As a member of the American Libraries Association’s Public Policy Advisory Council, I was pleased to join ALA’s National Policy Convening to discuss youth engagement with technology:
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Tiffany Moore, vice president of the Consumer Technology Association (and a member of ALA’s new Public Policy Advisory Council), kicked off the session and the convening. They focused on libraries as vehicles for expanding opportunity for youth, whether as centers of technology access or as pipelines for increasing the diversity of talent interested in technology-related education and career paths. Stephan Turnipseed, executive vice president of Destination Imagination and a former president of Lego Education North America, gave the session’s keynote address. Turnipseed described pedagogic strategies to help parents and educators prepare children, tweens, and teens for participation in the digital economy.