Technology

Technology at GRACE Updates

The Technology at GRACE (TAG) Department desires to partner with you in safeguarding your student’s web presence. In the past, we have been responsible for monitoring internet usage and web browsing for all students. Beginning Wednesday, November 1st, parents will receive a weekly “Securly Web Report” which will list search results and web browsing for your student so that you can partner with us in this important activity. 
 
The Securly report will be sent to each “parent/guardian” email address listed in RenWeb. If you do not want to receive these reports for a particular email address, you can follow the instructions contained in the initial report to remove an email address. Please note that the report will be emailed from support@securly.comIf you do not receive a report on Wednesday, please check your email spam folder and add this email address to your safe sender list. 
 
Additionally, parents are now able to submit a tech support request to TAG for help with questions you may have about RenWeb and Securly. Tech support questions can be submitted on the GRACE website, in the Technology section, under the heading Tech Support. A member of the TAG staff will answer your question and/or resolve your problem as quickly as possible, with the goal being within one business day. Please note: this is not a 24-hour per day service. Staff hours are school days from 8:00am-4:00pm.
 

Internet Safety Seminar

Hope Community Church invites all GRACE families to an Internet Safety Seminar on Thursday, September 28th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Hope Community Church Chapel at 821 Buck Jones Road.

There will be a speaker from the NC Department of Justice discussing the different social media sites, tactics predators are using, ways to protect your children, etc. Also in attendance will be a Raleigh police officer who will be sharing on how this ties to human trafficking and what is being seen in the triangle area. For more information email Hope4Freedom@gethope.net.

The Tech-Wise Family

In a recent Barna study, 78% of responded that they “strongly agreed” or “somewhat agreed” to the statement “Raising kids today is more complicated than it was when [we] were kids.” When asked why they felt that way, 65% of the respondents said that it was due to technology and social media. Technology permeates every aspect of our lives, and the lives of our children, in ways unprecedented in human history.  

With that in mind, GRACE is offering a parent book study of The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch, the executive editor of Christianity Today and author of several books. Click here to watch a book trailer. Crouch writes in the introduction, “This book is about much more than just social media, or even screens. It’s about how to live as full, flourishing human beings.”

Crouch discusses the implications of technology, and the importance for families to consider technology in relation to questions like, How do we want to be as a family? How does our use of technology help move us closer or further away from that goal? This book is insightful, and will provide for excellent discussion and consideration for how we manage technology in our daily lives and homes.

We plan to meet for book talks from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 5
  • Monday, October 16
  • Monday, October 30

The three meetings will be led by Eric Bradley and Julia Taylor and will take place at Hope Community Church. We will establish a room for the sessions once we find out how many individuals register for the study. So that we can adequately plan space, please sign up to attend.

The book is available at every major online vendor, Barnes and Noble, or Christian bookstore.

 

Chromebook Unboxing

Kudos to the GRACE IT team for a smooth deployment of computers to 567 students in the span of two days. New this year were the brand new Chromebooks that were purchased for students in grades 4-6 to replace the MacBooks that were at the end of their lease cycle. Students enjoyed being able to unpack these new machines and turn them on for the very first time.