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August 19, 2020

Mouse Trains 300+ CS Teachers Online during Summer 2020

Traditionally, summer is a time when educators become students again and summer 2020 is no different -- just digital!

Mouse spent the summer online training teachers and engaging students with partners like Infosys Foundation USA, Code.org, the NYC Department of Education, Google, Verizon, Per Scholas and over 300 K-12 educators from across the country.

Starting in mid-July, Mouse facilitated two courses at the 2020 Infosys Pathfinders Summer Institute held virtually for a week. Our Scratch Creative Computing workshop prepared educators to teach Scratch programming and help students create computational media projects like animations, stories, and games. Mouse’s Video Creator workshop prepared educators to understand and equip students with the basic skills and insights needed to navigate today’s multimedia landscape. Some teachers from this workshop plan on teaching stand-alone technology classes, but others are planning to integrate projects into subject areas like math, English, history, and art.

Over 50 educators joined Code.org professional development run by Mouse facilitators virtually in July and August. Our Code.org AP CS Principles summer workshop featured one week of computer science content and pedagogy to prepare educators to introduce high school students to the foundational concepts of computer science. Our Code.org CS Discoveries workshop introduced middle and high school educators to a computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with CS as a medium for creativity, communication, and problem solving. Mouse will continue supporting these teachers with virtual quarterly Saturday sessions so they can continue to build more skills and learn from one another.

Mouse is proud to partner with the New York City Department of Education’s Computer Science For All (CS4All) Initiative since the program launched in 2015. This August, we trained teachers in Scratch Creative Computing, Code.org’s CS Discoveries, and Exploring Computer Science for CS4All’s annual Summer Institute. These courses will engage thousands of youth in computational thinking and problem solving with a focus on reaching Latinx, Black, and female students. We will continue to support these educators during 7 Saturday sessions throughout the year.

In partnership with the NYC DOE’s Department of Information and Instructional Technology and Google For Education, Mouse has trained more than 6,000 teachers since March in online teaching methods with Google Classroom and Suite. These workshops are generously supported by Google For Education to help NYC teachers learn essential skills for online, blended, and hybrid learning this year.

In addition to other educator PDs with partners like Per Scholas, Mouse has been working with NSF iCT project team members from Michigan State University to create a cross-curricular Microcredential for middle school CS teachers. Educators, regardless of subject matter will be able to see more ways to implement computational thinking into their classrooms.

Thank you to all the educators who’ve spent their summers learning with Mouse. We are looking forward to hearing about all the lessons you’ve planned for your students this upcoming academic year!

If you are interested in bringing any of these workshops to a region near you, let us know by filling out the Mouse PD Interest Form!

Individual educators can find scheduled PD sessions for the year at mouse.org/events or on the DIIT Remote Calendar for NYC DOE teachers looking for online learning training.

Read about Mouse’s Summer 2020 activities with youth here.

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