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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT CLASSMOUSE
  • What is ClassMouse?
  • How do I access ClassMouse?
  • How is ClassMouse reflective of Ontario Ministry Initiatives?
  • What kind of teacher content is available?
  • What kind of student content is available?
  • Is content suitable for students?
  • Is navigation easy?
  • Is special software required to use ClassMouse?
  • FEATURES
  • What are some features of the ClassMouse System?
  • SERVICE AND SUPPORT
  • Can I contact someone for help?
  • What are the features of ClassMouse Service and Support?
  • COMPONENTS
  • What is MouseSearch?
  • What is MouseGuide?
  • What is Coach?
  • What is MouseQuiz?
  • PACKAGES
  • What subscription options are available?
  • FINDING CLASSMOUSE
  • How do I purchase a ClassMouse subscription?
  • Taking a Test Drive
  • How do I obtain a Board Guest Account?
  • INTERNET BROWSERS
  • What internet browsers are supported?
  • What browser settings are important

  • ABOUT CLASSMOUSE
    What is ClassMouse?

    ClassMouse is a secure, real-time web utility that guides elementary educators and students to educational resources aligned with Ontario curriculum expectations. Its suite of components facilitates, enhances and differentiates curriculum delivery.

    The integrated on-line tools directly connect students, teachers and support staff to tens of thousands of exceptional educational resources. The experienced professional educators of the ClassMouse Team continue to research and develop content that is organized by user type, grade level, subject area, subject strand and curriculum expectation. Built-in versatility allows for a spectrum of uses including research, lesson delivery, skill reinforcement, assessment and exposure to rich media.

    The ClassMouse System is designed to satisfy the ever-changing content demands of the educational community. Different packages are available to meet the needs of individual school boards, schools, teachers and students. Users benefit from rapid access to over 50,000 resources specifically related to the expectations of the Ontario Elementary Curriculum. All ClassMouse components help to better realize curricular goals by reducing content costs, saving time and inspiring students.

    Easy...Fast...Powerful


    How do I access ClassMouse?

    ClassMouse is designed to be powerful, fun and easy to use for students, teachers and other school staff. The access procedure is unique for each school board. Individual subscriptions for schools, teachers or students are accessed by a unique login name and password. Contact your school principal, consultant, librarian or coordinator to obtain access information.

    After login, follow the simple on-screen prompts. MouseSearch delivers content via specific keyword(s). MouseGuide delivers content via grade, subject, strand and curriculum expectation.


    How is ClassMouse reflective of Ministry Initiatives?

    The ClassMouse team remains up-to-date with all the latest initiatives of the Ontario Ministry of Education. ClassMouse Components are designed to reflect those initiatives in literacy, numeracy & differentiated instruction. All Ministry expectations are updated with a "Process" labeled for each content title in mathematics. A Catholic edition is available.

    The ClassMouse Resource Companion contains ideas to support Ministry initiatives, specifically in language and mathematics.


    What kind of teacher content is available?

    Teacher content includes unit plans, lesson plans, classroom activities, teaching tools, lesson demonstrations, pictures and photos, printable assignments/worksheets, blackline masters, assessments, rubric/checklists, reference pages and library activities.


    What kind of student content is available?

    Student content includes virtual tours/experiences, animations, manipulatives, demonstrations, problem solving, online lessons/tutorials, interactive learning tools, project/assignment tools, subject activity centres, skill reinforcement, research, photos and pictures, printable worksheets, educational games, free time activities, and accelerated/remedial support.


    Is content suitable for students?

    Yes! The ClassMouse research team is made up of experienced professional educators that vet and/or develop expectation-specific content. Content is grade-appropriate and free of unsuitable material. All content satisfies strict inclusion criteria.


    Is navigation easy?

    Yes! Content can be retrieved quickly and easily with two integrated components. The MouseGuide filters content according to grade, subject, strand and expectation. An option to enable or disable expectations is available. MouseSearch allows grade-specific topics to be chosen by keyword(s). Search results can be cross-referenced to subject strand and expectation. In both cases, controllable filters, titles and summary descriptions further categorize content for rapid retrieval. Separate teacher and student content satisfies user needs.


    Is special software required to use ClassMouse?

    No. The only software required for ClassMouse is an Internet Browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox or Safari.



    FEATURES
    What are some features of the ClassMouse System?

    The Classmouse System has numerous features that are constantly updated. Prominent features include the following:

  • Safe curricular platform with automatic obscenity filter
  • Allows rapid access to over 50,000 content titles developed or screened by professional educators
  • Separate expectation-specific content for students & teachers satisfies strict inclusion criteria
  • Content includes reference, on-line lessons, learning activities, lesson plans and multi-media
  • Mouselink Manager maximizes content availability in real time
  • The interface is grade-specific, appealing and user-friendly
  • Built-in versatility allows lesson delivery, skill reinforcement, research, and assessment
  • Provides rapid and easy exposure to rich media
  • Follows Ontario Ministry initiatives in literacy, numeracy and differentiated instruction
  • Updated 2005 Mathematics expectations include a Mathematical Process for each content title
  • Catholic edition is available

  • SERVICE AND SUPPORT
    Can I contact someone for help?

    There are three support options:

  • Users can email us with inquiries or content requests for any grade, subject, strand or expectation.
  • Users can submit an online form to ask questions or make content requests.
  • Users can phone 905-341-2527 to speak to a ClassMouse representative.

  • What are the features of ClassMouse Service and Support?

    Classmouse Support has many features that are constantly updated. Prominent features include:

  • Simple and rapid access procedure
  • All technical maintenance provided by the ClassMouse Team
  • No disc installation or delayed disc updates are required
  • Real-time updates occur on a daily basis
  • Online support responds to questions and content requests
  • PDF Companion contains user guide, student activities and implementation strategies
  • Packages include a reference Companion binder for each elementary school

  • COMPONENTS
    What is MouseSearch?

    MouseSearch is the ClassMouse component that provides keyword-based retrieval of student and teacher content. All search results are cross-curricular and grade specific. Controllable filters, titles and summary descriptions further categorize content for rapid retrieval. A referencing tool connects search results to the MouseGuide catalogue of curriculum expectations.


    What is MouseGuide?

    MouseGuide is the ClassMouse component that provides expectation-based retrieval of student and teacher content. All content is organized via grades, subjects, strands and expectations of the Ontario Elementary Curriculum. Controllable filters, titles and summary descriptions further categorize content for rapid retrieval. The user has the option to enable/disable curriculum expectations.


    What is Coach?

    Coach is the ClassMouse component that allows teachers to create, manage and monitor secure student profiles. Educators are able to differentiate student activity and evaluation by creating Directed Learning Paths. Immediate evaluation and anecdotes provide students with direct feedback. Synchronization allows the simultaneous delivery of content and test material to multiple students.


    What is MouseQuiz?

    MouseQuiz is the ClassMouse component that allows teachers to create and manage secure, custom online tests. Educators can monitor and evaluate student progress using the expectation-specific ClassMouse TestBank. Controllable settings allow for automatic evaluation with a forced pass feature.


    PACKAGES
    What subscription options are available?
    The following subscription packages are available:
    PACKAGECOMPONENTSCONTENTACCESS
    SilverMouseSearch
    MouseGuide
    StudentSchool
    GoldMouseSearch
    MouseGuide
    Student
    Teacher
    Students - School
    Teachers - Anywhere
    PlatinumMouseSearch
    MouseGuide
    Coach
    MouseQuiz
    Student
    Teacher
    Students - School
    Teachers - Anywhere

    FINDING CLASSMOUSE
    How do I purchase a ClassMouse subscription?

    ClassMouse is available to elementary school boards and individual schools, teachers and students. Visit www.ClassMouse.com to download the appropriate order form for individual school, teacher or student subscription. The order form can be mailed or faxed. School board purchases are made by contacting ClassMouse Education Systems at 905-341-2527 or by emailing team@classmouse.com.


    Taking a Test Drive

    The Test Drive trial is available to everyone. Go to www.classmouse.com and click on the Test Drive button to enjoy a sample.


    How do I obtain a Board Guest Account?

    School board officials can obtain a Guest Account to review ClassMouse by completing this form. You can also phone 905-341-2527 or email The ClassMouse Team for a rapid response.


    INTERNET BROWSERS
    What internet browsers are supported by ClassMouse?

    The following browsers and operating systems are used by most ClassMouse users. Most features work with other browsers but full compatibility is not guaranteed. Potential problems are minimized if users upgrade to the latest browser version.

    Mac (OS X/9)

    PC (Windows XP/2000/Me/98/NT)

    Safari 1.0 and higher
    Netscape 7.0 and higher
    Mozilla Firefox

    Internet Explorer 5.5 and higher
    Netscape 7.0 and higher
    Mozilla Firefox


    What browser settings are important?

    The following browser settings are important for all features to work properly:

  • Ensure that your browser is set to accept cookies.
  • Enable javascript
  • If your browser has a section for trusted sites, please enter the following URL:

    http://www.classmouse.com

    If you are behind a firewall or have a spam filter configured, add the following to your whitelist:

    classmouse.com


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