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Chestatee students absorb computer information
School hosts Teen Tech Week to teach high schoolers about exploring Internet resources
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Chestatee High School junior Kayla Martinez watches a YouTube video on how to use Movie Maker in the school’s media center as part of Teen Tech Week.

Chestatee High School students were immersed into the fields of technology recently as it hosted Teen Tech Week in the media center for the first time.

Teen Tech Week is a national event aimed at helping teens become educated and responsible users of technologies, especially resources such as eBooks, databases and audiobooks offered through school libraries. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 with the theme “Get Connected @ Your Library,” and is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Teenage technology use has dramatically increased throughout the years, but many teens are not familiar with the school’s technology because they are unaware of the resources.

“I think Teen Tech Week is a great way to expose our students to all the neat technology we have in the media center,” Media Specialist Jennifer Parker said.

Teen Tech Week encourages students to use the media center’s online resources for learning and for recreational reading.

During the week, students were given a technology challenge to complete each day. The first 75 students to do so received a free Coca- Cola.

Students also participated in a digital scavenger hunt. The student who completed the most activities with the most creativity won a $50 Best Buy gift card. Not only did students enjoy a free beverage, they also were exposed to the educational technology resources available at the school.

“We have had a great response for each day’s challenge thanks to support from our faculty and teachers,” Parker said. “I just love having the media center full with productive young learners.”