Today’s students are the Internet Generation: Generation Z. It is difficult enough to deal with the sensory overload of computers, films, TV, radio, music, not to mention keeping our young people safe as they are faced with the barrage of social networking trends and internet predators. If you are searching for a helping hand as your children grow up in this fast paced age of technology, look no further than your Public Library.
The Oswego Public Library Public Computing Center (PCC) is now offering a free digital technology club for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. We are offering weekly, two hour sessions in which we focus on specific digital media tools as well as provide supervised exploration of fun and safe websites to expand each student’s knowledge of the internet beyond the likes of Facebook and other potentially unreliable sites.
The Oswego PCC is collaborating with AmeriCorps, so some club projects will promote awareness of nutrition and fitness and include a monthly Wii fit activity where students can use digital technology while leading an active lifestyle.
We will practice everything from creating and editing music using free software, creating digital art with programs like Photoshop, brainstorming for school projects with Mind mapping tools, webpage creation and design using free hosting sites and architecture or interior design using Google’s Sketch up!
Do your children need a little extra help with programs they regularly use in school? We offer workshops for Microsoft Office and Google docs as well. We will also host a series of movie making classes in which we make and edit short films including stop motion and Claymation, live action, and participate in a movie making contest. All this and more is available at the Oswego Public Computing Center!
We will also collect and share an abundance of free sources and services for students including suggested readings, websites, videos, games, and more! Visit the Oswego PCC at http://oswego.learninglibraries.org/for more information.
This month we are offering Adventure Journalism workshops every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, November 9. Bring your cell phones or cameras or use ours! Throughout November we will learn about different applications to experiment with digital photography, we will be checking out cool websites, creating a bookmark, designing a poster, playing Wii Fit and exploring the library during a scavenger hunt!
Participants should have parental permission to use the Internet and a current Oswego Public Library card. If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for free computer workshops, you can call 315-341-5867 or email an instructor at [email protected] for more information. Space is limited, so contact us today. Feel free to also stop in at the main desk at the library to sign up. The Oswego Public Library Public Computing Center is located at 120 East 2nd St. in Oswego on the lower level. Check out our full schedule at http://oswego.learninglibraries.org/