The Principal's Pen
In the last newsletter I explained the need for creating and maintaining a safe culture at the College. An example of that is in the use of technology, which presents a very real need to keep students safe. Students at Cornerstone have access to Information and Communications Technology resources such as iPads in the classroom and we are able to provide a filtered internet service that helps create a safe platform. Our policies and practices around the use of these devices are also vital in helping train students in appropriate use of digital technology. We are regularly reviewing how this protection can be developed at the College and we have recently come across a device that could be of great assistance to parents at home.
The device is called Circle with Disney. It is a box that can be plugged in at home near the internet equipment and it then can manage the devices that access the home’s WiFi, including access to particular sites and even the time those devices can connect to the internet. One of our staff members volunteered to try the Circle at home with his teen aged children and he is purchasing it just from that short trial. There are also many online reviews for this product that attest to the benefit for families.
The College has secured a supply of these devices that currently retail at $169. Under our arrangement the Circle can be purchased through the College for $140 and we are able take payment from parents and organise for the Circle to be delivered to the College. If any of our parents would like to purchase a Circle at this price please contact our Administration at [email protected]. We currently have access to a stock of ten devices but we are able to order more to cater for demand.
I hope that this addition to the partnership between the College and parents of our students can assist our community in keeping it safe.