Too often today, young people all across the country don’t have access to the mentors, technology, and leadership opportunities needed to learn invaluable skills for 21st century careers. That’s why we were so honored to have Marc Lesser of Mouse join us to discuss youth empowerment, equity, badges, and learning pathways. Mouse is an organization that makes learning and creating with technology accessible to all students, no matter their race, gender, or background. Marc discusses how “badging” – digital badges that indicate mastery over a skill – through platforms such as Credly allow young people to demonstrate their knowledge beyond their test scores. He talks about Emoti-con! a yearly digital innovation festival organized by young people for young people in New York City. It gives them a space show off work they’ve created in a real-world context, meet each other, and exchange stories with college students and experts.
If you are an educator or mentor, watch this video and join the conversation. It will change the way you think about how we learn and how we show what we know to others.
You can’t be what you can’t see.
~ Marian Wright Edelman
More about Marc
Marc is an experienced specialist in the fields of education, technology, and youth development with broad experience designing programming and learning spaces in local and national learning contexts. Since March of 2008, Marc directs the design and development of web-based and live learning environments for Mouse’s national program network. His experience designing learning environments is shaped by previous roles as an educator, trainer, and specialist in the area of arts, media, and technology education. Marc holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s Digital Media Design for Learning program, is the co-founder of Emoti-Con! NYC’s Youth Digital Media and Technology Festival, and in 2012 was named a National School Boards Association “20-to-Watch” among national leaders in education and technology.
More about Mouse
Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. They empower all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. They are committed to creating more diversity in STEM, and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.
Sr. Manager, Learning + Engagement