21st Century Learning
“Do not be afraid of new technologies These rank among the marvelous things – inter mirifica – which God has placed at our disposal to discover, to use and to make known the truth, also the truth about our dignity and about our destiny as his children, heirs of his eternal Kingdom.” – Pope St. John Paul II
Philosophy in Action
Our philosophy of learning is rooted in a commitment to nurturing the global competencies of our students which enable them to lead full, contributing lives as Christians in our world. Our continued investment in technological infrastructure provides optimal learning environments for our students that are responsive to their needs. We are leaders in the use and creation of virtual learning environments with a progressive suite of online digital tools. Our focus on pedagogy surrounding the use of digital tools as well as high-quality blended learning practices are what make a difference in student learning.
Huron-Perth Catholic’s commitment to excellence in blended learning practices and technology access became apparent during the school closures in 2020/21. The firm foundation of pedagogical best practices and access to technology allowed educators and students alike to transition to distance learning at a moment’s notice. Previous investments in educator professional development and student training allowed HPCDSB to comfortably transform our delivery model of teaching and learning.
Access for All
Huron-Perth Catholic has successfully implemented a 1:1 Chromebook Plan for students in both secondary and elementary schools. Chromebooks are managed by the school Library Technician, Central IT, and in partnership with Stronghold Services. This working relationship ensures that all students and staff have access to a functioning device to support their learning needs. HPCDSB also embraces a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ philosophy so that students can bring their own device to school with comprehensive security and access to the same suite of digital tools as those on a board-issued Chromebook.
Learning Management System
Every HPCDSB classroom is complemented by a Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS provides a window into the face-to-face classroom. Educators facilitate school-based communication and engage students and families in learning opportunities through Google Classroom or Brightspace (D2L). All educators are intentional in their development of authentic and engaging opportunities for students through the use of the LMS.
The option to learn remotely is available to students through our established Blessed Carlo Acutis Continuing Education School. The LMS is the classroom for remote learners where synchronous and asynchronous learning occurs.
Blended learning offers a variety of benefits including increased communication, collaboration, differentiation, and small group instruction. The use of digital tools and a Learning Management System ensures that each students’ learning experience continues to be focused on their individual learning needs.
All students have access to digital tools that will allow them to develop their understanding and practice of the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. HPCDSB educators support students with understanding and practicing digital citizenship skills that will equip them for their learning journeys now and in the future.