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 ...

What’s new in ITGS?

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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 ...

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 ...

Lesson: How BIG is Facebook?

A recent blog post for DP students highlights key ideas from the YouTube video, How Big is Facebook? Not only is the content highly relevant to ITGS, but it is an opportunity for students to interact with each other as they watch the 14 minute clip. This blog will not repeat the ideas stated in that student blog: How BIG is Facebook?, but will focus on how can we interact with the information presented in the video and setup a ...

Sochi: Winter Olympics 2014 Opening Ceremony

For anyone who watched the two and a half hour opening of the 16-day Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, they witnessed exactly what the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee promised “the most technologically innovative ceremony ever.” Sochi Games Open as Giant Snowflake Malfunction Mars High-Tech Glitz   article also highlights the outstanding ceremony, but also points out one major flaw - a giant snowflake did not transform as it should have into one of the olympic rings. Glitch Mars Sochi Winter Olympics Ceremony However,  ...

The BIG Ideas in ITGS

May session schools are now starting-up and November session schools are well into the school year. This seems to be an ideal time for a checklist of BIG Ideas for teaching and learning ITGS. BIG Ideas... (no order of importance): ITGS must be firmly set in the Aims for Group 3 and the goals that underpin IB programmes: IB mission statement, learner profile, international-mindedness that lead to embedding the 'G' in ITGS. Moreover, ITGS students must follow policies set out for ...