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Thursday, July 28 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
"Bac" to the Future: The International Baccalaureate's Technology Transformation

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The International Baccalaureate's three programmes, covering the 3 - 19 years primary and secondary market, is increasingly recognized as being fit for 21st century educational needs. The organization is growing in size with almost 4000 programmes being offered in over 135 countries, including 1300 schools in the USA. Join Director General Jeffrey Beard as he explains how the IB is utilizing technology to transform the organization by building an increasingly networked and collaborative infrastructure across its three global centres. 


Specifically, Director General Beard will explain how techology is playing a major role in the organization's transformation in four major areas:

  1. How the IB is linking together its three global centres, installing enabling technology to allow staff to network seamlessly across borders.
  2. How the IB is upgrading and enhancing its online curriculum centre, assessment capabilties and other tools to better link IB schools and teachers together for enhanced collaboration.
  3. How curriculum content and design is being enhanced to improve learning through technology and tools. This is being coupled with a major investment in online diploma courses.
  4. Finally, the IB has recently built and launched an alumni-network tool through a collaboration with ePals that brings former IB students and members of the greater IB community together. 


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Jeffrey Beard

About Jeffrey BeardManager, International Baccalaureate Organization, Bethesda, MD Jeffrey R Beard joined the International Baccalaureate® (IB) in September 2005 and became director general in January 2006, following the retirement of George Walker.Born and educated in the United... Read More →

Thursday July 28, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

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