Four Online Sites to Teach Mouse Skills
It sounds easy, but to a five or six year old, holding the mouse, clicking that left button, dragging and dropping while holding a finger down is darn difficult. I found four programs that will make it painless:
Mousing Around–learn clicks, multiple clicks. Don’t be surprised when the kids start shouting out animal names.
Bees and Honey–shorter, but concentrates on clicks and dragging-dropping
Tidy the classroom while learning clicks, double-clicks (difficult for youngers) and drag-and-drop
Mouse Program–for olders who can read, but a thorough exercise of the mouse skills
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.
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