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Announcing: First Ever Cohort of the MOUSE & Mozilla Webmaker Summer Institute!

Thank you to the many MOUSE educators who submitted thoughtful, high-quality proposals for this unique opportunity - we were overwhelmed by the positive response and interest. Our team carefully reviewed every application, working to build a balanced cohort of squads from across the national network with diverse demographics and tech experience levels. Without further ado, congratulations to the following MOUSE Squad educators who have been selected to join us in NYC this July for the first ever MOUSE & Mozilla Webmaker Summer Institute:

  • Aletta Sauer @ South Fork Junior/Senior High School in Miranda, CA
  • Ashleigh Jensen @ Kuna Middle School in Kuna, Idaho
  • Ben Badurina @ Lewis and Clark School in Bronx, NY
  • Christine Lee @ PS 89 Cypress Hills Community School in Brooklyn, NY
  • Dannah Steele @ Normandy School District in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Iris Clyne @ MOUSE Squad of California
  • Joel Lederer @ High School for Language and Diplomacy in New York, NY
  • Katina Krekoukis @ David A. Boody IS 228 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Kimberely Boyd @ Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, IL
  • Lou Lahana @ The Island School in New York, NY
  • Patti Elfers-Wygand & Lori Stahl-Van Brackle @ Halsey Junior High School in Rego Park, NY
  • Suprabha Malhar & Adrian Sookchan @ Academy for Language and Technology in Bronx, NY

About the Institute:

MOUSE and Mozilla are joining forces to ready a Webmaking movement in schools across the US. The Webmaker Summer Institute is a 2-day intensive PD event for a selected cohort of MOUSE Coordinators, who - along with their team of Webmaker youth - will become Webmaker evangelists for their school community in the fall.


In 15 years working at the intersection of learning and technology, MOUSE has seen - and been an influencing part of - the field’s evolving obsession with “new literacies” emerging from the tools, practices, and culture of digital life. The Web, however, has long outlived mere faddism and yet the field of education has done little to help frame it’s tools, practices, and culture as a legitimate domain to help educators and learners focus on building critical skills and competencies. No group of educators is better prepared to help further the mission of building web literacies than the Coordinators of MOUSE’s program network.
The Web Literacy Standard is a map of competencies and skills that Mozilla, MOUSE and a large community of stakeholders believe are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web. Go to for more info on the Teach the Web movement.

MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up on April 8: Social Media Projects for Your Squad!

You can see the recording of the April Digital Meet-Up below, or click here to view directly on YouTube. (Until the edits kick in, the video starts at 1:17.) You can also click here to see notes from the session, including links to resources.

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April's Digital Meet-Up will focus on integrating social media projects into your MOUSE Squad's work!

This Meet-Up will be led by K.C. Boyd, the Coordinator for the Phillips MOUSE Squad at Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago. K.C. has pioneered some great social media projects at Phillips, from the @PhillipsHSBTP Twitter feed, which features school announcements and national news curated by her Behind the Paws student media team, to student-populated Pinterest boards on topics including women's history and Phillips-related news.

Do you have experience using social media with your MOUSE Squad, or planning student projects around social media? We hope you'll join us and add to the conversation!

Details for the April 8th MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up

  • WHEN: The live meet-up will be held at 5pm EST on Tuesday, April 8th.
  • HOW DO I JOIN?: This meet-up will be held over Google On-Air. Fill out the short registration form below, and you'll get an email shortly before the meet-up begins with a link to join via your Google+ account.
  • WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A GOOGLE PLUS ACCOUNT? You can create one here, or you can come back to this post and the YouTube livestream will be embedded above (you just won't be able to join the conversation). Please fill out the registration form below to get a reminder email before we begin.
  • WHAT ELSE? If you can't join us during the meet-up you'll be able to watch a recording later on YouTube. This post will be updated with the link to the recording after it's over.
  • Remind me--what's a MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up?

    Starting in Fall 2013, MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Ups will be held most months during the school year. At each Meet-Up, you'll have the chance to hear a featured MOUSE Squad Coordinator and their students talk about the work they're doing, how they run their Squad, and the best practices they've uncovered for tackling great projects at their site. Many meet-ups will also feature a focused discussion on a theme of general interest, either tied directly to MOUSE Squad or related more generally to tech-ed, public education, digital media, etc.

    For new MOUSE Squad Coordinators, these meet-ups will be a great opportunity to hear from experienced Coordinators and begin to plan for your new Squad. For both new and experienced Coordinators, we hope that these meet-ups will be a forum for you to network with colleagues across the country, collect new project ideas, troubleshoot challenges in your Squad, and more.

    Click here to see Wire posts that include recordings of past Meet-Ups.

MOUSE Squad: The Movie -- And the award goes to . . .

March MicroProject Winners!

The March challenge was to use Webmaker remix a Thimble movie poster. We were really impressed by all of the movie ideas in the submissions and wish that all of the posters were for real movies we could go see!

Our Grand Prize

Earning the MicroProject Winner Badge and a $60 gift card to Best Buy for their squad is kidshadow from BCCP Electro Wizzards in Brooklyn, NY. Kidshadow impressed us with an interesting black background, impressive quotes and an exciting premise! What would you do if your MOUSE Squad had to save the whole internet? Kidshadow's project earned creativity and technical wins and we agree that it is a great poster. Congratulations!


Check out kidshadow's project!

Our First Runner Up

Our first runner up, and winner of a RadioShack DIY Kit, is manjot the Fatpotatoforever_ from the Bulldogs MOUSE Squad at Achieve Charter Academy in Canton, MI. We loved manjot's color scheme and electric background. The tagline "Just when you thought that the computer wouldn't be fixed" gives us hope that MOUSE Squads everywhere are fixing problems other technicians might have given up on!


Check out manjot's poster!

Our Second Runner Up

Also receiving a RadioShack DIY Kit is Ahmad786 from perennial contenders Wagner Middle School in New York, NY. Ahmad earned inspiration wins for their project and we were also inspired by the futuristic idea.


Check out Ahmad's project!

Honorable Mentions

We would like to give an honorable mention to limabeansandwalnuts from FRS MOUSE Squad at Fernando Rivera Intermediate School in Daly City, CA. We can't wait to find out the secrets!

Check out limabeansandwalnuts' project!

Shout out for Wins!

It's not too late to give out Wins to your favorite MicroProject entries! Give wins for creativity, technical know-how or inspiration. Click here to check out all the school designs that were submitted!
This month we'd like to shout out mmlanda for giving an awesome inspiration win to one of our runner ups!


When you see someone make a cool MicroProject submission, let them know what they did a great job by giving them a win! Thanks for giving such a great win mmlanda!

Thank you to Coordinators and students who participated and submitted such awesome projects! We are looking forward to seeing many more of them in the future. Be sure to check out our next project: The DIY Project!