Continue

Added by on May 13, 2009 at 3:25pm — 5 Comments

Another Open Lab in Memphis...

Today was not the best session. We couldn't connect to the internet. Then somehow the session began to take a music focus. I showed a few participants Audacity, which they quickly gave up on. Then, we began trying to make some beats and interesting things to record by using a Scratch/Audacity combo. I think they learned a lot and experienced some new things, but it was crazy.

Added by on May 12, 2009 at 6:19pm — 2 Comments

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