About Mouse Squad
MouseSquad.org is a members-only website supporting the Mouse squad program.
An innovative youth development program, Mouse Squad prepares and supports students in establishing and managing leading edge technical support help desks in their schools. Mouse Squad improves a school’s ability to use technology to enhance learning, while also providing a powerful, hands-on 21st century learning experience for students.
Why Mouse Squad?
Today's knowledge economy demands a new kind of learning environment. For educators -- schools, community organizations, and parents -- our responsibility is to shape opportunities for youth that help build the skills, ideas, and attitudes to help them succeed in work and life.
Young people face more daunting criteria for success than ever before. Work requires employees who can effectively use technology for productivity, information analysis, communication, and all facets of creative work. But perhaps more daunting is the reality that success follows skills like these only when individuals are as savvy with leadership, collaboration, and interpersonal skills. To prepare students for success, our schools must offer frameworks that not only integrate technology into the teaching and learning process, but model environments where work and life skills are seen just as critical as hard skills.
This is where Mouse Squad comes in. Mouse Squad is a cost-effective solution to the problem of inadequate levels of on-site support in schools and the need to serve the 21st century educational needs of students. Rather than looking outside the school community to create the basic level of computer troubleshooting and maintenance support needed to assist teachers in their work to integrate technology into teaching and learning, Mouse Squad draws upon the motivation, skills, and abilities of any school’s greatest resources – its students.
Mouse Squad provides upper-elementary, middle, and high school students with opportunities to develop 21st century skills and apply them as they solve technical problems faced by their schools. The program, modeled on industry-standard help desks in business and industry, prepares and supports participants in the cultivation of technical and leadership skills needed for success in all work environments.
The Mouse Squad program:
- Broadens the learning and "life opportunities" of youth by providing authentic hands-on experiences that build skills and the motivation to succeed in school and life
- Supports effective practices in learning with technology for educators and inspire innovation in the classroom
- Provides a student-centered solution to the technical support crisis facing public schools.
To learn more about bringing the Mouse Squad program to your school, district or organization, please click here.
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Mouse is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates technology-based opportunities that motivate underserved students to succeed in today’s information society. Mouse's three main programs are Mouse Squad, a student-driven technical support help desk program that addresses the technology needs of elementary, middle and high schools; MouseCORPS, a youth development program designed to support the growth of leadership and career readiness for students through opportunities like advanced training, Job Shadowships, College Bound workshops, and Experiential Learning Projects (ELP); and TechSource, a research and policy initiative that provides information and leadership around critical education and technology issues facing urban districts with the ultimate goal of increasing the quality and pervasiveness of effective technology usage in public schools. Together, these initiatives support 21st century learning communities for public school students and teachers.