About ITGS in IB Diploma Programme:

"IB-ness" must be considered as it relates ITGS and to the use of SPISITGSWIKI resources:

Aspects of ITGS:

1. ITGS must be firmly set in the Aims for Group 3 and ITGS with the elements above that underpin IB programmes firmly embedded into the teaching and learning of ITGS.

2. Important strategies to understanding ITGS:

  • ITGS terminology and concepts must be understood - “ITGS terminology refers to both the IT technical terminology and the terminology related to social and ethical impacts.”

  • It is important to understand "how ITGS works". Students must be able to describe step-by-step IT processes.

  • Multimedia material (i.e. video and podcasts) is important to the ITGS learning experience.

  • Reading is not enough! Iinvestigations, practical and hands-on activities provide experience in using ITGS concepts.

  • ITGS must be placed in real contexts (actual scenarios from news articles, studying real situations that exemplify the information in the Guide)

  • Regular discussion and analysis of current news items relevant to ITGS need to be integrated into ITGS to prepare for the externally assessed components.

3. ITGS Project

  • Students need to follow an iterative development processes for the Project using the Product Development Life Cycle (PDLC).

  • Students must work closely with their client throughout the development of the project.

  • Successful projects follow the command terms and assessment objectives, adhere to the processes that must be completed, use the templates for the report (see ITGS Guide/TSM support material and project examples).

4. Paper 1 and Paper 2

  • Command terms (i.e. organized according to Bloom's Taxonomy) need to be used for discussions, assignments and in-class tests.

  • ITGS must be placed in real contexts through the frequent discussion of current news items with guiding questions structured according to Paper 1 and Paper 2

  • Write, write, write... frequent writing of Paper 1 and Paper 2 type questions is advised.

5. Case Study with Paper 3

  • Inquiry questions and scope of the secondary and primary research should be formulated from the onset

  • Secondary research must be conducted in order to understand the context of the case study

  • Primary research (investigations, vistations, presentations by relevant stakeholders) must be clearly stated and included in the answers on Paper 3

  • Wherever possible students should engage in collaborative research within the class or with other ITGS classes.

6. ITGS Extended Essay

  • Students must have a copy of the EE and follow the descriptions for the EE, criteria and ITGS specific information (pages 1-33, 112-118).

  • Independent research is an essential aspect of HL paper 3 and the Extended Essay

  • Students must develop an Extended Essay based on the criteria and a structured research process. Some of the topics and articles on ITGSopedia may help in identifying an area to investigate.

  • Students must regular consult at key stages with their supervising teacher.