Will try this all once again - gotta love power failures...
Farionics / Insight - Some of you may not be aware of Insight being available on computers in the labs and library. It gives you the ability to observe student activity/viewing on those computers. When logging onto the teacher computer in the labs, you may be prompted for a password... (ask in the library) enter the password - caps are necessary. Click the little white icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and you should have a display of all the computers. If not & you have little locks on the screens - you have entered the password incorrectly. No worries, go to administer and exit Teacher Console. Login again by going to Farionics Insight Teacher in the start up menu. This is a powerful piece of software, you may block software/web sites, poll the class, set up tests, share monitors, and send messages.
Video games are not such a bad thing. They encourage and develop creativity, sharing and communication. Give these articles a look.
Minecraft, which has an educational version, is also highly recommended.
Next week is Hour of Code - a global initiative to promote computer coding for all.
Might be a good idea for an activity on December 19th.