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Learn Mouse Skills

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access

Activity Description

This Web site is for any level of ESL student who is a beginning computer user and needs help with using a mouse. You can assign higher level students to use the site on their own; however, lower literacy students will need help reading and understanding the directions.


Make sure the site is not blocked at your school before having students use it.


This site can be used as a whole class activity if all your students are beginning computer users, but it is best used in a lab setting for individuals to gain mouse skills. Open a Web browser and go to the URL. Follow the onscreen directions. The mouse skills covered are the following:

  • Holding, moving, and clicking
  • Pointing and clicking
  • Dragging
  • Selecting radio buttons and check boxes
  • Using drop-down menus
  • Scrolling
  • Completing forms
  • Highlighting (selecting), cutting, and pasting

Teacher Tips

Go through the activities on the site yourself before having students use the site in order to predict difficulties.

More Ways

If you have a document camera, you could use it to demonstrate using the mouse if this is a whole class activity.


  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced
  • All Levels
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.