Child Exploitation in Mining Cobalt

More than half of the world's supply of cobalt is mined from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Cobalt is a key element in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries required for mobile consumer products such as cellphones, laptops and other mobile devices. This shocking report from Sky News shows the exploitation of child labors as young as 4 years old in the cobalt mines in the DRC. It has been estimated by UNICEF in 2014 that as many as 40,000 child laborers ...

Check Twitter Settings

The use of Twitter by Donald Trump has prompted a hacker, WauchulaGhost, to point out security precautions to the President and also serve as an alert to any Twitter user. Many IB teachers use Twitter and post to IB-related hashtags # and follow @ postings relating to IB programmes. Hashtags, official and unofficial, include: #IBPYP #PYPinquiry #pypchat #PYPexhibition #mypnextchapter  #IBMYP #MYPchat #MYPSciences #mypphe #IBDP #ibtraining #ibgeog #IBGlobalPolitics #ibpsychology #IBprogrammes #IBcommunitystories #learnerprofile #InquiryBasedLearning #servicelearning #IBlearnerprofile #IBeducation #internationaleducation IB teachers also follow postings from accounts such as IBO, ...

Terminology – Getting ITGS Right

It is not possible to communicate ITGS unless an appropriate range of ITGS terminology has been developed.  This does not only mean for use in class discussions, but equally important for writing both documentation for ITGS Projects and responding to questions on ITGS examinations. Not all terminology that a student many need is explicitly stated, but most be acquired in context over the two years of studying ITGS. What is ITGS terminology? This refers to the words and phrases related to ...

ITGS Case Study 2017: Protocols and Standard Data Formats

ITGS Case Study 2017 makes reference to ANT+ protocol  and the standard data formats XML, GPX and TCM: "The first of these used new protocols such as ANT+ to connect the watch to other fitness devices (eg heart rate monitors, bicycle power meters, gym cross trainers, etc) to record other data on the device. The second prototype synchronized data with several different fitness websites and cloud storage using various standard data formats, such as XML." (ITGS Case Study 2017) The key ...

BIG IDEAS for ITGS Updated

The start of a new school year is the time to reflect on the BIG IDEAS that are central to the teaching and learning ITGS. Overview to THINKING ITGS Ideas central to an IB education (Learner Profile, international-mindedness, Approaches to learning and teaching (ATL) need to be integrated into ITGS. ITGS must also be firmly set in the Aims for Group 3 and those stated in the ITGS Guide ITGS TRIANGLE guides every activity and discussion and is the basis for ...

Resources: Case Study 2017 – Wearable Technologies

Case Study 2017 is focused on Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT) with the key challenges involving current and future issues related to the health and well-being of individuals. Challenges include these areas: Hardware and software Data End users Policies and practices Kita Health Tech (KHT)  is not a real technology. However, candidates are expected to conduct secondary research into real-life situations similar to Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT) and relate their findings to information collected through primary ...

Are we living through a Lens?

Two recent photos posted in the media and on Twitter are an abrupt awakening to how spectators are choosing to experience live events. The photo below was taken by John Blanding from the Boston Globe on 15 September 2015 at the premiere of  the movie Black Mass at the Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, Massachusetts. The photo shows spectators snapping photos of actors as they arrive at the theatre. However, there is one gray-haired lady that stands out from the crowd. No ...

Studying for Success on HL Paper 3

KEY IDEAS for May 2016 HL Paper 3 exam Online help for students Students must refer to both their secondary research and any primary investigations, visitations, interview or any other first-hand experiences they have had related to the  2016 Case Study SMART HOMES. The following sources provide a wealth of articles and guidance for the HL Paper 3 exam. Facebook group: ITGS Case Study 2016 Smart Homes ( resources and examples may be useful in responses) ITGSopedia Case Study and Paper ...

Part 2: Last Minute Tips for HL Paper 3

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Question 4 on HL Paper 3 requires specific references to secondary research and primary investigations. Let's take some sample responses and place them in order of detail about who, when, what, and findings. 1. Weak: "Some companies offer control panels for XYZ..." This could be an introductory sentence, but the next sentence needs to provide details. For example,  'In an news article about XYZ, the company ALCO produces a control panel that...' 2. Better: "A company in XYZ, Nest, offers devices for..." It ...

A Tribute to Dr. Marvin L. Minsky

On 24 January Dr. Marvin L. Minsky passed away at the age of 88. He was the co-founder of the MIT Media Lab. The following commemoration has been posted on the site: "Philosopher and scientist Marvin Minsky is universally regarded as one of the world's leading authorities in the field of artificial intelligence, having made fundamental contributions in the sectors of robotics and computer-aided learning technologies. In recent years he worked chiefly on imparting to machines the human capacity for common-sense ...