Archive for Technology

Book Launch for Screenwise – Weds. Nov. 16

Book Launch for Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if their parents help them. Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age.

Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner serves as a professional development resource for schools wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

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Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Sun. Sept. 18

We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Tickets $10

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Jewish Reconstruction Synagogue
303 Dodge Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

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Events for Teens at EPL in July


altThursday, July 28, 6:30-8:30pm, The Loft, Main Library

Come celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! This evening of magic includes being sorted, trivia, games, giveaways and more! Grades 6-12. Sign up for a reminder and or drop in.


Wednesdays, June 8-August 10, 3-5 pm, the Loft, Main Library 

Low tech and high tech come together in this series of workshops. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you the most.


July 20-August 10: Collabor-action
Working in small groups during the Collabor-action sessions, we will explore various social justice issues that affect teens today, will work together to produce collaborative works of art of all kinds, from visual art pieces to stop-motion animation narrative storytelling films that address these issues.
Drop in or sign up for a reminder: July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10

Grades 6-12.



Tuesday, July 19, 6-7 pm, The Loft, Main Library

If you’re a crafty TAB veteran, you know the drill. If you’ve never even heard of TAB but you enjoy The Loft and like to indulge in free pizza now and then, you’re more than welcome to stop by and see what we’re all about. TAB members help plan, lead and set up Loft programs, assist with decision making in the Loft, decorate the space and more. We hope to see you there! For grades 6-12.Sign up for a reminder or drop in.


We provide the supplies you bring the creativity.  Grades 6-12.


Saturday, July 23, 3-4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Using conductive thread and LEDs you’ll light up the room by designing your own illuminated accessories. Drop in or sign up for a reminder. 

Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

District 65 parent and Digital Citizenship expert Devorah Heitner’s book Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World is ready for pre-order with copies in the mail in early September. Devorah is happy to speak to local groups and she can share excerpts and her ebook in advance.

For more information, contact Devorah’s at

ETHS Cyber Security Camp for Grades 9-12

CyberEvanston Township High School – 2016 CYBERSECURITY SUMMER CAMP

A non-credit hands-on exploration of cybersecurity for students grades 9 – 12

Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th 8AM – 1:35PM

One session only — space is limited to 15 students – no experience necessary

We will explore the field of cybersecurity using the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp program, which is organized as a 5 day hands-on experience. Students will learn about: basic cybersecurity principles, the use virtual machines, Windows security policies and account management, file protections, auditing and monitoring, Windows Server 2008 and Linux, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, graphical user interface & command line security on Ubuntu. We will also discuss cyber ethics, online safety, cyber threats, and explore career opportunities. Students will also be introduced to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition (which is held during the school year) and campers will participate in a mock competition on the final day of camp. No student experience is necessary – just a serious interest in learning about the field.

Key Information

  • Not a Credit Course: This camp is being offered by ETHS’ CTE department to interested students for exploration and enrichment. It is NOT a credit earning course and does NOT count towards a student’s graduation requirements.
  • Location: The camp will be held at Evanston Township High School in Room A335. This is a computer classroom and each student will have their own computer to work on.
  • Cost/Registration: Complete the form below and return it with the $200 camp fee. A limited number of fee waivers are available for families in need of financial assistance.
  • Refunds: Registration fee is refundable for requests received through Friday, July 8, 2016. If the camp has a low enrollment, it will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.

Questions: Contact Gary Haller at or 847 424-7985

More information and a registration form available at

Girls Coding Workshop – Tues. March 8

A new non-profit group called She Is Coding will hold a free workshop to interest girls in computer careers on International Women’s Day, March 8, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center in Evanston.

Organizer Tonya Patterson says technology is one of the fastest growing and highest paying fields, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago, and girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in the tech sector.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center
1655 Foster St.
Evanston , IL 60201


Hackstudio Spring Registration is Open

Hackstudio offers a ten-week program, April 4 – June 2, designed to help individuals discover and pursue their dreams – and get them DONE. Learn more about our program on our website at

Click here to register now!

Summer 3D Design Classes for Middle School Students


Application Information
To apply visit the website Applications can be turned in to your student’s media arts teacher by Monday, June 8th or emailed to Sherri Kushner at by Monday, June 15th.

Students must commit to attending every day of the class they sign up for in its entirety.  Check your calendar before applying to ensure that there will not be any conflicts if you are selected.

The classes will be held at the YMCA MetaMedia Lab at 1000 Grove Street.

Class A will meet August 3rd-  6th from 9:30am – 12pm.
Class B will meet August 10th-13th from 9:30am – 12pm.

Students should only sign up for one class.


McGraw YMCA MetaMedia Center Ribbon Cutting – Sat. March 21

The McGaw YMCA launches its new MetaMedia center for young people with a grand opening day of workshops and activities for the entire family.

The March 21 event event is free and open to the entire community. Ribbon cutting and dedication at 11:30 a.m.

More on the North Shore

Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite colors for Rainbow Day, Tuesday, June 24 at Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. They will participate in color-related activities. Event is free with museum admission of $9.50.

For details, call (847) 832-6600 or go to

Dancers in festive costumes doing authentic dances should delight all ages when Rio Bamba comes to the Wallace Bowl in Gillson Park, Lake Ave. at Lake Michigan, Wilmette, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Audience members can take a samba lesson.

For details, call (847) 256-6100 or go to

Spend a high-energy hour Getting Excited about Science with Steve Belliveau, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. The family show combines music, comedy and a fun exploration of electricity, space travel and chemistry. You’ll even see a human gyroscope and discover some interesting things that can be done with liquid nitrogen.

For details, call (847) 272-6224 or go to


Bilingual Science Programs on Saturdays at EPL

Come and learn about the various fields of science in this bilingual, hands-on program for kids and families. “Playing with Science/Jugando con la Ciencia” takes place every other Saturday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., through August 15 in the Children’s Room of the Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The next session will take place on June 21. No session on July 5.

How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy on Social Media – Tues. March 11

Are you just learning Facebook? Or are you a proud master of WeChat or Vine?

When it comes to social media, no matter how technologically savvy we parents may be, our kids are almost certainly a step or two ahead! But we don’t have to be online experts to make sure social media is fun and safe for our children.

Learn how to foster communication, provide guidelines, and set limits about social media with Washington School’s own Carrie Goldman. “How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy on Social Media,” the final session in our parent ed series, will focus particularly on how to help children be educated users of social media, and how to respond to cyberbullying.

Interpretation and child care will be provided.

Tuesday March 11 at 7 p.m. in Washington School’s library, 914 Ashland Ave, Evanston.



D65 Curriculum Forum: Science – Tues. Feb. 25

What are the standards, expectations and instructional approaches to teaching science in D65? How does the science curriculum consistently and systematically build upon each grade? How is technology being integrated into science instruction?  How will D65 curriculum align with the Next Generation Science Standards?

Come learn the answers to these and other questions you may have about D65’s Science curriculum next Tuesday evening, February 25th at 7 p.m. at Dewey Elementary School.

The evening will begin with a brief presentation about the elementary and middle school Science curriculum by Melanie Mudarth, D65 Science Curriculum Facilitator. There will be ample time devoted to questions and discussion.

The PTA Council is jointly sponsoring this event with D65. The forum is intended for all district parents and community members interested in learning more about D65 curriculum.

Dewey Elementary School is located at 1551 Wesley Avenue, between Lake and Davis Streets.

Mark your calendars for the last curriculum forum this year!

Wednesday, 3/26 – Social Studies, Willard Elementary School

Family Science Days – Feb. 15 & 16

Science for Everyone! Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists!

Family Science Days is free and hands-on fun for the whole family.
February 15-16, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Purple Level

This free community science showcase features hands-on demos, shows, and other activities appropriate for K-12 children and their families. The event features a broad range of educators and scientists promoting an interest in science among the general public.

CyberSafety Program for Parents – Tuesday, January 15

Sarah Migas, Internet Safety Specialist and Social Worker from the Illinois Attorney General Office on High Tech Crimes is presenting to parents: “Parents’ Guide on How to be Cyber Safe” — how to create a safe and supportive environment for our cyber savvy youth.  The presentation is organized by D65 Middle School and Magnet Librarians and will take place at Bessie Rhodes, 3701 Davis Street, Tuesday, January 15, 7:00-8:00pm.

Sarah Migas has been working with youth, schools and cyber safety for years and gives a very engaging presentation.

D65 Technology Town Hall – Jan. 9 & 10

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is in the process of updating its three-year technology plan (expires June 2013) and wants to hear ideas about the instructional and administrative technology that supports student achievement, state accountability, community values, and District needs.

Parents, guardians, community members, students, faculty, staff, administrators, local technology experts, curious onlookers, school board members, family, friends, neighbors, business professionals.

When and Where:
January 9th at 4:00 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.
Board Room, JEH Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston IL 60201

January 10th 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Early Childhood Gym, JEH Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston IL 60201

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