Swipe, swipe, pinch-zoom. Fifth-grader Josephine Nguyen is researching the definition of an adverb on her iPad and her fingers are flying across the screen.
Her 20 classmates are hunched over their own tablets doing the same. Conspicuously absent from this modern scene of high-tech learning: a mouse.
Nguyen, who is 10, said she has used one before — once — but the clunky desktop computer/monitor/keyboard/mouse setup was too much for her.
“It was slow,” she recalled, “and there were too many pieces.”
Gilbert Vasquez, 6, is also baffled by the idea of an external pointing device named after a rodent.
“I don’t know what that is,” he said with a shrug.
Nguyen and Vasquez, who attend public schools in San Jose, California, are part of the first generation growing up with a computer interface that is vastly different from the one the world has gotten used to since the dawn of the personal-computer era in the 1980s.
What a steaming pile of shit. Sure little bubs got ipads now. But what do you think a business is going to give them once they start working? A cheap arse pc and mouse or a fucking useless but expensive ipad? Logic. Mice will be around for a long, long time. I don’t know if its just me, but I can mouse shit faster than I can use a touch interface.