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Mouse Create Conference -- Friday, October 28

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We’ve renamed Coordinator-Con to celebrate the launch of our new learning platform!

The Mouse Create Conference is a full day of professional development for Mouse Educators from NYC and beyond. The day features hands-on workshops led by Mouse staff; opportunities to brainstorm, collaborate, and network with new and experienced Mouse Educators; and a catered lunch!

When: Friday, October 28, 2016, from 9am-3:30pm
Where: Teach For America's office, 25 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10004

Click here to learn more and sign up or fill out the form below!

Mouse Create has arrived!

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What is Mouse Create? What happened to mousesquad.org?

The moment has finally arrived! Mouse is currently moving all of our curriculum to Mouse Create, our new learning platform which is replacing mousesquad.org. Mouse Create is an online learning platform for youth to create technology with purpose. Our hands-on, interactive projects include everything from web literacy and fixer skills, to innovative content areas, like electronics, coding, game design and green technology.

Mouse Create has launched with 100+ projects in 20+ competency areas. We are also partnering with Credly to issue new digital badges for each competency area.

Projects
Projects on Mouse Create have a step-by-step interface similar to the specialist activities on mousesquad.org. Sixty percent of the projects on Mouse Create are activities from our existing curriculum that have been updated for both this new step-by-step format and to keep current with the latest technology and digital tools. The other 40% of the projects on Mouse Create are completely new for the 2016 - 2017 school year and will cover more up-to-date technology competencies in areas like software and networking, along with introducing curriculum on 2D Design, 3D Design and Human Centered Design.

Educator Codes and Groups
Joining Mouse Create:

If you are a current Mouse member site, you should have received your Educator Code for Mouse Create via email. If you were a Mouse member last year but have not yet renewed your membership for the 2016 - 2017 school year please reach out to info@mouse.org.

If you renewed your membership but have not received your site’s Educator Code, check your email spam filter for an email with the subject “Your Educator Code for Mouse Create”. If you did not receive the email, reach out to help@mouse.org with your name, and the name of your school or organization and we will get back to you ASAP.

Playlist
Each Group on Mouse Create will have a customizable Playlist of projects created by the Educators in the group. Learners on Mouse Create will be able to work through the playlist throughout the year, or do one-off projects on their own or in small groups. Educators and Learners can filter projects through tags about competency areas, time limits and skills.

Transitioning from Mousesquad.org
Mousesquad.org will be available until December 1 to help sites transition to Mouse Create.

You and the learners at your site will need to create new accounts for Mouse Create. Because of technical changes to accounts on Mouse Create, and updated curriculum, neither existing user accounts nor old badges from mousesquad.org will transfer to Mouse Create. Mouse will be supporting all sites through the Fall in making new accounts on Mouse Create, and learning to use the new platform.

Be Part of the Games for Change Student Challenge!

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Great news! Mouse is excited to announce that this fall, we're teaming up with Games for Change to offer professional development in “serious game design” for your classroom!

serious games student.jpgApply now to teach your students how to make games about real-world social issues! 20 NYC public school teachers will be selected to receive professional development training to run a game design course in their classrooms during the 2016–2017 school year, as part of a national game design challenge hosted by Games for Change.

Teachers will learn how to implement Mouse's Serious Games curriculum, and empower their students will to use the design process to create games about civic issues affecting their communities. Teachers will be trained in September, and courses launch in schools in October 2016. Participating students will be encouraged to submit their final games to the Student Challenge competition in April 2017.

Apply by August 12 to be considered for program: http://bit.ly/TeacherApplication_NYC

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For all questions email alex@mouse.org.

Mouse Squad is a program of Mouse. 55 Broad Street, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10004 646-574-6446, help@mousesquad.org