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Further Readings for the
International Bacalaureat A1/2/B English Course

This list is merely suggestive of what materials are available in English to teachers and students for their work on the IB topics Change(B syllabus) Future/Change (A1 and A2 Syllabi). If you would like to submit further ideas and suggestions for publication on this site, e-mail it to g3x3@bigfoot.com and I will do the necessary formatting.

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Design for Living?

The goal of this work is to develop an approach to the design of on-line social environments. My thesis is that, in order to foster the development of vibrant and viable online communities, the environment - i.e. the technical infrastructure and user interface - must provide the means to communicate social cues and information: the participants must be able to perceive the social patterns of activity and affiliation and the community must be able to evolve a fluid and subtle cultural vocabulary.

Internet Communities of the Future.

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is an initiative within University College London
to develop emerging computer technologies in several disciplines which deal with geography,
space, location, and the built environment.

Human Space Technologies: The Final Frontier?

City of Bits is a comprehensive introduction to a new type of city, a largely invisible but increasingly important system of virtual spaces interconnected by the emerging information superhighway. William Mitchell makes extensive use of concrete, practical examples and illustrations in a technically well-grounded yet accessible examination of architecture and urbanism in the context of the digital telecommunications revolution, the ongoing miniaturization of electronics, the commodification of bits, and the growing domination of software over materialized form.

The growing domination of software over materialized form.

Spatial Arrangements of a Monumental Nature

18th Century 'Space Odyssey.'

Boullée est l'un des grands architectes visionnaires du 18e siècle. Il s'impose comme théoricien et pédagogue durant la Révolution. L'exposition présente ses dessins, conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France, et le texte intégral de son Essai sur l'art.

Another 18th Century 'Space Odyssey.'

Change is accelerating, but the places we create are largely static and unresponsive. Changing Places is a research consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that explores how new technologies, materials, and strategies for design can make possible dynamic, evolving places that respond to the complexities of life. An expansion of House_n: the MIT Home of the Future Consortium, this joint Media Laboratory and Department of Architecture Consortium emphasizes links between the home and places of healing, work, learning, and community.

'House_n' of MIT

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris was born in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, 1887. Trained as an artist, he travelled extensively through Germany and the East. In Paris he studied under Auguste Perret and absorbed the cultural and artistic life of the city. During this period he developed a keen interest in the synthesis of the various arts. Jeanneret-Gris adopted the name Le Corbusier in the early 1920s

One of the Great 20th Architects.

As Above.

Again, one of the Great 20th Architects.

Mi casa es su casa.

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Virtual Communities

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A sentence restructuring exercise, based on a CNN article on this Islamic Festival. A link to the article is included.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Letter writing practice from a fascinating article on this Greek island in 'Move' Magazine. A link to the article is included.

Level: Intermediate

Comprehension questions and linguistic exercises to be used in conjunction with CNN Newsroom and Worldview for ESL and The Wordsmyth English-Dictionary Thesaurus.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Comprehension questions and linguistic exercises to be used in conjunction with CNN Newsroom and Worldview for ESL and The Wordsmyth English-Dictionary Thesaurus.

Level: Intermediate

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

An introductory worksheet for this fascinating site.
Level: Intermediate
A story writing/vocabulary exercise using the Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus. Ideal for pair or group work.
Level: Intermediate

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Worksheets on Literary Texts

Level: Advanced

Level: Intermediate

A link to an online version of the story is included in this worksheet
A link to the 2001 Internet Resource Archive is included in this worksheet

A series of short questions on the chapters, essay titles and significant passages for commentary

Questions on the principal characters in the play.

Word Puzzles on CNN Newsroom and Worldview

Wordsearch. Click here to see the CNN exercise in a new window.
Level: Intermediate
Wordsearch. Click here to see the CNN exercise in a new window.
Level: Intermediate
Wordsearch. Click here to see the CNN exercise in a new window.
Level: Intermediate
Wordsearch. Click here to see the CNN exercise in a new window.
Level: Intermediate
Criss-Cross puzzle. Click here to see the CNN exercise in a new window.
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Criss-Cross puzzle. Click here to see the CNN exercise in a new window.
Level: Advanced


The Music is the Message¨

(An exhibit at The newMetropolis Center for Science and Technology in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Algorithmic Soundtrack Creation
using the YAV Music Engineª and Adaptive Musicª

Adaptive Music (tm), a term coined by Christopher Yavelow, relies on a continual feedback loop consisting of a user or users evaluating music generated by seed material provided by themselves (or itself generated). The software incorporates their preferences (opinions, tastes) into subsequent compositions by adapting the models it uses to compose in the future based upon this user feedback. Adaptive Music models are collections of compositional methods, rules, and constraints. The entire learning process allows the software to continually move closer to the ideal composition for an individual or collective group of users.

Christopher Yavelow launched Adaptive Music in an exhibit entitled "The Music is the Message" at Amsterdam's newMetropolis Center for Science and Technology. The software in that kiosk has adapted to thousands of museum visitors since the museum opened in June 1997.

What you are listening to is a random example of a soundtrack generated by the exhibit at the newMetropolis Center for Science and Technology. Press the button for another random selection.


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