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Music

Music

8tracks.com -- Create your own radio station or playlist, or listen to streaming stations from users around the world.

last.fm-- Free streaming radio where you can personalize your stations and recieve suggestions for new musicians and songs to listen to.

Pandora-- Online streaming radio based on a song, genre, artist, etc. Also available in mobile apps for teens who use their smartphones more than a computer.

Playlist.com-- Listen to songs, build a playlist, share your music with friends or the whole world.

Google Music-- Still in beta, but a fantastic resource. Uploads copies of all of your music to the cloud and lets you play them from anywhere. Forgot your iPod for the big teen tech meet? No problem if you're on Google Music!

Handy for School

BibMe-- Works cited and bibliography pages created for you with full citations and correct formatting. Don't worry about where the comma goes Schoolever again!

DropBox-- Online file storage. Has handy apps for smartphones and tablets that mean no more hoping you remembered to email yourself the final draft of the paper that's due in about ten minutes.

Picnik-- This photo editing site is free and easy to use. Graphics and photos are easily edited and enhanced on Picnik.

Zamzar-- File conversion system. Turns any file into any other kind of file. A life-saver for getting around those "My file won't open on this computer!" freakouts.

Resources/Reviews

CNET-- A good source for product news and reviews, along with podcasts and other tech resources.

Digital Learning Day -- Start Teen Tech Week early by participating in Digital Learning Day on Feb. 1 (YALSA's a core partner!).

Digital Literacy Portal -- Under Find Educator Tools you can access existing or share your own resources such as toolkits, lesson plans and more.

G4-- The television network focuses on video game news with lots of game trailers, reviews and interactive content.

Geek the Library -- A library advocacy site from OCLC.

Gizmodo -- Tech reviews, app recommendations, and a good place to check out new and emerging tech and cloud-services.

ComputerHackasaurus -- Here’s great new way to introduce some next generation tech programming into your library, with a minimal demand on staff.

Inkscape -- An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more.

Mindshift -- Use this blog to stay up to date on all things relating to youth, learning and technology.

Mozilla Webmaker -- Mozilla Webmaker wants to help you make something amazing with the web. We’ve got new tools for you to use, projects to help you get started, and a global community of creators — educators, filmmakers, journalists, developers, youth — all making and learning together.

National STEM Video Game Challenge -- You and your teens can both enter this contest.

OnGuard Online -- Free information and resources about Internet safety, privacy best practices and more.

Pew Research Center -- Up-to-date stats on teens and technology use.

SketchUp -- Use SketchUp to create, modify and share your 3D models.

StumbleUpon -- Put in what you're interested in and find related cool websites and posts on the internet. A great resource for finding original and interesting content before it goes viral.

Technorati -- Has a great blog-search feature, and reviews on tech products. Good to use to find other stuff.

Tinkercad -- Tinkercad is an easy-to-use and powerful 3D CAD tool. Users are guided through the 3D design process through 'Lessons', which teach the basics before moving on to more complex modeling techniques.

Just for Fun

Code.org -- non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education. 

Howsecureismypassword.net -- Evaluate the strength of your passwords.

Meme Generator or Make a Meme -- Create your own meme.

Pinterest.com -- A cool way to create a digital bulletin board of your passions.

Scratch -- Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

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