Sep 18, 2014

Mouse Skills

When I first started working with children, learning to use a mouse was a challenge because students did not have computers at home. Now, many of my students have touch screen devices, and have no idea how to use this tool.

How to Hold the Mouse
Thumb and ring-finger rest on the sides of the mouse. Index and middle finger rest on top of the large buttons. Make sure that the wrist and arm are straight and in a comfortable position.

Below are some of my favorite resources for learning how to use a mouse properly.


SONGS
  • My computer mouse: Educational song and video about the mouse. From British Council Learn English Kids site.
  • Click the Mouse: Kid friendly song that shares how a mouse works.

PRACTICE SITES

Mouse Movement
  • Spider  Move mouse around the screen to play a game of chase.
  • I See You!Eyes watch as cursor moves.

Click (Point and Select)
  • ABCya! Flappy Dragon: Students click to help the dragon fly through obstacles (similar to Flappy Bird).
  • ABCya! Make a House - Children's Activity  Build a house by clicking, selecting, dragging/dropping. 
  • Bubble Letters  Set up the game by choosing the letters on which to focus. Bubbles appear with the letters (lower and uppercase), voice says the letter and directs to pop, on pop says the sound.
  • Flower GardenClick, double click, drag/drop to create a virtual flower garden.
  • Hide n' Seek with Zoomer: Click to locate hiding cat in a small scene.
  • Mouse ConcentrationMouse matching game on author Jan Brett's site.
  • Mousercise: Series of simple computer mouse games that allow students to practice precision movement and clicking on screen objects. 
  • Tidy the Classroom: Students, click, double click, and drag/drop to straighten a classroom.

Drag and Drop
  • Feed the Monster:  Drag and drop food to feed the monster.
  • FireFlies: Catch fireflies, drop in jars, addition problem shows how many fireflies in total have been caught.
  • Mouse Practice MatchingDrag and drop to match colors.
  • As an extension of the drag and drop movement, also considering drawing tools, such as Microsoft Paint, Tux Paint, or Canvastic.

Double Click

Right Click



TUTORIALS
  • How to Use the Mouse: Video tutorial published by YPI EdTech.
  • Mouse Tutorial : Interactive tutorial from New Jersey's Burlington Country Library.
  • Mouse Tutorial  Step by step interactive tutorial on what a mouse is and how it can be used. Includes hyperlinks. From Rome Library.
  • Mouse Exercises: Designed for senior citizens, focuses on basic mouse skills. From SeniorNet.org.