Electonic Arts Field Trip and MSCA Training @ SMCOE

December 13, 2007

We had a full day. 24 MSCA teachers from new sites participated in the information filled seminar/training session led by Juanita Croft and Jan Half. Newcomers from Half Moon Bay, (Cunha, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA) came, we had a large contingent from Woodside High School, two mentors from Modesto, two teachers from Taylor Middle School, Olinder and Willow Glen were present as well.

Before the training, Julie Wynn from Electronic Arts gave the teachers who were sponsored by IBM and EA a tour of the facility, and a chance to eat and shop at their cafeteria and store. The food was good and the shopping even better, they gave us hefty discounts we could not refuse.

We would like to thank the SMCOE for allowing us to host our MOUSE Squad of California training in their offices/computer lab in Redwood Shores.

MSCA Video goes on YouTube!

December 11, 2007

Please check out our video clip of MOUSE Squad of California 2006-2007. Most of the footage were taken during the June Summit at the Computer History Museum. This was created by Marci Barton, M.A. in Educational Technology student at San Jose State University.


December 1, 2007

Want to view photos of August-September 2007 MSCA sites?  Check this Flickr site!

Photos were taken by Risa  from New York on her last Training Program visit in October.


MyTechDesk HELP

November 2, 2007

For school sites who are interested in learning how to run a digital help desk, here is a hot tip:

Go to the MyTechDesk site and email them about wanting a tutorial for yor MOUSE Squad site.

They will get back to you and set up an online demonstration with you logging on to a site that they will email to you.

Over the phone and with a PC, the IT person at MyTechDesk will show you her screen and help you navigate the

online digital helpdesk through Citrix. My students had a chance to see first hand, how digital conferences can he held

and how online demonstrations can be held over the internet.


October 3 Training at KCI

September 30, 2007

MSCA is going to have a training session with NY MOUSE Squad trainors, get new materials for 2007-2008 programs. It will be held at KCI (Krause Center for Innovation) at Foothill College, on October 3, 2007 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Juanita Croft and Candy Bandong, program coordinators of MSCA will assist Jan Half, program director during the day long session.
Topics will cover the Implementation Guide, the Modules for Training in the e-learning site.

We hope to meet all our new participants this year!

KCI Training for MOUSE Squad Faculty Advisors/Instructors

August 13, 2007

As we prepare to start the new 2007-2008 school year, we are training the faculty advisors and instructors on how to have a MOUSE Squad class or after school program in place!  We will have an all day training and familiarization with the MOUSE Squad curriculum at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA.  We will target going through the 10 modules that are prescribed for students for them to be able to reach the Certification level.  It is always a privilege to meet the new schools and sites that are on board MOUSE Squad every year. 

Here is our AGENDA for August 15th. See you there!!!!

MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) Instructor/Faculty Advisor Training 
KCI Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM  

8:30 – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 AM Introductions of MSCA team and Instructors/Faculty
Jan Half, MSCA Program Director
Candy Bandong, Janette Adams, Bruce Hills, MSCA Program

Program Implementation – Jan
9:10 -9:20 AM Overview of MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading
Schools in Education) and MOUSE Squad program-pp. 5-8 – What is
MOUSE Squad? 5-minute MOUSE Squad Movie DVD

9:20 – 9:30 AM Goals and Objectives of MOUSE Squad – pp. 9-13
Customizing Goals and Objectives for your Squad Activity – pp. 12-13

9:30 – 9:40 AM Getting Started with MOUSE Squad -pp. 31-47
Determining Your Squads Support Services Activity on pp. 38-39
– Review Getting Started Checklist on p. 47
-Work with tech. staff (p. 31); Define Squad (p. 34); Determine
services (pp. 38-39); Recruit (p. 40); Educate colleagues (p. 44);
Certification (p. 45); Data (p. 46)
– Schedule your tasks on the MOUSE Squad calendar -“ Activity

9:40 â-9:50 AM Ongoing Responsibilities of Instructor/Faculty Advisor –
pp. 48-52
– Review Ongoing Responsibilities Checklist on p. 52
-Routine Maintenance/Special Projects; Data Collection; etc.

9:50 – 10:00 AM Instructor/Faculty Advisor Resources – pp. 53-62
– Teaching Techniques, Student Learning Styles handout; Working with

10:00 – 10:10 AM Overview of Curriculum and Certification – pp. 14 – 29
-MOUSE Squad Training Guide
– Student Guides: Modules 1-4 (Essentials), 5-10 (Tech Skills)
– Standards-Based Program – pp. 22 – 29; California Curriculum
Standards Alignment
– MOUSE Squad Certification for students – pp. 19-20 & pp. 64-70

10:10 – 10:40 AM E-Learning Registration, On-Line Site Assessment; BREAK
-Click MOUSE Squad Basics, and then click Help Desk.
– The MOUSE Squad Movie is the 2nd sublink; the Help Desk Tutorial is
the 1st Animation, MOUSE Squad Help Desk Tutorial
Log in to MOUSE Squad eLearning: www.mousesquad.org – Student Guide –
p.28 (Candy)
Do On-Line Site Assessment;


Curriculum Exploration and Activities – pp. 65-67- Candy, Janette, Bruce
10:40 – 11:00 AM MOUSE Squad Essentials: Module 1 – Candy – Forming a
Help Desk: Using
e-learning, The Wire, other resources – Student Guide pp. 7-33,
Training Guide pp. 11-35;
– Safety Guidelines Activity – Student Guide p. 22, Training Guide
pp. 24-25

11:00 – 11:20 AM MOUSE Squad Essentials: Module 2 –
-Trusted Technician
-Student Guide pp. 34-62, Training Guide pp. 36-62;
– Communication Activity – Student Guide p. 62, Training Guide pp. 59-61

11:20-11:40 AM MOUSE Squad Essentials: Module 3 – Candy – MOUSE
Methodology for Problem Solving and Troubleshooting – Student Guide
pp. 63-79, Training Guide pp. 63-76
– UMCHS Troubleshooting Process Activity – Student Guide pp. 74-75,
Training Guide pp. 71-74

11:40 AM – 12:20 PM MOUSE Squad Essentials: Module 4 – _______________-
Understanding Computers, Computer Users, & User Error – Student Guide
pp. 80-92, Training Guide pp. 77-86
– Computer Basics Activity –Student Guide- pp. 83-84, Training Guide
p. 78
-User Error Activity – Student Guide pp. 91-92, Training Guide p. 85

12:20 – 1:05 PM LUNCH BREAK

1:05 – 1:45 PM MOUSE Squad Skills Acquisition: Module 5 – Candy – Wired
& Wireless: Networking and Computer Mechanics Student Guide  pp.
93-114, Training Guide pp. 88-99
– Cable Activity – Student Guide pp. 105-106, Training Guide p. 92

1:45-2:15 PM MOUSE Squad Skills Acquisition: Module 6 ________-
Operating System, Software and Desktop – Student Guide pp. 115-131,
Training Guide pp. 101-111
– Instructors/Faculty Advisors Choose Activity

2:15 – 2:45 PM MOUSE Squad Skills Acquisition: Module 7 – Candy –
Configuration Basics: Managing Hardware & Peripherals  Student Guide
pp. 132-147, Training Guide pp. 112-119
 Instructors/Faculty Advisors Choose Activity

2:45 – 3:05 PM MOUSE Squad Skills Acquisition: Module 8 – Janette –
Software Programs to do the Job Student Guide pp. 148-157, Training
Guide pp. 120-125
 Instructors/Faculty Advisors Choose Activity

3:05 – 3:35 PM  MyTechDesk ticket management system – Janette Adams

3:35 –  3:55 PM MOUSE Squad Skills Acquisition: Module 9 – Candy –
Understanding Computer Hardware  Student Guide pp. 158-164, Training
Guide pp. 127-133
– Taking Computer Apart Activity  Student Guide pp. 163-164,
Training Guide pp. 131-132

3:55 -4:05 PM MOUSE Squad Skills Acquisition: Module 10 – __________ –
Laptops, Mobile Labs and CartsStudent Guide pp. 165-173, Training
Guide pp. 134-139
– Laptop Spills Activity – Student Guide p. 171, Training Guide p. 138

4:05 – 4:30  PM Wrap Up and Next Steps – Candy, Jan
 Access to Quizzes, Resources for certification, Student Assessments,
Useful Websites, Candy
 Purchasing T-shirts, clocks, totebags, and other MOUSE Squad
products, cafepress link
 Communicating with MOUSE, progcoor@ca.mousesquad.org,
 Training Evaluation, http://tinyurl.com/32ek2p,
 Next Steps


July 4, 2007

Welcome Rosemarie Dias, one of our new program coordinators who will job share with Candy Bandong this summer! Rosemarie has been involved with computer training and student tech support at Graham Middle School in Mountain View. Our MOUSE Squad program is going strong, and this summer we hope to be able to prepare the teachers for an exciting curriculum with the new student and faculty training guides from MOUSE Squad New York. On June 14th, we had a mini-training with 3 MOUSE Squad certified trainors at the former Fair Oaks Elementary School in Sacramento. Two teachers from Del Campo High School and two teachers from the Monterey Schools attended the all day training.

On board our MOUSE Squad of California growing staff this summer are Marci Barton, our graduate student intern from San Jose State University, specializing in standardization of written website information and Katie Cornejo, our new interim Volunteer Coordinator. We say happy trails to Edith Barr, our wonderful former volunteer coordinator who will work for RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers).

On June 28th, Mouse Squad student Daniel Brusilovsky thanked the Lions Clubs of San Mateo and Foster City for sponsoring Aragon High School students and providing the event sponsorship monies to pay for the musical talent that was featured during the MOUSE Squad Summit at the Computer History Museum last June 1st. Jan Half and Candy Bandong presented a certificate of appreciation to both clubs for their support last year.

We have new sites doing MOUSE Squad this summer, students at Monterey County Alternative Education at Rancho Cielo and summer students at Del Campo High School will be taking the course.

Teacher Training, SUMMIT and RECEPTION for Volunteers and Partners

June 8, 2007

Here are some cool ideas to involve kids in the new age of video podcasts: How about featuring the following?

How do we engage our students today? Watch this video before doing anything else!

Download: Posted by jsdt4 at TeacherTube.com.

Why teach technology?

Download: Posted by Dragon09 at TeacherTube.com.

We can try to also incorporate these videos to engage our audience, introduce new applications in mainstream technology:

1. Interview with Steve Wozniak about the new iPhone
Get teachers and students to be involved in the early days of computer mania, Steve Wozniak of the “dial a joke fame”. Points to ponder: Who were the pioneers of technology as we know it now?Whi is Steve Wozniak?Steve Wozniak bio

2. Helio phone commercial

In the next few days, the iPhone will be sold like hotcakes. Are there any competitors?

3. Tikibar tv with Kevin Rose in an episode

The fans of digg.com will know how new technorati are the “icons” in the podcast age.


Our June 1st at the Computer History Museum in Mt. View was a resounding success. We had our summit conference and volunteer reception featuring our faculty advisors and community partners. Students from Crittenden Middle School and Aragon High School were featured in the question and answer portion, Risa Sackman and Ted Bongiovanni flew from MOUSE Squad New York to do the teacher certification training.

Our event sponsors were Accenture, Robert Half Technology, The Computer History Museum and the Lions Club of San Mateo. Program sponsors this year were Xilinx, IBM, the Lions Clubs of Foster City and San Mateo and the Foster City Police Officers’ Association.

Download a podcast of this event in iTunes. Watch it on TeacherTube.

Plan on hearing Erin Gruwell after our Summit!

May 29, 2007

Silicon Valley Community Foundation generously sponsored 25 tickets for our MOUSE Squad Faculty advisors to be see Erin Gruwell, the Long Beach based teacher who wrote Freedom Writers’ Diary.  She will give a talk and book signing at Bayside Middle School Theater at 7:30 p.m. on June 1st 2007.  Her book was also made into a moving and eye opening film about how teachers can help empower under performing students though writing. Hilary Swank portrayed the novice teacher, she successfully inspired countless young, aspiring teachers to create opportunities for themselves to teach in a creative and impactful manner, to make a difference in students’ lives.

We would like to thank Geri Sullivan and Cindy Byrne of Bay Area Parent Magazine for making this sponsorship possible. This event will cap an afternoon of learning and inspiration!

MSCA Summit, Survey and Training

May 9, 2007

1. Faculty advisors and students are invited to:

What: Annual Spring Summit and Volunteer Recognition/Reception
When: Friday, June 1, 2007 from 12 Noon to 6:00 pm
Where: The Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
Please see the AGENDA below

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 810-1010


Please RSVP by May 21st, 2007 to stscoor@ca.mousesquad.org, jhalf@ca.mousesquad.org

It will be an opportunity for you and some of your MOUSE Squad CA Student Tech
Support students to share activities, videos, etc. with the other
sites, volunteers, and other program partners.

After our reception, you are all invited to hear Erin Gruwell, author of “Freedom Writers’ Diaries” will be speaking at Bayside Middle School

Bayside Performing Arts Center
2025 Kehoe Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94402
  [map it!]

7:30pm on June 1st 2007. We encourage you to come and hear in person the teacher who the critically acclaimed movie Freedom Writers. Erin Gruwell inspired 150 teens to use writing to change themselves and the world around them. Booksigning to follow.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Students. Proceeds to benefit Borel Middle School. You may purchase tickets ahead of time by going online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/11294

2. If you haven’t filled out the online Faculty Advisor survey that was due last April25th, there has been an extension date, May 21st, 2007! Please take literally 15 minutes only to complete this for our MOUSE Squad database. Here are two ways to get to it.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=518583145414 or

a raffle prize will be awarded to those who submit their surveys.

3. Instructors and Faculty advisors who would wish to be certified MOUSE Squad Trainers can signify their intention to be trained by
Ted Bongiovanni and Risa Stackman who will come out from New York! Please email us if you would want to be certified. The one and a half day training will be held at:

Aragon High School, May 31, 2007 8:00-4:30 pm (900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94402)
Computer History Museum, June 1, 2007 8:00- 12:00 (1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043)