Month: February 2016 (page 2 of 2)

InS 9: Social History project

History that acknowledges the experiences of ‘ordinary’ people and their ways of recording and telling their story.

See project and TSC here

Write your topic, sources and themes here

InS 9: Introduction to Social History

Columbus and the Native Americans.

What really happened and how do we see the social history of the Native Americans through their eyes?


Now that we’ve shared the three different histories of the Indians that Columbus encountered.

  • What would you say about them based on your reading?
  • How is our perception of them shaped by historians?
  • What themes did our readings focus on?
  • If there is a bias, where does it come from and how is it manifested?

Watch the simple animated video history,

Columbus on trial


  • Has your perspective of Columbus changed?
  • Of native americans?
  • How can you read history and be aware of biases?
  • If you were to write about columbus, what themes would you focus on, knowing that you cannot write everything about everything?
  • What themes did your readings choose?

Hyperlink your blogposts here


Watch the documentary on the Taino Indians

Homework for tomorrow:

Read the general history of the Arawak/Taino Indians.

Now with all of our new knowledge of these people, choose 3 themes  you feel would be best to organize a discussion of them?   Write a simple outline of that history, based on those three themes for tomorrow’s class. Ensure that your three themes would, together, give the best possible perspective of the Arawak.

We will discuss tomorrow.

IB HL: Extension and density of networks

IB Outcomes:

  • Examine the changes in a transport, internet or telecommunications network in terms of the extension of links and nodes and the intensity of use at a national or global scale.
  • Describe the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in civil society and the transmission and flow of images, ideas, information and finance.
  • Examine the contrasting rates, levels and patterns of adoption of an element of ICT in two countries.


What is the internet and how does the internet work?

The state of the internet

Internet world statistics

Internet saves the world

Nestle admits to using Slavery

Ms Wilson’s notes

Greenpeace forced Lego-Shell breakup

Greenpeace vs Barbie

Small group work: 

Group 1: 

1. What is civil society? Hint: look in the IB syllabus.

2. What does the term “Global Civil Society” mean?

3. List 3 examples where ICT has helped civil society to organise more effectively?

4. How has social networking influenced recent world events? Give at least one specific example.
Group 2: 

In your group, using, and the UN Digital Divide report, describe the following trends in Internet usage for 2 countries of your choice:

  1. Growth rate of internet users over time (population penetration)
  2. Differentiation by age group (digital divide)
  3. Regional inequalities within your country (digital divide)
  4. Point of access (home, work, internet cafes etc)
  5. Main usage (games, email, shopping etc.)
  6. Government restrictions

Then, Using the information you have collected, write a thesis statement answering the following question:

Examine the following statement: Elements of Information and Communication Technologies (such as the internet) have very different levels of adoption globally.”  [15 Marks]


Extension: The role of ICT is Civil Society

How Facebook Changed the World 

How is social media important in the current migration crisis in Europe?

The problem with free internet… according to a Maoist rebel.

With what you know about the benefits of internet access for development, is Net Neutrality a reasonable price to pay for universal internet access?

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