a book for the IB Diploma
Information 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 Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, 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.