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 ...

The Next Step in the Evolution

Those of us who have been engaged in the on-going evolution of hardware, applications and online services have observed the continuing convergence of various components: mobile computing, cloud computing, social platforms, big data and analytics, and the internet-of-things. We now are advancing towards a new evolution in using computing devices. While most of the terminology is familiar, big data and the internet-of-things are relatively new. Big data refers large datasets and the analytics related to that data. Along with the processes ...

Social Bookmarking for ITGS

What is social bookmarking? A social bookmarking is the act of using an online service to add, edit, annotate and share bookmarks that have been tagged for webpages and web documents. The actual technique for social bookmarking using Diigo is presented on Expanding Your Web - Bookmarking DP Sources. So it will be assumed that you have setup your browser for bookmarking. What should be tagged? The question is what kinds of sources need to be bookmarked and how? ITGS depends upon news articles ...

Mindset for ITGS

ITGS is not like any other IB subject nor any other IT subject for that matter. It is unique in that the approach to all aspects of ITGS integrates "four" components in the way ITGS is studied and assessed. Not all parts may be addressed equally all the time, but overall the Triangle is a framework for the way we approach ITGS. It is a way of "thinking" about ITGS. Perhaps the "fourth" component is not immediately clear - Stakeholders. They are ...

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 ...