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MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up on February 12: MOUSE Squad for Students with Special Needs

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February's Digital Meet-Up will focus on adapting MOUSE Squad for students with special needs.

Do you work with students who have special needs? Do you have questions about adapting MOUSE Squad, or successes and best practices to share with the network? Then this meet-up is for you!

Check out the recording of this meet-up below, or view it on YouTube! You can also click here to see an online notepad with notes and resources from the discussion.

This Meet-Up will be led by Mary Bozzone, MOUSE Squad Coordinator for the Gateway Academy Squad at P256Q in New York City. Along with a few of her students, Mary will share out some of the projects her students have worked on, and the best practices she has developed for using MOUSE Squad curricula and projects in her work with students who have special needs.

Mary and her students have accomplished a lot during their years in MOUSE Squad! Among other things, they have presented projects at the Emoti-Con! NYC Youth Digital Media and Technology Challenge (and won the prize for Most Innovative project there in 2012!), and you can check out their win for MOUSE Squad of the Year 2011 here.

UPDATE: We will also be hearing from Erna Hernandez-Barenio, who has been the MOUSE Squad Coordinator at P.S. 255Q for several years!

Details for the February 12th MOUSE Squad Digital Meet-Up

  • WHEN: The live meet-up will be held at 4pm EST on Wednesday, February 12th.
  • 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 watch the meet-up via live streaming on YouTube (you just won't be able to join the conversation). To watch the live stream, fill out the form below--you'll get an email shortly before the meet-up begins with a link to view.
  • 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.

Spring Team Training is February 1st!

Team Training is back!

Sign up HERE for Spring Team Training!

Couldn't make it to Team Training this Fall? Well, you're in luck, because we're offering Team Training again this Spring! Our second Team Training of the year will be February 1st, 2014 at the Hudson High School of Learning Technologies! In this full-day training for NYC MOUSE Squads, coordinators and students engage in 4 hands-on workshops designed to set squads up for success at your school: Hardware, Networking, Web-Operations & Leadership.

Want to know more? Check this out:


  • Saturday, February 1st: 9 AM - 4:15 PM


Hudson High School of Learning Technologies: 351 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

To Do:

Every student who attends should have handed in a permission form to their MOUSE Squad Coordinator.

More About Team Training:

Our MOUSE Squad Team Trainings start students and coordinators with the basics. Together, whole squads learn how systems work, how people work together effectively to overcome challenges, see projects through to completion, and innovate with creative solutions that capitalize on the passion and knowledge of the group.

At Team Training, Students will:

  • Practice key leadership skills through exciting team challenges
  • Learn the basic principles of computer networks
  • Gain the fundamental knowledge needed to identify, assemble, and replace key hardware, and learn how it works by first breaking it apart
  • Explore all the exciting tools that has to offer!
  • Have fun!

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Lunch, snacks, and two-fare Metrocards will be provided for all attendees. Team Training is the best introduction to MOUSE Squad a student could hope for! We can't wait to see you there.

Register here!

Please register by Wednesday, January 22nd!
Note that all workshops are conducted in English, please let us know if your squads have language needs though we will not be able to provide translation.

Game Jam at BrainPOP! (with Global Kids)

BrainPOP wants to know what you think of the ideas they're working on!

We’re offering two opportunities to participate in a special Game Jam at BrainPOP, where you will get to learn what professional Game Designers do behind the scenes!

Ten elite MOUSE Squad students will get a special chance to go inside BrainPOP headquarters and find out how they make games for their site. You'll get a peek inside BrainPOP's design process and get a chance to give your input on new games!

You'll also get to meet students from MOUSE's friends at Global Kids and talk to real professional game designers! Think you might be interested in working in games? Find out what it's really like!

WHEN: Either Wednesday, 1/8 OR Wednesday, 1/15
brainpop_location.pngWHERE: 71 W 23rd St. in Manhattan (by 6th Av.) Take the F/M, 1, N/R, or 6 trains to 23rd St.
WHAT TIME: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
WHY: Learn about how real game designers work and get a behind the scenes look into how BrainPOP makes their games!
TO DO: Please make sure that all your students have filled out this permission slip and this other permission slip.
Snacks and one round trip metro card will be provided.

Be sure to register soon because space is extremely limited. We only have space for 10 students in total each day. In addition to registering online you will need to confirm your attendance the week of the event.

Click here to register!