The pointing devices described in this section are "plug and
play" mouse alternatives, as they require no special interface.
Simply plug them into a mouse port and they're ready to use! We
discuss a variety of options but more emerge every day!
need to click on a button! The KidzMouse can be squeezed anywhere
to make it work. It's sized to better fit small hands and uses a
child's natural responses for better control. Two can be used at
the same time so that each young child can have their own to use.
Little Mouse and Tiny Mouse (The
Secret Seven Corp.)
small mice are sized for a child's hand. Little Mouse is 2/3 the
size of a standard mouse. Tiny Mouse is even smaller, 1/2 the size
of an adult mouse. Longer buttons marked with bright dots also make
it easier to use. A mouse with a Mouse Wheel is also available,
which can act as a double-click.
This mouse is designed for children in primary grades. It is curved
to fit a small hand better. Buttons are programmable and a third
button on the side makes it easy to double-click. (Windows only.)
Students hold this mouse like a crayon or pen to control the pointer
on the screen. The ball mechanism allows this unit to work on almost
any surface, including your leg. Mouse Pens are available in both
Windows and Mac versions.
IntelliMouse Optical (Microsoft)
mouse has no moving parts. No mouse ball to clean and no mouse pad
needed! It works on all surfaces. It offers ambidextrous pointing
options and includes programmable buttons and a scrolling wheel.
It offers many options for students with special needs.
iFeel Mouse (Logitech)
mouse uses touch sense technology to let the student "feel"
the surface texture of the computer desktop. When icons, links,
or pull-down menus are located, the student feels a corresponding
bump as she moves the pointer over its edge. Choose from physical
sensations such as ants marching, rubbery, car crash, and basketball.