What’s new? M16 HL Paper 1 and SL Paper 1

By Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1

Paper setting teams have been given  the following guidelines for developing examination questions for M16 Paper 1 examinations and beyond. The Specimen Papers that will be published use the May 2015 papers. This is just to illustrate the new structure of the HL Paper 1 rather than give an example of the type of question candidates will get on the paper. All that has been done is that we have collapsed the questions in Sections B and C into a new ...

What’s new in ITGS?

By Friday, February 12, 2016 , , 1

There are several significant changes that have taken place in ITGS. This is a one-stop listing to make certain everyone is up-to-date. The new ITGS Guide that was posted in January 2016 which appears inside the Guide. The cover does not indicate any change from the former cover. There are two major revisions: Project assessment criteria for May 2015 session and onwards HL Paper 1 and SL Paper 1 for May 2016 session and onwards ITGS Project for May 2015 and onwards Both Criterion E and ...

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 ...

Happy 25th Birthday – ITGS

ITGS will be 25 years old this month! At the end of October 1990, members of the Computing Studies Subject Committee (now called Computer Science) met to write the Proposal for a Pilot Program for Information Technology in a Global Society.  ITGS was "born". Over the years, I have stack away ITGS documentation: the Proposal, the ITGS Guide for the Pilot programme and the various versions of ITGS Guides. It is amazing to see how the topics and approach to teaching ...

Google – a new look!

Last month a new logo appeared on our screens in a new child-like typeface 'Product Sans'. In its simplicity, it is the most significant change in Google's logo history not only in design, but in the impact that it may have. This new design is intended to look good everywhere across all platforms and even the smallest of screen sizes. Change is not new to Google. Google has brought many new services over the years that have had significant impact our ...

Chicken and Egg Problem

By Monday, September 14, 2015 No tags 0

Following IB developments is a 'chicken and egg' problem. What came first? What is old? What is current? The main source for all IB educators is the Online Curriculum Center (OCC). However, the biggest challenge in following the content on the OCC is knowing the dates of when the various documents and websites were made available. This is quite straight forward for printed documents. The date is printed in the document. Where documentation is only posted online, it is necessary to ...

Research – ITGS Project

By Friday, September 11, 2015 No tags 0

Students generally have some experience in using the various IT tools, applications and online services that may be needed to make an IT product: experience in creating and editing sounds, images, video and other components access to applications for creating websites, DTP products, databases and other products knowledge of how to use online components for accomplishing a particular task (i.e. creating calendars, finding locations on maps, sending emails, code for particular effects, etc.) awareness of online services for hosting (i.e. ...

Drones Overhead

By Wednesday, September 9, 2015 No tags 0

Two recent articles relating to the use of drones to collect information indicate new levels of inter-connectivity of IT systems. Summaries of the articles are provided below. Drones detect IoT devices over Texas The drone used for the detection over Austin, Texas, is fully autonomous and runs on software that logs the location of all connected things within a 100m range. The drone picked up 1,600 unique IoT devices, (1,235 in residential areas, 351 in commercial areas). The results are then analysed ...

Resources-2016 Case Study Smart Homes

By Monday, September 7, 2015 No tags 0

Many HL ITGS students are now returning after the summer holidays and their attention is turning towards the 2016 Case Study focused on Smart Homes for their May 2016 Paper 3 examination. Over the summer a wealth of resources have been emerging to support the investigation of this topic. All are available to students and teachers. Facebook Group: 2016 Case Study One of the starting points for investigating the case study is to understand the terminology and IT systems in the case ...

Creating Silence-Spaces in Schools

I just recently purchased good noise-cancelling headphones to block the roar of motors and the general noise whenever traveling on planes. The headphones are simply brilliant because, not only do they block in-coming noise so that the sound from on-board systems can be clearly heard, but they also block other passenger from being distracted by what I am listening to. Without these headsets I found that I was forced to turn up the sound controls to full volume and was constantly ...