Seeking ‘experts’ for IB ITGS students to interview

On December 1, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Madeleine Brookes

Can you help? Are you an expert in one of the following or know one?

My current grade 12 IB ITGS students at the Western Academy of Beijing need ‘experts’ to interview online or via email for their portfolio extension. They are 17-18 years old and have been (individually) investigating issues arising from the use of IT. Each student has produced a portfolio paper on their topic which is based on secondary research and now need to interview an ‘expert’ for further opinions for their extension. (The experts must be over the age of 18 and have first-hand experience of the topic.) Please, please would you think about your contacts and let me know if you are able to help? We are aiming to get these interviews done in the next couple of weeks (by Dec 17) – if possible! You can email me directly (madeleine_brookes@wab.edu) or leave a comment here.

Here is the list of what we need (in the words of the individual students):

Topic: The effect of SMS on language of high school students
Issue: The degradation of written language
Who you want to interview: a high school English teacher where the primary teaching language is English, a linguistic expert on spoken and written English.

Topic: Biometric Identification System in schools
Issue: Privacy issue
Who you want to interview: The organiser of the biometric system in a school. Principal of school which has the biometric system.

Topic: The use of remote Webcam technology to spy on kids
Issue: Privacy
Interviewers: A LANrev employee, and someone who opposes to use of technology to spy on kids

Topic: Health issues arising from the use of eBay to purchase medicine
Issue: Health
Interviewee wanted:
1. Manager or better working for an online auction/shopping website that allows medicine/drugs-shopping
2. Medic/Doctor/GP who knows auction/shopping websites

Topic: E-book piracy
Issue: The impact that E-book piracy is having on the publishing industry
People that I want to interview:
– Someone working in the publishing industry that is being affected by E-book piracy.
– An E-book pirate or uploader.

Topic: Google Earth Privacy issue
Issue: Privacy invasion ranging from personal to country
Who you want to interview: I have a secondary interviewee but I need the actual government person who might be censoring Google Earth or any kind of official people who might be doing this job in an organization censoring Google Earth for some reason.

Topic: A “iPhone Program” implemented in UK schools for students to rate teachers
Issue: Students abuse this power and teachers feel they have become slaves to student’s needs rather than how they should be doing their own method to teach.
Who you want to interview: An expert who knows a lot about how schools use technology to rate teachers.

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Getting Tool’ed up for ITGS

On August 16, 2010, in Madeleine Brookes, by Madeleine Brookes

Today was our first ITGS lesson where we focused on a cyber-orientation.

We started with our internal system, WAB Moodle which is our virtual learning environment where each physical class has a corresponding Moodle course. At WAB we use Moodle as a repository for class-specific resources, a place where homework is submitted and interact with the large variety of tools such as forums, wikis and glossaries. Now that Julie and I are flattening our classrooms and sharing our resources and collaborating in a variety of activities, I can see that the school-specific course is not going to get much mileage this year as I am hoping the most of our resources, forums and wikis will be open and available for all interested schools and ITGS students and I don’t want to be double-posting. Suggestions please!!

In terms of productivity tools, I had students set up Evernote and delicious accounts. The good news was that many students already had these in place thanks to some of our tech-savvy teachers from last year.

Evernote is a powerful note-taking tool and is free. It allows students to make numerous notebooks – we suggest at least one for each subject. Each note can be tagged and are automatically sync’ed to the server so that even if students lose their laptops or forget to backup, the notes can be accessed online and through other devices such as iPhones and iPads. This year we are promoting the use of Evernote throughout the MS and HS and have Evernote on our school image so that all students in MS and HS already have Evernote installed.

We also set up delicious accounts for our social networking. We would like to use diigo as this is the social bookmarking site used for ITGSopedia, however diigo is blocked here in Beijing. So this is our work-around for now until diigo is unblocked or we can access ‘legally’.

Finally we looked at ITGSopedia. I didn’t have time today but I will introduce the ITGS global tagging system used for the ITGSopedia diigo in hope that the students start to use these conventions in both delicious and Evernote. Time will tell!

I strongly encouraged students to use their school email addresses for these two accounts as they do have a tendency to use a number of email accounts and often forget the account name and/or passwords. One great new feature of Evernote allows encyption so students can enter their usernames and passwords into an Evernote accounts, highlight the password and then right-click to Encrypt Selected Text.

Next lesson we will look at the external ITGS resources: our ning and this blog so that we can get started with our first collaborative activity.

Welcome to insideITGS – our living resource

On June 21, 2010, in Madeleine Brookes, by Madeleine Brookes

insideITGS is a collaborative project that aims to document our exploration and delivery of the new IB Diploma Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course. Both Julie Lindsay (BISS) and myself, Madeleine Brookes (WAB) have been involved with ITGS for a number of years and have often shared resources and ideas. Now that we are both here in Beijing and both teaching the new course from August 2010, our idea is to take our collaboration to the next level by providing a learning community where our students in both schools can collaborate, share ideas and learn together. This blog will be our record of our endeavors and a living resource that is accessible for all ITGS teachers and students from around the world; a resource that you can dip into, contribute to and most importantly, become part of our grass-roots, international learning community.

We begin in August 2010 with our new Grade 11 students in our two schools, the Western Academy of Beijing and Beijing (BISS) International School. Wherever you are in the world, please visit us regularly to see our progress and share your views, opinions and resources.

Above all, let’s work together to get the GLOBAL happening in ITGS.

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