Help and How-To

Learn to create and play lessons, get help setting up your classroom, and find resources that can expand your ability to use this teaching tool creatively.

Mouse Mischief works with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. To have the best experience using Mouse Mischief in the classroom, please read below for additional requirements and setup guidelines.

System Requirements

Windows 7 and Windows Vista Works with approximately 20-25 mice

System Requirements

Processor

1 GHz processor, dual-core or quad-core

Memory

1 GB RAM for x86-based (32-bit) PC

2 GB RAM for x64-based (64-bit) PC

Video resolution

1024 x 768 or higher

Video performance

DirectX 9 or later

Software

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (32 bit) or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007*

Due to variability of computer and USB hardware, the number of mice that can be connected and the overall performance capability of Mouse Mischief may vary.

*Don't have Office PowerPoint?

Classroom Setup

The following illustration shows one possible arrangement with one computer supporting a classroom of mice. Please note this diagram illustrates how both wired and wireless mice can be used.

Illustration of possible classroom layout, optimized for multiple-mouse lessons with computers running Windows 7 or Windows Vista

Warning Be careful how you lay out cables between system components. Cables can be tripping hazards.

Windows XP SP3  Works with approximately five mice

System Requirements

Processor

1 GHz processor

Memory

1 GB RAM

Monitor resolution

800 x 600 or higher

Software

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (32 bit) or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007*

Due to variability of computer and USB hardware, the number of mice that can be connected and the overall performance capability of Mouse Mischief may vary.

*Don't have Office PowerPoint?

Small Group Setup

The following illustration shows a possible layout that incorporates a monitor as the display device, one USB hub and 5 mice, including the teachers.

Illustration of possible small-group setup for multiple-mouse lessons with computers running Windows XP SP3

Hardware

Computer

To connect many mice to one computer, you will likely need to use hubs. Some USB hubs have an independent power source (powered); that is, they can be plugged into an electrical outlet. Other hubs draw power from the computer (unpowered). For best results, use powered USB 2.0 hubs.

Caution Do not chain unpowered USB hubs together. Chaining unpowered hubs can place excessive power loads on hubs and damage them.

A powered USB hub

Powered USB 7-port hub

An unpowered USB hub

Unpowered USB 4-port hub

USB ports on computer

USB ports on computer (note the trident USB logo above the ports.)

Mice

Mouse Mischief can be used with both wired USB or wireless 2.4-gigahertz (GHz) mice. Please note that when using wireless mice in a small area, you may experience signal interference. Additionally, in Play Slide Show mode, when there are a large number of simultaneously active mice on a Drawing slide, overall system performance might degrade. For best results, direct small groups of students to take turns drawing.

Note: You can use a PS/2 mouse (such as the touchpad on a notebook computer) with Mouse Mischief.

Keyboard

You need a keyboard to set up the Mouse Mischief lesson. As the teacher, you can also decide to use the keyboard instead of the mouse to control the lesson.

Note: You can perform the teachers role using only the keyboard. For more information, see the Accessibility Features topic in the Mouse Mischief online Help.

Display Device (Projector)

As the teacher, you must be able to show your computer screen to the class using a display device (such as a monitor or a projector) that is large enough so that you and all of your students can see it easily. Please note that you must duplicate your desktop while projecting (does not support extended desktop).

Note: Optionally, an additional monitor that the teacher can see when facing the class can be connected with a Y splitter video cable.

Mouse Mischief Classroom Setup

Instructions
  1. Start the computer. Make sure that PowerPoint is installed.

  2. If PowerPoint is open, close it now.

  3. Download or create a multiple-mouse presentation, and then test it by playing it.

  4. When you are ready to play the presentation for students, connect a video cable for the projector to a video display port on the computer.

    Illustration of a video cable connected to a video display port on the computer
  5. If you have a separate monitor, you may be able to use a Y splitter cable to connect both a projector and a monitor to the computers video display port.

    Illustration of  a 'Y' splitter cable
  6. Connect the USB hub to a USB port on the computer.

    Illustration of a USB hub connected to an open USB port on the computer
  7. Connect the remaining mice (or wireless mouse receivers) to the USB hub.

    Illustration of mice connecting to a USB hub

    USB wired mice connected to hub

    Illustration of mouse receivers connecting to a USB hub

    Wireless mice and receivers connected to hub

    If you have a combination of powered and unpowered USB hubs, you can use both kinds so long as you do not chain unpowered hubs.

    • You can connect the receivers for wireless mice into a 4-port unpowered USB hub that is connected directly to the computer.

    • You can connect a powered USB hub to the computer, and then connect an unpowered USB hub to each port in the powered hub.

Communities

Want to share ideas with other teachers about new or successful ways to use Mouse Mischief? Here are a few ways to get connected and inspired.

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