You sneaky little...

Image via Akseli Koskela
My own wireless mouse at home - of a similar type to that
used to disrupt my lesson!
Today, some student in one of my classes who was a bit too clever for his own good, plugged a wireless mouse into the back of the teacher’s computer whilst we were in the computer room. What a sneaky little …

It was some time before I eventually caught the blighter. It wasn’t that I was actually using the teacher’s computer, the problem was rather that it was linked-up to a projector and speakers. Thus giving the student a platform for all sorts of mayhem. He was too smart for his own good, in a bid to remain unnoticed, the student tried to continue doing his work whilst disrupting the lesson. My suspicions were raised when a noticed a student laboriously working on the computer with only one hand, whilst the other remained steadfastly underneath the table.

He really had me going for a while though, because my first fear was that some brainiac kid had managed to figure out the school network passwords or some other way of taking over the teacher’s computer. In the end I was surprised at how low-tech the trick actually was. The simplest ideas are always the best.

Image via Akseli Koskela
Notice how small, almost undetectable, the USB wireless
receiver for the mouse is.
So I’ve now stored that one away to remember - wireless mouses (or is it mice?). It can alongside the old swapping-computer-keyboards trick that students play on each other; as well as the swapping-names-for-the-new-teacher trick; the there’s-a-new-kid-in-the-class trick and the we-didn’t-bring-our-books-because-miss-said-we-were-going-to-watch-a-movie trick.

11 comments:

PAMO said...

That's hilarious! Who'd a thunk it? Yep- that's a new trick on me too. Sounds like the offending student had a good time too. Smart of you to figure it out!

Judie said...

I hope someone got a good tongue-lashing for those mischievous measures! He really is too smart for his own good!!

Akseli Koskela said...

Well PAMO and Judie, I'm sure you'd both like to know that the wireless mouse in question is now sitting in the office of the Deputy Principal. Waiting for a student brave enough to try and come claim it.

roxy said...

Loved this post! So funny. Kids can be sneaky little so-and-so's. Your experience reminded me of when a pathologist friend of mine was lecturing at a medical school many years ago and one of the students slipped a rogue photograph into the slideshow lineup. The kid was a friend of the speaker's family, and the picture showed the pathologist relaxing in sweats and a t-shirt watching TV and eating potato chips from the bag. I'm sure the students admired their instructors poise as he continued his lecture by ignoring the picture and moving ahead without missing a beat. God bless teachers everywhere!

Karyn said...

That is interesting that the best ideas are the simplest. And the simplest things, at least for me, are always so easy to overlook! It almost takes a genius, in a way, to see simplicity.

Chibi Janine said...

Hope you complimented him for his ingenuity before dragging him through the ringer :)).

Akseli Koskela said...

Roxy that's hilarious! I sure am glad none of my students have yet found any compromising photos of me - I think it's the stuff of teacher's nightmares.

Karyn, I can tell you that "genius" certainly wasn't quite the adjective I was thinking of when I discovered the trick. Although, in retrospect, I do admit it took a certain degree of ingenuity.

Chibi J, never fear, I'm sure he got more than enough compliments for his ingenuity from the other students, once outside of the classroom.

Francis Hunt said...

It's a (blackboard) jungle out there ...

JJ said...

Akseli: I had to think about this for a while. I probably would have congratulated the little ... At least it was a brainy trick. Students today are not always that clever. They are often more cruel. I would put some time into getting back at him.

Judie said...

Wireless mice are pretty inexpensive. The student will just buy another one!

Akseli Koskela said...

I know what you mean JJ. You seconded a point Chibi J made - but I've found in teaching it's best not to give mixed messages, even for creative acts of mayhem!

Judie, I think he'll get spoken to by the Deputy, don't you worry!