It isn’t enough to teach children to be consumers of information technology, one school is teaching them to be middle school information technology experts. When they want to call in the IT team, they call the Mouse Squad, the student tech whizzes.
At Valley View Middle school, a group of 22 tech savvy seventh and eighth graders are the information technology experts on campus. They function just like real IT professionals, picking up computer generated help request on the Mouse Squad website,. They fix the problems, and document what they did in a write up afterward.
“It feels really good,” said eighth-grader Francis Pham, who is the squad captain. “It’s like you’re saving the day.”
Once a week, the students meet at lunchtime with their computer teacher, Shauna Hawes. She was able to utilize grants to help pay for the schools membership in the statewide organization. The aim is to interest students in tech careers and encourage girls and minorities to join.