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Learn how technology can help you this school year

Jordan Fields
Garfield County Libraries
At a Rifle MADlab event in April, children, teens and adults were able to interact with and learn new technology.
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The Garfield County Libraries and School District Re-2 are teaming up to offer technology fairs for parents and students. Both the library and the schools offer a plethora of technology tools to help ensure that our students succeed, but many parents and students are unaware that these options exist. The goal of the technology fairs is to help spread the word.

The Garfield County Libraries will be offering a number of stations where attendees can learn about using library resources for homework, learning apps available for download, checking out eBooks and eMagazines, and how to find items in the new library catalog. At the fair we are also launching a new program where iPads will be available for checkout and use in the library. A library representative will be on hand to talk about upcoming events and programs such as the new Fridays @ Your Library events for children and teens, and the Book a Librarian sessions for questions of all types.

School District Re-2 representatives will be present to demonstrate PowerSchool Single Sign On, a website and app that lets students and parents track grades and attendance as well as receive notifications from the school and teachers. Another featured tool is Edmodo, a social learning website used for student collaboration. There will also be a station where parents can hear more about Common Sense Media and the standards students are learning for safe technology and media use.

At the Rifle Tech Fair, the library will also host MADlaunch, with additional information about MADlab, the library’s Makerspace, as well as times for upcoming classes, demonstrations and the OPENlab hours which begin in October. At both the Rifle and Silt technology fairs, attendees can see the 3-D printer in action, learn more about what it takes to design something in 3-D, and find out how to have designs printed at the library.

Technology fairs will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Rifle Branch Library and from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Silt Branch Library.


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