Back to School with Mouse Mischief

Everything’s new at the beginning of the school year—classmates, classrooms, teachers, schedules, grade, content, maybe even the school. That can make everybody a little nervous. How you start a new school year can influence how your year progresses, so you want to make sure you get off to a good start. Mouse Mischief can help…

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From KWGN in Denver, CO: "New Microsoft Software is Helping Kids Learn"

Nina Sparano, Technology Reporter for KWGN in Denver, did a wonderful back to school piece on Mouse Mischief. Excerpt and video below. “As tens of thousands of Colorado kids prepare to head back to the classroom, educators are preparing their curriculum. Our world becomes more digitally connected and teachers are adjusting their lesson plans to…

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New to Mouse Mischief?

Mouse Mischief is an exciting new classroom tool that is available as a free download to Office 2010 and 2007 users. Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, and it enables you to insert interactive, multiple-mouse slides into your lessons that many students can participate in at the same time,…

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Share your multiple-mouse lessons!

Why upload your Mouse Mischief lessons to the Office online site? It takes time, energy, and creativity to create high quality lessons and keep our students engaged in learning. Even the best teachers can’t do it all by themselves. We need to draw on our community for support, feedback, encouragement, inspiration, and new ideas, approaches,…

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Mouse Mischief @ ISTE 2010

It was a true privilege to share the floor with more than 15,000 K-12 teachers, school IT administrators, and technical coordinators at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently, from June 26–June 30, 2010. The conference spanned a wide variety of relevant and innovative technologies for the classroom, including Microsoft Mouse Mischief! Mouse…

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Homeschooling blahs? Energize your routine with Mouse Mischief lessons.

One of the greatest challenges in homeschooling is keeping things fresh and interesting, day by day, so kids don’t lose interest. There are lots of ways to boost your kids’ excitement for learning—introducing different approaches to learning and reviewing material, giving them new educational tools and resources to work with, inviting them to participate more…

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Give Every Child a Mouse Today!

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Alvin Tan, a physics teacher in Singapore, as our guest blogger. If you recall, he was the teacher who recently had a special in person visit from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. I first started using an early version of Microsoft Mouse Mischief when it was introduced to me last year during…

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Go green with Mischief!

In 2003 the School of the Future became the first paperless school.  A joint project of the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft, the School of the Future was created to help integrate technology in the classroom and help the environment. To avoid waste and save trees, students used only computers, and all books, tests,…

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Lesson Plans and Summer 2010

I recently polled our Facebook followers about how they spend their summer: “What do most teachers do during the summer months?” The answers were incredibly varied and surprising. For example, one teacher wrote, “I take classes, revise lesson plans and try to recover from the emotional drain of the school year.” Which got me thinking: when do you usually…

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Drawing slides help students grasp and integrate information

Fortunately, we now recognize that students learn in different ways and that to teach effectively we need to differentiate instruction. Many recent studies have shown what classroom teachers have observed for years: involving multiple senses in the educational process can improve learning outcomes. Most students, in fact, typically use a combination of three learning styles:…

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