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.
Not only did Milton State School embed a BYOD Program for every student across grades 1 - 6 in 2015, we have worked hard at seamlessly incorporating Coding and Robotics into our curriculum.
During 2015 we were commended by the Apple Education Team for 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.
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 virtual / augmented reality devices, as well as experiencing success in numerous robotics programs - watch the Queensland Science video for examples.