Teen Tech Tip if the Week #12: Digital Media at Your Library 
Welcome back. We hope that you found some cool podcasts to listen to. Last week, the library announced the launch of our new eMagazine collection, and we thought that it would be a good idea to reflect on all of the digital media that your library has to offer.



Downloadable Audiobooks


Click here to launch OneClickDigital from Recorded Books. Here you can download ebooks to listen to on your computer or mp3 player. There is a large selection of interesting books that you may find helpful on a long road trip, and the extensive collection of classics might help with books that you need to read for school.

eBooks


Click here to get to the library's landing page for all things eBook. You can find all that you need to browse, checkout and download books on eReaders, tablets, iPads, iPods, and smartphones. Be sure to check out the instructions and FAQ's for your device.

Click here for more free eBooks that you can permanently download on the web. Mostly classics here, but that's a great way to get free books for school.

eMagazines


Click here to access the library's brand new eMagazine collection brought to you by recorded books and Zinio. You can access and enjoy 160 different titles on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.


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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #11: Podcasting 
Welcome back from the break. We hope that you were able to use the last topic to cook up a storm. This week we will look at Podcasting.



Podcasting is a general term for any sort of web-related, episodic audio content or radio that can be streamed or downloaded to computers, mobile devices, or smartphones. In many ways, a Podcast is like an audio version of a blog. There are thousands of podcasts currently being broadcast from around the world and pertain to just about any subject imaginable. Many radio programs are available as podcasts after the show has aired.

Whether you are going to listen to a Podcast on a device or on your computer, you will need to use a particular type of app called a "podcatcher." These programs allow you to subscribe to a podcast and will automatically aggregate and download episodes to your device. Here are some free programs for popular platforms:

Apple


iTunes
If you use Apple products and iTunes already, this is a non-brainer. Search online for a podcast an paste the URL into the "Subscribe to Podcast" option under Advanced. You can also use iTunes to search for other casts.

Android


Podkicker
BeyondPod

Home Computer


iTunes is freely for Mac and PC and can be used to subscribe to podcasts.
Juice

Cool Podcasts


This American Life
The Splendid Table
Nature
Selected Shorts

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #10: Foodie Tech 
This week we are celebrating making it to double digits! With celebration in mind and all the holidays that are approaching, this week we are looking a some cool cooking tech resources.



Since food is best enjoyed with others, we wanted to highlight websites that promote eating as a community function. Here are some sites that are community oriented that allow users to upload and share their favorite recipes and some stunning blogs to whet your holiday appetite. We have also included some free, fun apps to help you choose and prepare delicious recipes.

Social media is a great way to share recipes as well. Add photos of your creation onto Facebook, or organize your favorite recipes into a Pinterest board for all to see.

Blogs


Cook Teen
Smitten Kitchen

Sites


Bake Space
Simply Recipes

Apps


All Recipes Dinner Spinner
Epicurious
How to Cook Everything

Social Media


Pinterest

Be sure to share a favorite recipe in the comment section below for a chance to be featured on the LFPL Tech Blog.

We will be taking next week off to celebrate the holidays, but check back with us the week after Thanksgiving for a new addition.

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #9: Make Your Own Blogs and Websites 
Ever wonder how you can make you own blog or website for free? This week we will look at a few fun ways to do so.



Blogs


Blogger is Google's simple, free way to make and manage your own blog
WordPress allows you to make a stylish, eye-catching blog with all the bells and whistles

Sites


Weebly is like PowerPoint for making websites
Google Sites lets you set up a site from pre-designed templates and add gadgets

HTML Code


Codecademy You can teach yourself how to program a website using html and CSS programming languages and build it from scratch. We have been having quite a bit of fun with this over the past few weeks.

Do you have your own blog or website that you would like to share? Paste the URL into the comments section for a chance to be featured on the LFPL Teen Blog.

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Teen Tech Tip of the Week #8: Screen Capture 
Welcome back to another week of the blog. This week we are looking at cool ways to capture and share what is on your computer screen.



There are a variety of ways to capture what is on your screen and share it with others. This can be a helpful tool when creating demonstrations or instructional videos. Here are two different ways:

Print Screen Short Cuts (Tip #1)
Use these short cuts to take a picture of your screen and paste it into any document:

'Ctrl' + 'Print Screen' - Windows

'Apple Key' + 'Shift' + '3' (all at the same time) - Mac

Jing
This free, simple software allows users to capture images or short videos and lets you add sounds from a microphone. Click on the image above for a short video.


Create a video and share the link in the comments sections below for a chance to be featured on the Teen Tech Tips blog.



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