On May 2nd, at the 4th Annual Educators Conference announced the new MOUSE Squads of the Year.
Eight Faculty Advisors were honored for their incredible work as well as that of their MOUSE Squads in the 2007 - 2008 school year.
Here are the winners:
MOUSE Squads of the Year 2008
W.C. Bryant High School
I.S. 49 Berta Dreyfus
High School Runners Up
Phoenix Military Academy of Chicago
John Hope College Prep HS of Chicago
Best New MOUSE Squad
Bard High School Early College
Middle School Runners Up
I.S. 528 Bea Fuller Rodgers
Bronx Writing Academy
Best New MOUSE Squad
Eli Whitney Middle School
Why They Won
W.C. Bryant High School Highlights
Bryant has demonstrated outstanding performance as a MOUSE Squad high school. This Squad has improved the overall administration of their high school by creating digital Teacher Rating Forms, replacing a time intensive paper-based system teacher’s use. The Bryant Squad has serviced over 260 tickets and completed projects ranging from web design to computer lab building. Congratulations to Principal Chris Pellettieri, Faculty Advisor Katherine Flori and all of the students in the William C. Bryant High School MOUSE Squad program for the valuable contributions you make in your school every day.
Berta A. Dreyfus Highlights
Berta Dreyfus has demonstrated outstanding performance as a middle school MOUSE Squad. o This Squad has not only managed ticket requests and special projects for their school at IS 49, but they have gone above and beyond by providing services for neighboring schools. At PS 57, the IS 49 Squad provided mobile services to administration and has saved the school money by finding alternative hardware vendors online. Congratulations to Principal Linda Hill, Faculty Advisor Matthew Valia and all of the members of the Berta Dreyfus School MOUSE Squad for the valuable contributions you make in your school every day.
As prizes, MOUSE Squads of the Year and runners up receive a combination of award plaques, gift cards, movie passes, flash drives and pizza parties.
The MOUSE Squad at Davis Senior High School created this short film to demonstrate how they changed a life. I dare say, it's lots of fun.
We're happy to host and post other videos and materials. Check out the post on Creative Commons to avoid copyright headaches.
Hats off to the Squad at DHS for job well done.
Podcamp is a growing phenomenon. Media-makers from all over the globe are organizing "un-conferences" in cities near you where, in unison with the "consumers as producers" phenomenon, conference participants are the presenters. Topics, therefor, are whatever you envision them to be. From latest research on social media networks to soup-to-nuts how-to's, you can create whatever strand suits you within the growing world of networked, home-brewed media.
I had the pleasure of attending this year's Podcamp, NYC, at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute today, and want be sure to relay to the greater MOUSE community what an important opportunity these conferences present. First off, they're FREE! If the pricepoint doesn't get you, then envision MOUSE students running workshops for a national audience on the topic of their choice. Through conversation, it became abundantly clear how much this community itches to see and hear about practical ways that these modes of creating and consuming can impact the lives and practice of students and educators like ours. The call to action: look out for Podcamps in cities close to your squad - think seriously about all of the projects and products you and your teams have to share with this community and don't be shy about presenting a session. The audience at these events are incredibly supportive and, like us, have so much to learn from our students.
Find the short description of Podcamp, NYC below, or check out a link to this year's conference site.
Podcamp NYC is an “unconference” focused on educating participants on how to use, implement and share any/all new media tools including, podcasts, videocasts, blogs, Second Life, Facebook, and YouTube. The conference is FREE to attend and you’re a “participant” versus an “attendee” at our event. You also make our conference happen since you register to speak. You can talk about anything you want as long as it focuses on new media.