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News Flash: Change for M18 HL Paper 1 Section B

This news flash may have escaped your attention. It was posted on 29 Jan 2018 to DP Coordinators. From the May 2018 examination session onwards, Section B of ITGS HL Paper 1 will consist of three questions from which candidates must answer one. This will mean that on page 44 of the ITGS Course Guide the text for Section B should read as follows: Section B Students answer one of three structured questions based on the HL extension topics.  What does ...

How to Prepare Students for ITGS Examinations?

The months time between the Mock Examinations and the M18 ITGS Examinations is an intensive time for preparing students for  upcoming exams. Some starting points that may be incredibly helpful for guiding ITGS students: The M17 ITGS Subject Report is most comprehensive in giving helpful guidelines for writing responses on papers. Even though the M17 Subject Report is long, it is well worth the many cups of coffee that it will take to go through it in detail and glean out ...

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 ...

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 ...

PADagogy Wheel 4.1 Update

Allan Carrington's Padagogy Wheel 4.1 has undergone a number of iterations over the years. It encourages educators to use and adapt the Padagogy Wheel under Creative Commons license 3.0. The most recent English version 4.1 has set a notable target for creating the Padagogy Wheel in 22 other languages by the end of 2016.     The current  Padagogy Wheel Poster 4.1 can be printed as an A3 or A2 size poster or used electronically by clicking on the links on the online ...

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 ...

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