As you can probably guess, the accessibility of a laptop computer also means the accessibility of computer games. While the filter at school does a good job, the kids are even better at finding games that are not blocked by the filter. We find gaming to be very distracting to the students. Therefore, we will begin issuing detentions for students that we catch gaming in class and those kids will lose their computer for the remainder of that period (but not the rest of the day).
There are appropriate times for kids to play games (before school, during lunch, between classes, etc) but not during instructional time. If we catch kids gaming, we will issue a detention and follow up by sending an e-mail home. The laptops are great tools for learning and we want the kids to get the full experience.