Information Technology in a Global Society

ITGS textbook coverInformation Technology in a Global Society for the IB Diploma is the first textbook designed specifically for the IB ITGS course, and is available now from,, and a variety of book shops. You can also view a detailed table of contents and download a free sample chapter.

This site supports the book with additional lesson plans, exercises, links to useful software, and other ITGS teaching resources.

Unlike the general computer science textbooks currently used by many ITGS teachers, this book is written specifically with the IB ITGS course requirements in mind, and covers all components of the new ITGS syllabus (first exams May 2012), including the Higher Level (HL) topics. It is fully illustrated with over 300 photographs, diagrams, and charts.

The book is designed for all ITGS students, from those with little or no previous IT knowledge to those with extensive experience. Early chapters introduce the ITGS core elements - the social and ethical issues, hardware, and software - with clear explanations for beginners and extended examples for more advanced students. The text then progresses through essential IT Systems including networks and models and simulations, always integrating each element of the ITGS triangle, and fully supporting the explanations with practical activities and links to real life examples.

The second half of the book covers the ITGS Specific Scenarios (formerly Areas of Impact), where students can apply their knowledge of IT systems and social and ethical issues to each of the required areas: business and employment, education, environment, health, home and leisure, and politics and government.

Each chapter of the book includes student exercises (over 200 in total), from practical activities to classroom discussion points. Practice examination questions cover the full range of ITGS command terms from basic 'identify' and 'state' questions to extended response questions requiring detailed analysis and evaluation, to ensure students are fully prepared for examinations. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) links help ensure integration with the IB core hexagon. A full glossary of ITGS and extended IT terminology is included, fully indexed and with clear definitions.

The book is available from,, and a variety of book shops.

What's New

What's New

2 June 2014 A section has been added with some resources for the 2015 Case Study, which was released last week and is entitled Asociación de Supermercados Independientes - An investigation into Big Data.

12 May 2014 Small update to the Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Expert Systems page with some resources for the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge for disaster and rescue robots.

29 April 2014 Update to the ITGS films and movies page with some new documentary films that tackle issues related to professional video game playing and video game addiction - great for teaching the Home Á Leisure or Health units. A couple of new feature films that examine ITGS related issues have also been added.

25 March 2014 The past papers list has been updated to cover exam papers from May and November 2013. The topic(s) for each question are listed to make finding the right past paper easy. You can download it here.

16 March 2014 New resources for the Cobb Publishing case study, particularly focused on Digital Rights Management (DRM), self-publishing, and the possibilities of enhanced e-books.

22 February 2014 Some new resources on the 2014 Case Study page - Cobb Publishing.

24 January 2014 A small update with a new activity to help teach disk fragmentation from section 3.2 Software of the ITGS syllabus.

21 January 2014 With mock season coming up I have added a few sets of keyword bingo cards that are useful for revising key ITGS terms. Student cards and teacher clues have been added for Business and Employment, Models and Simulations, and Databases. There are also versions for hardware and software, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, and networks already online. All files can be found on the respective pages. There are also Taboo / Forbidden Words cards for the Digital Media topic.

30 November 2013 More than twenty new articles and resources added to the Networks, Politics and Government, Business and Employment, and Wider reading pages.

10 November 2013 Two new books added to the wider reading page: Zero Day, an excellent thriller about a terrorist group committing cyber-attacks across the globe, and Ghost in the Wires, the story of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick.

3 November 2013
Just a small update with some news articles added to the education page (especially relating to MOOCs) and a couple of useful sites for news articles relating to robotics. A few broken links removed.

1 September 2013
A small update to the wider reading section with a couple of ITGS related books I have read recently.

17 August 2013 A few updates across the site ready for the new academic year (for May schools, at least). There have been updates with new links and resources on the Business and Employment, Models and Simulations, Politics and government (especially cyberwarfare), multimedia, security, AI & robotics, Education, and IT Systems in Organisations pages.

13 July 2013 I've added a new section with a list of movies that are useful for teaching ITGS. The list includes documentaries and feature films that raise the ITGS social and ethical issues. Many are very useful for starting classroom discussions. You can view the list here.

View previous updates here.