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Digital Technologies into Numeracy

Tagai State College, QLD

Tagai State College is a collection of 17 individual schools spread out across 48,000 square kilometres of sea in the Torres Strait. More than 1,500 students are in Kindergarten to Year 12, with 92 per cent of students speaking a language other than English at home.

Extreme isolation puts the students at a great disadvantage compared with many students in mainland Australia. Students’ computer skills are generally poor, as less than 20 per cent have access to computers in their home. Similarly, Tagai’s performance in NAPLAN numeracy tests is considerably below the national average. The school has made it a priority to improve its numeracy results and its students’ digital technology skills.

As a first step, Tagai State College recently held a digital technologies camp to expose students, staff and Indigenous teacher aides to a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities. This included training students in how to program and fly drones. The camp also trained the teacher aides in technology, as these staff – because of their cultural and language backgrounds and their longevity at the school - are crucial to the students’ learning success and the sustainability of any program.

The school now seeks support to purchase a range of technology, including drones, iPads and robotics kits, that its students can use at their individual campuses. Funding will also support the continuing professional development of teachers and teacher aides so they can lead ongoing STEM learning activities across the school. This project will expose hundreds of Torres Strait children to the type of technologies and skills that are relevant, engaging and will open up job pathways in local industries such as tourism and environmental sciences.

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Tagai State College

THURSDAY ISLAND, QLD

www.tagaisc.eq.edu.au

Tagai State College is a collection of 17 individual schools spread out across 48,000 square kilometres of sea in the Torres Strait. More than 1,500 students are in Kindergarten to Year 12, with 92 per cent of students speaking a language other than English at home.

Extreme isolation puts the students at a great disadvantage compared with many students in mainland Australia. Students’ computer skills are generally poor, as less than 20 per cent have access to computers in their home. Similarly, Tagai’s performance in NAPLAN numeracy tests is considerably below the national average. The school has made it a priority to improve its numeracy results and its students’ digital technology skills.

As a first step, Tagai State College recently held a digital technologies camp to expose students, staff and Indigenous teacher aides to a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities. This included training students in how to program and fly drones. The camp also trained the teacher aides in technology, as these staff – because of their cultural and language backgrounds and their longevity at the school - are crucial to the students’ learning success and the sustainability of any program.

The school now seeks support to purchase a range of technology, including drones, iPads and robotics kits, that its students can use at their individual campuses. Funding will also support the continuing professional development of teachers and teacher aides so they can lead ongoing STEM learning activities across the school. This project will expose hundreds of Torres Strait children to the type of technologies and skills that are relevant, engaging and will open up job pathways in local industries such as tourism and environmental sciences.

Tagai State College

THURSDAY ISLAND,

www.tagaisc.eq.edu.au