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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ultimate Guide to the ITGS Project

The ITGS Project has undergone a number of changes since the first Guide was introduced in 2010 for first examination in 2012. An updated Guide was made available at the beginning of 2016. However, it may have gone unnoticed due to the similarity of the name of the Guide. Since first-year students and students in November examination schools are now in the midst of developing their ITGS Projects, now seems to be the best opportunity to list all of the IB ...

NEW Case Study 2017 Now Available!

The new Case Study 2017:  Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT)  is now available for teacher download from the Online Curriculum Center! It is not easy to find. It is located as the very last item under Assessments. The release of this Case Study 2017 is very well-timed. Students now have sufficient time to focus on gathering information from both secondary research and personal investigations for their May 2017/November 2017 HL Paper 3 examination. It is also a Case Study ...

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

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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 ...