How we use technologyHOW WE USE TECHNOLOGY
Beacon students use computer applications in much of their work, from science simulations to art installations. We are a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school.  Our school’s wireless Internet system allows ready (and secure) access to the Internet via a high-speed circuit with all traffic passing through a firewall to block objectionable content.
Apple and Windows devices are suitable for nearly all needs, but we have a bias toward Apple equipment because of our commitment to the Apple TV devices for wireless projection in the classrooms.

Students are encouraged to use multiple hardware devices and to become adept at Windows, Mac OS, IPad, Chrome, and Android devices. Because our e-mail system is Google based and all students will have an e-mail address, many students also become proficient at using Google Drive, Calendar, Sites, and Contacts. It is common for students to collaborate on a shared Google document using Google Drive.

The school’s Student Information System (RenWeb) allows students and family members password protected access – including mobile access – to such things as homework assignments, class schedules, and family directories. The IT Director provides support for both student and administrative computer equipment. Both Apple and Windows-based computers and devices are fully supported.

Although we recognize the importance of technology and its use by the student, our philosophy remains that the main purpose of the technology is to allow for maximum interaction between a motivated student and a highly skilled teacher.
Effective July 1, 2021, Beacon Academy will be required to comply with the requirements of the Student Online Personal Protection Act, to the extent applicable to private and nonpublic schools. Beacon Academy prioritizes the privacy and security of our students’ personally identifiable information. Beacon Academy has not and will not sell, rent, lease or trade a student’s covered information. Further, students’ covered information shall be collected only for 9th through 12th grade school purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes. Additionally, students’ covered information shall only be adequate, relevant, and limited to what is necessary in relation to the 9th through 12th grade school purposes for which it is processed.