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, either individually or in teams. You can create multiple-mouse slides with Yes/No or multiple-choice questions, polling slides, and drawing activity slides. Students use their own mice to click, circle, cross out, or draw answers on the screen.
Lessons with multiple-mouse slides are engaging and fun for students, and they can be used in many different ways to complement your teaching approach and style. You can use them to:
· Introduce new material in a fun, non-threatening way
· Get instant feedback during a lesson on how well the class understands the concepts or procedures you are teaching
· Review material before a test
· Vary your presentation of material to hold students’ interest
· Help students who learn in different ways (such as tactile or haptic learners) grasp content
· Poll your students about issues
· Discover what your students’ assumptions and myths about a subject are before you begin a unit
· Give even your shiest students a chance to participate from the safety of their own desk
Introducing the Mouse Mischief Quick Start Guide
It’s easy to create multiple-mouse slides and to set up your classroom to play multiple-mouse lessons. And now, with the Quick Start Guide, it’s even easier. The Quick Start Guide provides step-by-step instructions for users who are new to Mouse Mischief, but who are already familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. If you already rely on PowerPoint in your teaching—and chances are, you do—and you want to learn how to use Mouse Mischief to bring those PowerPoint lessons alive, the Quick Start Guide is for you! It covers everything you need—from exploring the Multiple Mouse tab, to creating and inserting different kinds of multiple-mouse slides, to launching a Mouse Mischief lessons, to guiding students how best to interact with the slides, to playing a lesson in individual and in team mode.
Of course, you can always visit the Mouse Mischief website, which has all the system requirements and hardware information you need and more instructions, too, complete with videos.
The possibilities are only beginning to be realized for this new education tool. Join teachers already experimenting with it and reaping the benefits in their classrooms. Try Mouse Mischief and see what you and your students can do with it!