“I think it's important to teach this generation, and maybe even ourselves, that even though technology is a wonderful tool that we can use to accomplish much more than we did in years past, there are many unnecessary distractions and frustrations that come with it. There are many things now that we must do on our devices, but I think it's essential that we continue to learn, teach, and improve on skills that don't require a computer screen,” said Cunningham.
“As we move deeper into the technological realm with students I think we see both them and ourselves in need of more non-screen time. It's tough to find a balance between time on device and time away. When I look at our days, we read the paper and watch the news every morning on our tablets and TVs. Then, at work, we're moving more to using our computers all day. And when we get home, it's hard to put our phones down,” he said.
Cunningham’s technology outlook fits in perfectly with Cornerstone’s. In addition, he will also handle all the new audio-visual equipment on the new campus. Our new campus will be state-of-the-art, and Cunningham has already spent a good part of his first few days here at school on the new property making sure everything will be ready to go once we move in January.
In February 2015, Head of School, Jeanne Borders, announced at the State of School meeting that we had officially become a Google Apps for Education School. This decision was not made to be trendy, but so that our students would be afforded the opportunity to employ technology across the curriculum to enhance critical thinking skills, engage in active research, communicate on a global level, and foster creativity.
Cornerstone Prep is committed to providing training to equip our staff with the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate 21st-century technology tools as learning strategies in a student-centered environment. We also know that the Internet provides students with access to unfiltered global data; therefore some material may be inaccurate, offensive, questionable, sinful, and not suitable for use at Cornerstone. Our staff needs to be good stewards by training and supervising our students in the responsible and ethical use policies for technology and accessing information on the World Wide Web. Having a Director of IT is essential to seeing this vision fulfilled.
THREE IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY PRINCIPLES
Cornerstone Prep believes that as Christians we are to use technology in a manner which honors God. We hold fast to the following three principles:
- We expect ethical behavior at all times, consistent with laws and regulations, but also in a manner which reflects the values of our school.
- We take seriously the responsibility for providing a safe and secure wireless technology environment while students are on our campus.
- We believe the use of electronic communication devices at school is a privilege, not a right, and carries the responsibility of acceptable use as set forth in our Technology Policy.
OUR TECHNOLOGY POLICY
To review our Technology Policy, please click here.