In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.
Today’s tip: #26: My Mouse Doesn’t Work
Q: My mouse stopped working. Do I need a new one?
A: Maybe, but try a few things first:
- Is it plugged in?
- If it’s wireless, do you need to replace the batteries?
- If it’s wireless, is the hub close enough to the mouse and keyboard?
- Reboot the computer. This is a universal cure for stuff that goes awry on a computer. There are so many drivers and commands in the operational sequence, they get lost sometimes. A reboot might get the mouse driver back where the system can find it.
- Before you buy a new mouse, plug a spare in–does it work?
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.