An Introduction to Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)

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Students of group 3 subjects study individuals and societies. This means that they explore the interactions between humans and their environment in time and place. As a result, these subjects are often known collectively as the human sciences or social sciences. The IB Diploma Programme information technology in a global society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts. Although ITGS shares methods of critical investigation and analysis with other social sciences, it also considers social and ethical considerations that are common to other subjects in group 3. Students come into contact with IT on a daily basis because it is so pervasive in the world in which we live. This increasingly widespread use of IT inevitably raises important questions with regard to the social and ethical considerations that shape our society today. ITGS offers an opportunity for a systematic study of these considerations, whose range is such that they fall outside the scope of any other single discipline. The nature of the subject is defined by the use of fundamental ITGS terms. For the purpose of the ITGS syllabus the following definitions apply.
  • Information technology (IT) is the study, design, development, implementation, support or maintenance of computer-based information systems.
  • Social and ethical significance refers to the effects that the development, implementation and use of information technology has on individuals and societies. Social impacts and ethical considerations are not mutually exclusive and are therefore categorized as a single entity. However, in general: – social impacts tend to refer to the effects of IT on human life – ethical considerations tend to refer to the responsibility and accountability involved in the design and implementation of IT.
  • An information system is a collection of people, information technologies, data, processes and policies organized to accomplish specific functions and solve specific problems. ITGS has links with subjects not included in group 3, notably computer science, but it should be noted that there are clear differences between the subjects.

Source: Information technology in a global society guide. 2012 onward.

Learning Goals

EXPLAIN the key components of the ITGS triangle.
IDENTIFY examples of information technology.
ANALYZE a scenario using the ITGS triangle:

Learning Resources

Google Apps Tutorials

BBC Click
BBC Bitesize ICT
Fast Company
New York Times Tech

Required Reading
Information Technology in a Global Society, Stuart Gray. 1st Edition. © 2012 Stuart Gray. ISBN 9781468023619. Pages 1-12.This textbook has been developed independently of the International Baccalaureate ® This book was written specifically for the ITGS course, covering technical systems, social impacts and ethical issues, and each area of application.

Digital Planet: Tomorrow’s Technology And You, George and Ben Beekman. 10th Edition. © 2012 Pearson Education. ISBN 9780132091251.
Pages 2-35. This book explains how various technologies work, how they are used to solve problems and extend human capabilities, and how our ever-growing network of digital devices affect our lives, our world, and our future.

Gift of Fire, Sara Baase. 4th Edition. (C) 2013 Pearson Education. ISBN 978013249267-6.
Pages 1-45. This book examines the Social, Legal, and Ethical issues related to Computing Technologies.

Learning Activities

Week 1
Intro A
ITGS Syllabus and Subject Guide Overviews
ITGS Command Terms pre and post tests
Read ITGS Introduction (Green Book)

Intro B
Article Tagging
All ITGS students should develop the habit of skimming over the BBC News Technology section DAILY to keep abreast of recent IT news. This will help with your preparations for Paper 2. The following activity has been designed to help you make connections between the recent IT news that you are reading with the topics in the ITGS guide.

Tag and categorize emerging ITGS news with Diigo.
>>>Setup Diigo accounts and join the HHS ITGS Diigo Group.
>>>Diigo Overview.
Diigo Amigo
Tagging Articles with Diigo Google Presentation by Michael B.
How to download Diigo Chrome extension, tag, and annotate articles with Diigo Screencasts by Katrina C.
Part 1 of 4.
Part 2 of 4.
Part 3 of 4.
Part 4 of 4.

1-Read today's BBC News Technology section.
2-Open the ITGS Article Tagging Template (attached). Resave the template in your drive as Your Last Name Article Tagging 031414. Change sharing settings to "anyone with the link can edit".
3-Identify and tag 5 articles. Submit the link to the shared document via Edmodo [15 marks].
See the Diigo Resources at the bottom of the Welcome to ITGS HHS ITGS Wiki page for additional guidance.


ANALYZE a scenario using the ITGS triangle:

1. Review the resources that were posted to the ITGS Diigo Group on your own.
2. Form groups of 3.
3. Select two of the tagged resources. DISCUSS the articles with your group. For each resource on a piece of notebook paper:
>>>DESCRIBE the key stakeholders
>>>DESCRIBE the IT systems involved
>>>DESCRIBE the area of application (Business, Health, Politics, Home & Leisure, Education, Enviroment).
>>>EXPLAIN the social impacts caused by the technology (positive and negative).
>>>EXPLAIN the ethical issues caused by the technology (positive and negative).

Complete Exercises 1-7 and 1-8 from page 11 (ITGS Textbook).

Intro D
First Triangle Analysis

ANALYZE a scenario using the ITGS triangle:
Read: Engineers Create a Titanium Rib Cage Worthy of Wolverine
Sign into Google Drive. Open the ITGS Article Analysis Template. Select File>Make a Copy. Rename the document Your Last Name First Triangle. Complete the analysis as directed. Bold ITGS Key Terms. Cite all sources appropriately with Easybib. Change the sharing settings to "anyone with the link can EDIT", copy the link, and submit via Edmodo (First Triangle).

Watch the following videos:

Setup the following accounts, software, and extensions on your home computer.
Like the suggested Facebook Groups
Follow the suggested Twitter feeds.

Techsmith Sign up
Adobe ID
Install Jing
Install Last Pass Chrome Extension
Install Snagit (Chrome Extension)
Install (Chrome Extention)

Suggested Twitter Follows:
NPR All Tech Considered
ITGS Textbook
BBC News Tech
New York Times Tech

Suggested Facebook Likes:
BBC News Tech
New York Times Tech
Fast Company