I was going to be in the computer lab all day with freshmen. 9th graders. In a room with computers. I didn't want to take any chances. I knew that I was going to want names if anything went wrong.
The attendance program has this nifty little feature--you can see pictures of the students in the class. I printed out these pages for each class. And I took them with me to the computer lab.
I walked around the room with my little clipboard with sheets that had pictures of all the students. So, of course nothing went wrong. The classes were wonderful. The students were on task (creating Power Point Presentations for book reports that they are going to give in about a week). The students were even polite (mostly).
But I felt in control, and I guess that's the whole point of having the pictures with the names. It was a nice day.