ITGS H3 Mr Greenwood (JAG). IB Information Technology in a Global Society Introduction to the course. IGCSE : many similarities and differences Depth vs. breadth Content Assessment Teaching University preparation Criticality (links with TOK). Introduction to the course.
Mr Greenwood (JAG)
SOCIAL & ETHICAL SIGNIFICANCE
Positive & negative impacts, ethical questions raised
APPLICATION TO SPECIFIC SCENARIOS
The area of society affected (health, government, education, etc)
The people affected by the issues and the IT systems
The technology behind the social and ethical issues, and how it works
“Issues of social and ethical significance can arise whenever IT is used. These issues have social impacts - positive or negative - on stakeholders. Impacts affect stakeholders in a variety of ways including economically, legally and psychologically. [...] Often, a single IT system causes several social impacts and raises several ethical questions.”
- Gray, p4
Examples of topics include:
The digital divide
Reliability and integrity
Privacy and anonymity
Standards and protocols
Case study: the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative
What are the impacts?
Who are the stakeholders?
What can you add?
“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.”
- Mark Weiser
ITGS examines the impact of these technologies in six specific areas:
Although ITGS focuses on the social and ethical significance of IT, students need to study the underlying technology as well. This strand examines how these systems work in order to understand how they affect society.
All IT systems consist of:
… and most will communicate this data via networks
Due on Monday