Posted by: crudbasher | April 30, 2010

Free tool lets students participate during class |

Those of you who use Powerpoint might like this.  Apparently Microsoft has released a free addition for Powerpoint that allows each student to use their own wireless mouse and provide feedback during a presentation.  I am all in favor of this, but I have some doubts as to the way they are going about this.  One question right away is what is the range on a wireless mouse?

Still, things like this are a step in the right direction.

  • Using multiple wireless mice for classroom response system

    tags: education, CRS

    • joining in the effort to keep students engaged in the classroom, Microsoft on April 29 announced a new addition to its PowerPoint software that allows students to participate in classroom presentations. The best news: It’s available free of charge.
    • The new tool, called Mouse Mischief, allows teachers to add multiple choice, yes/no, and drawing questions to their presentations. Students then use wireless computer mice (any wireless input device from the school will work) to answer these questions. The tool also allows for whole-class or individual student responses.

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  1. Before I got an IWB, I taught whole class with digital content using a projector and wireless mouse. I really like the idea of every student in the class being able to interact and respond. Along with the technical issue you mentioned, I am also curious how it would work from a practical classroom management perspective. How many students can interact simultaneously?

    Thanks for letting me know about his new resource!

  2. It may not be the perfect solution, but it is a nice option when other student response systems are not feasible.

  3. What i like about this is the interaction in the classroom. That has to be the first step to changing things in education.

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