I also introduced the class to Sim Rescue, in the Altruism section, and some of them got into that.
This past week, four boys who aren't in my club appeared at some of the computers declaring themselves a newly formed computer club, and started playing games. I'm not sure if this is allowed by the school or not, but they claimed to know about responsible internet use at school and kept to gaming sites. There were girls this week too, in our club, some of whom wanted to play KidPix, which I allowed (some of our other kids asked to use it too). I know of KidPix as a creative drawing program, and it fits the parameters of the club because it exercises creative thinking and executive planning funcions (to an extent), which I have recently become aware of as an area to explore. (Google "Tools of the Mind" to see what's going on educationally with this.) Another dad who happened to be there told me that KidPix was actually created by a fellow with dyslexia, and it's designed using icons instead of words as well as a lot of sound effects - basically anything you do, including dragging a pencil across the screen, has a sound effect. I'll have to look into the research behind this further.
The class is developing in interesting ways. Another father attended last week to help me out, and I realized the kids could be keeping track of their games and progress themselves (I had been trying to do it for them). That will make things easier to run. I even got some time to play with Silver Sphere (try it!) myself. There was also a Santa-on-a-sled game my son Rory discovered which I let the kids play: you have to draw a path on the screen for Santa's sleigh to follow. It's creative, uses spatial attention, requires planning and revision and problem solving... My only problem is where to put it!
FYI, the club will continue this week and on the 17th, and then restart in the new year.