Microsoft Mouse Mischief

Make your mouse work in your favor as you begin to give great looking presentations 

7.7

20 Votes

  • Category Tools For Educators
  • Program license Free
  • Version 1.0.1443
  • Size 10.51 MB
  • Works under: Windows XP / Windows 2003 / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows Vista
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Microsoft

Microsoft Mouse Mischief is an innovative add-on to Microsoft's PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 presentation software. It allows teachers to turn their PowerPoint slides into interactive whiteboards, increasing engagement among students and providing them with a learning experience that is more interactive and fun.

This addition to PowerPoint was put together by researchers working in Microsoft's labs in India and China. While computer use in both countries is growing at a rapid pace, few public schools in these developing countries could afford to provide each student with their own PC to use during classroom time. This is why the research team has created a solution that allows the use of multiple pointing devices on one system.

Students can work either individually or in assigned teams. They use computer mice to point to, draw, circle or cross out answers shown on the screen. Teachers create the slides in a way similar to any other PowerPoint presentation, meaning that there isn't much of a learning curve for educators who would like to get up to speed on Microsoft Mouse Mischief.

This Microsoft program has been shown to help students enjoy the time they spend in the classroom and thus pay more attention to what is being taught. Teachers are also able to interact more closely with their students in smaller groups, letting them provide instant feedback on how well each is doing when it comes to grasping the material being shown.

An update to Microsoft Mouse Mischief has been released by Microsoft in 2011, fixing various bugs and recurring problems. Even though this software isn't too popular in North America and Western Europe, where students commonly have a PC at home and a dedicated computer lab at school, it is discovered by thousands of new teachers each year in developing countries. In addition to India and China, it is most popular in Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria and the Philippines.

Pros

  • Easy integration with PowerPoint
  • Helps teachers maximize classroom engagement.
  • Convenient solution for markets where providing each student with a PC in the classroom would be too costly.

Cons

  • Lacks progress recording and reporting features.
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