Digital Learning in the Catholic Classroom 

Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology – Dr. Mike Ribble

Preparing our students for success in the future requires preparing them for today’s workplace, and for a world that continues to evolve through advances in technology.

At HCDSB, teachers and learners collaborate in innovative school and classroom communities that encourage student engagement, learning and achievement. Teachers incorporate digital resources into their lessons where appropriate and students use digital resources to demonstrate learning.

All of our schools have wireless access, allowing staff, students and visitors to access a variety of rich digital learning resources. We provide a number of technological devices in the classroom and in the workplace, and encourage students to bring their own devices (BYOD) to school.​

We believe that technology enhances a child's learning experience, and therefore we use digital tools and platforms to support student learning. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 have access to age-appropriate digital tools. Parents can participate in their child's learning by encouraging responsible digital citizenship. 

Responsible Digital Citizenship

As a school district, we place a great deal of emphasis on responsible digital citizenship. In accordance with Policy I-43, Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship​, students are taught how to use technology responsibly and appropriately.

Providing and maintaining safe and appropriate digital learning environments is our priority. As a Board, we support the use of the following web tools and apps: 

21st Century Competencies in Our Catholic Schools​2019-21stCenturyLearningOutcomes-IMG.png

As outlined in 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion, the Ministry of Education has defined six (6) key global competencies that have measurable benefits for student learning. These competencies do not replace the important foundational skills of literacy, numeracy, and the core learnings of other subject areas that are typically associated with student achievement. Rather, these competencies enhance the learning experience for our students.

The 21st Century Global Competencies are very much aligned with both the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and our Focus on Faith themes, which are based on Catholic Social Teaching. The following chart outlines the similarities:



​​​​​Global Co​mpetencies


Ontario Catholic School
Graduate Expectations

Our Focus on Faith Themes

  1. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 
  2. Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship  
  3. Learning to Learn/Self-Aware & Self-Directed Learning 
  4. Collaboration  
  5. Communication  
  6. Global Citizenship  

·    A Responsible Citizen 

·    A Discerning Believer  

·    An Effective Communicator 

·    A Reflective, Creative & Holistic Thinker 

·    A Self-Directed, Responsible, Lifelong Learner 

·    A Collaborative Contributor 

·    A Caring Family Member 

·      Stewardship of Creation 

·      Human Dignity 

·      Promotion of Peace 

·      Community & the Common Good 

·      Option for the Poor & Vulnerable 

·      Human Rights & Responsibilities 

·      Global Solidarity