April, 2018 – BMCC Faculty Symposium: Techno | Cultures in the 21st Century

Interdisciplinary panels will share timely research on the destructive realities of technology, the potential of new media and social media, and roles of narrative, identity and the self in the 21st century.

Guest speakers Becca Lewis and Marc Lesser will speak following lunch.

Becca Lewis is a Researcher at the Media Manipulation Initiative, Data & Society Research Institute.

Marc Lesser is Senior Director, Learning Design, Mouse, Youth Services Fellow at CUNY and Producer of “No Such Thing” Podcast.

* No Such Thing, Episode 29: Media Manipulation and the Online Far-Right

The 3:59 is celebrating its 359th podcast episode today

On Wednesday, our special edition will last 3 hours and 59 minutes, in honor of our typical 3 minute and 59 second daily podcast. We’ve also partnered with the nonprofit Mouse, which focuses on science and tech education, for the show. Plus, we’ll have a bunch of CNET reviewers swinging by to talk about the latest in tech.

* C|Net News

2017 Badge Summit Preview: Interview with Marc Lesser

Marc will be presenting at the 2017 Badge Summit about an exciting partnership that is creating college admissions opportunities to Badge earning students. He has also been a part of the awesome curator team that has collaborated to shape this year’s conference. I caught up with Marc this week to get his takes and preview for the 2017 Badge Summit.

* Noah Geisel, Medium

May 18, 2017 Best Buy, CBS EcoMedia, Gale A. Brewer, and Marc Lesser Honored at Mouse’s New York City Benefit.

New York, NY – National youth development nonprofit Mouse ( celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Mouse20: Powering Change benefit on Tuesday, May 9th in New York City. Mouse empowers youth to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in the world. Since its founding in 1997, Mouse has impacted nearly 40,000 youth across the nation.

* Ground Report

Metro: Education, June 23, 2016 – Young NYC gamers are using technology for good, not evil

That’s a pretty reductive assessment, suggests Marc Lesser, senior director of learning design at Mouse, a NYC-based youth program with a mission to use video games, and technology in general, as a “force of good.”

* Metro: Education, June 23, 2016

November 21, 2016: Is everything equal in technology and learning?

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.

*  LittleBits Blog

2012 HASTAC Award: Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition

The Mozilla Foundation and HASTAC, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, have awarded nearly to $2 million in grants for the innovative use of badges—a new assessment tool used to identify skills developed in all kinds of learning environments.

*  MOUSE Awarded $100,000 as Winner of HASTAC Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition
*  Digital Badges Would Represent Students’ Skill Aquisition: Education Week, Digital Directions

National School Boards Association “20-to-Watch!”

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has named its “20 to Watch” honors for 2011-2012. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for promoting the incorporation of innovative technology into high-quality classroom learning and school district operations…[read more].

*  Congratulations to Marc Lesser, NSBA “20-to-Watch”: Mozilla’s Hive Learning Network Blog

Emoti-Con! NYC Youth Digital Media & Technology Festival

Emoti-Con is a festival for young makers who apply their skills and big ideas to the pressing issues in their global, and local communities, and is the largest event showcasing youth-driven digital media and technology innovation across non-formal learning programs in New York City. Building on the huge success of the initial festival in 2009, Emoti-Con has been developed through a unique grass-roots collaboration amongst a small number of NYC youth-serving organizations (MOUSE, Global Kids, the New York Public Library, and Parsons The New School for Design) to address the need for cross-institutional collaboration and provide the much needed face-to-face venue for youth to get offline and connect through their common identity as youth media producers and technologists.

*  Emoti-Con!: Digital Learning Comes to NYC: PhilanTopic – Philanthropy News Digest

*  After School, New York City Youth Design Technology for a Better World: MacArthur’s Spotlight! Digital Media and Learning

Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Interactive 

From the TFI Blog: In our latest video from TFI Interactive — the all day-event our New Media Fund headed with the help of the Ford Foundation dedicated to inspire content creators — we watch moderator Chris Lawrence (Project Director of The Hive NYC, Mozilla Foundation) along with panelists Marc Lesser (Education Director, Mouse) and Jess Klein (Hackasaurus Design and Learning Lead, Mozilla Foundation) discuss the new era of education where the tech-savvy who understand programming have plugged their talents into education with the hopes of teaching the next generation how to program instead of being programmed.