Infosys Foundation USA and Mouse Provide Free Emergency Virtual Training for Teachers Nationwide
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Infosys Foundation USA and Mouse, a national youth development nonprofit that empowers students to use technology as a force for good, today announced a new free program to provide remote learning training for teachers nationwide. Registration is open at www.mouse.org/Pathfinders
Teachers will have access to 18 professional development sessions or modules via Google Meet, and will receive detailed training on Google applications that can be leveraged for remote learning, including Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Classroom and Coding with Google CS First. The trainings are being offered free as part of Pathfinders Online Institute, an online learning platform provided by the Infosys Foundation USA.
“It is critical that teachers feel comfortable and confident using remote learning tools, as we continue to face challenges presented by COVID-19” said Kate Maloney, executive director of the Infosys Foundation USA. “This collaboration will provide K-12 teachers across the country with technical training to meet the new virtual instruction demands of their classrooms and help their students thrive.”
This program will be made available for the remainder of October. The program is open to all K-12 teachers throughout the United States. Registration is open at www.mouse.org/Pathfinders
“Infosys Foundation USA and Mouse understand the important role that remote learning will play in education this school year and for the next generation of extraordinary teachers” said Larry Lieberman, chief executive officer of Mouse. “Our partnership is driven by our joint commitment to provide the best online and computer science training to teachers serving schools with limited resources.”
About Infosys Foundation USA
Infosys Foundation USA was established in 2015 with the mission of expanding computer science and maker education to K-12 students and teachers across the United States, with a specific focus on increasing access to underrepresented communities. The Foundation achieves impact through delivering professional development programs for teachers, partnering with leading nonprofits, and delivering innovative media campaigns that inspire everyone to be creators, not just consumers, of technology.
Mouse was founded in 1997 by entrepreneur, Andrew Rasiej and Founding Executive Director, Sarah Holloway. Along with leaders from the ‘high tech’ community in New York City, Mouse spearheaded the process of wiring public schools for Internet access in New York City. Mouse’s first project brought over 200 volunteers together to wire Andrew Rasiej’s neighborhood high school, Washington Irving High School. In order to coordinate volunteer efforts, Andrew created a registration database matching his volunteers' varied skills with schools needing particular assistance. This database marked the birth of Mouse, an organization that has served over 170,000 students since 1997.
For many years, Mouse pioneered innovative school programs in support of its mission: to be a catalyst for the effective integration of technology in teaching and learning in urban public schools, empowering students and schools to succeed in today's knowledge-based economy. Mouse's two main programs were Mouse Squad, a student-driven technical support help desk program that addresses the technology needs of elementary, middle and high schools; 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.
Today, Mouse designs computer science and STEM curriculum on its online learning platform, Mouse Create; trains K-12 educators; and engages students through the Design League program and events at the Mouse Creative Computing Lab.