I spent Saturday November 13th at a MOUSE Squad Team Training event. New York City students from different middle schools and high schools spent the day learning technology and leadership skills to kick start their own MOUSE Squad at their schools. These students, guided by the school’s MOUSE Squad coordinator and MOUSE, will provide technical support services to their schools.
“MOUSE is an innovative youth development organization that empowers under served students to provide technology support and leadership in their schools, supporting their academic and career success.” To learn more about the impact that MOUSE can have with your school and students visit: http://mouse.org/about-mouse/impact
This is my second time working with MOUSE to provide Team Training to students and I continue to enjoy it. I have the pleasure of working with the enthusiastic staff of MOUSE and students that love learning enough to spend a Saturday with us!
My Team Training partner and I had a great time running the Networking Workshop and meeting all the new MOUSE Squads. In our workshop students learned about network topology and network devices while staying true to the MOUSE method of having fun!
Having attended public school and taught at a public school for a short time I can understand how MOUSE is a good fit for schools and students. Technical support departments in the schools are often understaffed and unable to meet the needs of all the teachers and students. The sum of these small tech issues can ruin a lesson for a teacher or prevent students from having access to a resource. Having a MOUSE Squad at a school can help to alleviate the tech issues that surround the school day. Though the MOUSE Squad provides a valuable service to the school, it is what MOUSE brings to students that really matters: improved confidence and sense of responsibility.
Starting a local MOUSE Squad at your school will not only reduce technology support costs, but students will also learn plenty and develop the unarguably necessary technology and problem solving skills to be successful students.
Chris Leung, MSEd is a New York State certified teacher and helps keep all the systems running at Tutor.com.