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Overview

Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have a critical role in enhancing the learning process at all levels and across a broad range of activities in each of the National Curriculum subject areas. Through the use of ICTs in the curriculum, we are helping students become knowledgeable about the nature of information, comfortable with the technology and able to exploit its potential. The overall philosophy is to use ICT whenever its speed, power, graphics or interactive potential can enhance and extend the quality of work being undertaken by students. It is used to develop logical thinking, problem solving and control techniques and also to give confidence and the capability to use ICTs in later life.

Our main goal is equipping and empowering students, rather than merely transferring knowledge – guiding students in learning to learn. We believe students are eager to learn and with guidance they will seek out and discover knowledge on their own.

In the BYOD program we aim to establish an environment and a relationship with children where they can feel safe, comfortable and are able to be encouraged to push themselves to the best of their abilities in all learning areas.

Milton State School's Digital Technologies Program incorporates coding, robotics, 3D printing, virtual reality devices, and website and app design. We are currently introducing a new Makerspace Area in our school using LittleBits and Makey Makey resources, and plan to embed this in our teaching practices over the coming year. 

Our Success

Not only did Milton State School embed a BYOD Program for every student across grade 1 - 6 in 2015, we have worked hard at seamlessly incorporating Coding and Robotics into our daily curriculum. Our initiative in developing a 3D printing Program in our school, working towards embedding the Makerspace concept and upskilling each of our staff ​members within all of these areas is one of our priorities. Milton State School is now recognised as one of the few schools to be successfully embedding STEM curriculum in the Primary Sector within other Learning Areas. Due to our success in these areas our Head of eLearning is requested to host walk throughs and learning opportunities for other schools and teachers who want to know what we are doing and how we are doing it! We are excited to be leading the way with Technology! 

During 2015 we were commended by the Apple Education Team in seamlessly incorporating the iPads in our years 1 - 3 year levels. Our use of the devices as a learning tool assisted us with the improvement of student outcomes in Literacy. Our teachers were congratulated in how they have embedded this technology and have been called on as Lead Teachers in this area. Our Head of eLearning, Master Teacher and Year 2 Teaching Team have also completed an Action Research Project with the Department of Education and Training. We noted a shift in learning and engagement with improved results in our Year Two cohort. We are excited to share our success with you during 2016 when DET releases this research. Our Grade 4-6 teaching team have worked with Microsoft in ensuring that each of our year levels achieve the same success when embedding technology into their classrooms. We are excited about what lies ahead for Milton State School!

Milton State School's Program and Success was showcased by Educator Online where we were recognised as an Innovative School.​ We have recently been exploring emerging technologies including drones and virtual / augmented reality devices, as well as experiencing success in numerous robotics programs - watch the Queensland Science video​ for examples.​​​