Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Do you own a portable phone? tablet? computer? Who do you/would you trust with the passwords, pins, puks, for the physical machines? Do you know how many online accounts do you have?  Who do you/would you trust with the passwords, security questions' answers, login names? If you were to die, what would happen to your digital legacy? Consider your e-commerce and banking  accounts, stored value accounts (Bitcoin wallet, PayPal),  social media, email, cloud-backup and gaming accounts, accounts containing your intellectual property (writing, ...

The IB Learner Profile, ATL and Anti-Plagiarism Software

I recently found myself involved in the review of a school's Academic Honesty Policy, which led me to some background reading, which (as often happens) caused me to fall down an internet rabbit hole: First stop: NPR ED "Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software" (August 25, 2014, Heard on All Things Considered) [audio mp3="https://blogs.osc-ib.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20140825_atc_turnitin_and_the_high-tech_plagiarism_debate.mp3"] Coming as I do from the IB world, this phrase in the post caught my eye: The fact that anti-plagiarism software can't tell the difference between accidental and intentional plagiarism is just one reason ...

academic honesty

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all students what academic honesty (AH) is , and why its important. I have taken all material in quotations, directly from the IBO policy document on Academic Honesty The IBO policy on AH very much focuses on the "values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice". From the learner Profile under Principled, can be found....  "(IB Learners...) act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the ...

Top Story of 2013: The Struggle to Control Knowledge

The top news stories of any year often spotlight knowledge – new discoveries, for instance, or technological achievements.  In 2013, however, I’d say that some of the biggest debates centred on control of knowledge.  Are all means to gain knowledge ethically acceptable?  Who are the appropriate gatekeepers for access to knowledge, and how fierce is the fence they erect?  Who gains and controls the benefits that come from knowledge?  Who owns knowledge? Probably the hottest controversy has flared up over government ...

A puzzling approach to recruitment

In the days of the Cold War and James Bond, recruitment to the security services was through a clandestine ‘nod and a wink’, a tap on the shoulder or a whisper in university corridors. Historically, particularly bright students were invited for a “cup of tea and a chat” by the intelligence service. It was who knew whom, and certainly not a transparent process. However, the UK intelligence agency, MI5, has been openly advertising for recruits since the 1990s. However, with the ...