Skills Every Student Needs
In today’s society, it is critical for students to be able to use the vast amount of technology available to them. Digital literacy will provide students with skills they need to succeed in the technological age. It is Catholic High’s goal to build students’ digital literacy by authentically incorporating technology into instruction at every grade level.
The definition of literacy has evolved in the 21st century. The basic definition of literacy means to be able to read and write. To be successful in today’s digital world, literacy goes far beyond being able to read and write. What it means to be digitally literate has reflected the change in how information is processed, delivered, and received in today’s highly connected world. The University Library of The University of Illinois defines digital literacy as:
The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information.¹
The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers. ²
A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment… Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments. ³
The Louisiana Department of Education defines eight categories of digital literacy.
Achieving Digital Literacy
Digital literacy learning goals are approached through a variety of means throughout all grade levels. The school has interactive presentation systems in all classrooms, making delivery of content a breeze. However, building students’ digital literacy requires them to be responsible content creators, not just consumers.
Being a G Suite for Education school made selecting Chromebooks as student devices a clear choice for grades four through eight. The school currently utilizes Chromebooks in carts for elementary and middle school students. Their phenomenal battery life, portability, speed, and functionality make them perfect learning tools for students. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, freshmen kicked off our 1:1 program. The program will expand to students in grades 10-12 beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The Student Chromebook Policy is available here. The school utilizes GoGuardian for filtering and monitoring student accounts and devices. Their privacy policies can be found here.
Catholic High will students in grades 10-12 to participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program until the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Students are allowed to bring devices with wi-fi capability (those with cellular capabilities must have that function disabled) for use in classroom learning activities. Full details are described within the Handbook in our Responsible Use Policy (RUP) on page 50.
Catholic High currently has two computer labs: one in the Library, which is Windows-based, and on in the Multimedia Lab, which is Mac-based. The latter is home to Digital Arts and Publications classes.