Information Technology in a Global Society for the Ib Diploma: Black and White Edition Paperback – 20 Dec 2011
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Information Technology in a Global Society is the first textbook written specifically for the new IB ITGS syllabus, covering IT systems, social impacts and ethical issues, and each area of application. The text provides engaging content that blends clear examples of technical concepts with consideration of social issues. Discussion points for extended independent learning and complete, modern examples are included to enhance teaching and understanding, and ensure students get the best possible experience from the ITGS course. A free sample chapter is available on the book's web site, itgstextbook.com. Textbook features include:
- Clear objectives for each chapter, tied directly to the ITGS syllabus, so you can be sure that all aspects of the course are being covered.
- Course content is explained through clear and up to date examples, plus historical context.
- Over 200 varied exercises, mixing ethical discussion points, classroom exercises, practical activities, and exam style questions to cover the syllabus content from a variety of assessment angles. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) links are included, enabling integration with the IB core hexagon.
- Common mistakes and misconceptions are highlighted so students can avoid them.
- Key language review for every chapter, plus a complete glossary of ITGS terminology.
- Over 300 diagrams, photographs, and illustrations to bring topics alive.
- Fully cited examples in every chapter mean students can extend their learning with wider reading—an essential part of IB courses.
- Free online support to extend learning with additional case studies, links, and activities (itgstextbook.com).
About the Author
Stuart Gray has been teaching in international schools for ten years. He has extensive experience of teaching the IB Information Technology in a Global Society course with a variety of students, including second language learners. In Tanzania he was responsible for planning and implementing the ITGS course for the school's first intake of IB students. He has been an IB examiner and currently works at Academia Británica Cuscatleca in El Salvador.
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The first chapters are well set up for students with little knowledge of hardware and software. The list of terms at the end of each chapter make it easy to keep track of what you need to know after each topic. The organisation of chapters makes it easy to teach starting on any topic - you don't need to follow the book chapter by chapter, though you can if you want. I like the way the author points out common mistakes that students often make in exams.
Each chapter has exercises and revision tasks to help students apply knowledge. I much prefer these to the basic word-matching and gap filling that you find in a lot of textbooks. The books website is useful in that it has extra activities and starter tasks that can be downloaded for free.
One criticism is that the book is only available in black and white, but everything is still clear and this does make it good value and more affordable than a colour book.