Arlington Catholic High School Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship



Arlington Catholic High School Digital Device Initiative

Since 2013, the school leadership and teaching community at ACHS have made a commitment to develop and implement a Digital Device Initiative plan. The purpose of the plan is to integrate digital experiences into the curriculum with the goal of enhancing student learning through the use of technology as an educational tool.

In the fall of 2014, all students had the option to bring their own iPad into the classroom to be used to do research, organize their coursework, and collaborate with students and teachers and complete assignments. Additionally, parents had the option to purchase their students’ texts in one of four formats: hard copy (new or used), iBook (through the iTunes Store), eBook or Access Code.  Students will be able to request access to the internet by registering on our network.  By piloting the option to use an iPad in the classroom during the 2014-15 school year, we believe that we were able to: better assess how our infrastructure handles the incremental increase of digital devices on our network; evaluate the educational uses of the iPad by the students; and very importantly, allow parents to plan for the full implementation of a 1:1 iPad Program a year in advance.  The full implementation was put in place for 2015-16 school year.   Each year we have reviewed the plan. 

Based on our collaboration with Saint Agnes School, and the results from surveying teachers and students, we have decided to expand our Digital Initiative device options to a Bring Your Own Device model.   It is important to evaluate and assess the best options for teaching and learning. Technology changes very fast and the options for devices have changed dramatically, with more and more devices that have become similar in function, use and cost.  Keeping in mind there is no perfect device for everyone, we want to use the technology to enhance student learning.   Please see the list of allowed devices here.


Digital Citizenship and Literacy Workshop

“The awareness, attitude, and ability of individuals to appropriately use digital tools and facilities to identify, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, analyze and synthesize digital resources, construct new knowledge, create media expressions, and communicate with others, in the context of specific life situations, in order to enable constructive social action; and to reflect upon this process.” (Martin, 2006)

Our freshmen participate in this workshop within the first six weeks of school.  The curriculum involves having students learn to be able to think critically about the ethical opportunities and challenges of the digital world and makes safe, responsible, respective choices. 



FAQs Digital Initiative