Here is an account from our Computing teacher Mr Greenwood on his recent invitation to contribute to the development of the new Digital Society IB Diploma course.
Last week I flew to The Hague, the seat of government of The Netherlands, having been invited by the IBO to a development meeting for the next version of the Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course in the IB Diploma Programme. The development team was made up of five other international school teachers along with curriculum and subject managers from the IB.
ITGS is the study of information technologies in a global society. In it, students consider the impacts (positive and negative, seen and unforeseen) on how we live and work. I have been teaching this course since I arrived at TES in 2013, and in that time we have been very happy to see a marked improvement in grades. Over 40% of TES students achieved a grade 6 or 7 in the last two years, which is significantly higher than world averages (15.93% at HL, 11.26% at SL last year). We have also seen the reputation of the course grow, with 24 students now taking the course in H3.
The exceptional performance of our students, and my passion for the subject, led to my being invited to contribute to the development of the new course at the IB Global Centre, which was hugely exciting for me, and great news for our students.
Called Digital Society, the new course is rooted firmly in the social sciences and humanities, drawing from key theorists about the role of technology in the human experience. The course will embrace the intellectual heft brought by theorists including Durkheim, Weber and Foucault, as well as contemporary thinkers in the field to provide students with all the critical thinking skills they need to thrive in today’s (and tomorrow’s) networked age.
Digital Society will be first taught in 2021.