Encoding and Decoding

Anyone connected to ICT and education is familiar with the word "code" - and recently "Teach the kids to code" is all the rage. It usually implies that we should teach kids the fundamentals of computer programming. (In this post I'm going to use the word "kids" as a code word for "learner of any age".) But if you think about it, we also teach kids to code, as in reading and writing, all their lives, all the time.  Let's explore this ...

OSC’s 2017 Courses Are Open For Applications!

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We are happy to announce that our 2017 Pre and Mid IBDP Summer Schools and Exam Revision Courses are now live for applications. This year will be our biggest yet with the inclusion of our Exam Revision Course in Munich, Germany. Now going in to its 27th year, OSC has supported over 30,000 students helping them to get the full benefit from the IBDP and achieve the grades they need. Find out more about OSC's 2017 IB Courses below:   IB Exam Revision Courses If you're ...

Using IB Thinking to Explore Oxford

This post is written by Rosanna Montalbano, an IB Educator who works with OSC on their Pre IB Summer Schools and by providing School Visits to IB Schools globally.   Find out more about the Pre IB programme in Oxford by visiting the OSC website. This was an AWESOME assignment: I took groups of Pre IBDP students around Oxford in the afternoons and generate IB thinking from the venues we visited. Just up my street, especially since Oxford is such an interesting city, with ...

New presentations for students, parents and teachers from OSC

One of the ways that OSC gives back to the IB community is through our free worldwide school visit programme. In recent years our IB consultants have been giving interactive and engaging presentations to parents and students on a range of different aspects of the IB Diploma, with hints and tips for success. Scores of IB schools around the world have benefited from visits from our OSC School Visits team. When we visit your school, one of our experienced IB experts ...

2017 Exam Revision Courses are now open!

We are delighted to announce that our 2017 Exam Revision Courses in Oxford are now live for applications! Our expert IB teachers (90% are examiners!) can help you achieve the grades you need to get in to your dream university or college. Classes are tailored to your needs so you leave feeling invigorated and confident about your final exams. 99% of OSC students feel more confident going into their final exams. I got over my predictions! A total of 40 points as I had ...

Universal Design for Learning in the DP

This morning I read a brief blog post by Jennie McKenzie titled More Universal Design for Learning (UDL) needed in the IB, which I quote here in it's entirety, as the author has asked that readers share the link : "I just finished reading a summary on the need to employ more UDL in IB schools. One of the main challenges for the DP is the very nature of the limited assessment format... which is under pressure from higher education's limited assessment format. Here is ...

IB Music Exam: Tips and Strategies for Success

As you prepare for the IB Music exam, remember to develop strategies and methods for answering the IB Music Listening Paper questions. Decide which strategies work best for you or come up with your own, or a combination of those listed below. Use the approach that provides a guide to writing detailed answers in the shortest period of time. For this exam, the more evidence you provide for your assessment, the more likely you are to receive higher marks. STRATEGY 1: ...

A guide I use for students to prepare their oral presentations

In my teaching universe we are currently going through the second practice for our students at the oral presentation. Our process introduced them to it in December, where they prepare a series of slides on a sequence addressing the full pressie assessment criteria (well, all except the socio-cultural context). This is a weighted assessment task for semester one and helps determine semester performance grades. At the beginning of semester two our students, acting on detailed feedback from their slide 'presentation', ...

Are these in your Google Docs universe?

In a clever post from the Google for Work Official Blog, Looking back at Marie Curie’s radical discovery: How the Mother of Modern Physics might have used Google Apps, "we imagine how Marie Curie’s discovery of radioactivity, which won a Nobel Prize and revolutionized modern cancer treatment, might have played out in a Google Apps universe."  I encourage you to follow the link, and read the post. Most of us are aware of the Google Chrome extensions and add-ons: did you know that ...

Teaching and Learning with Technology: the document

flickr photo by Rexton shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license At the beginning of December 2015 the IB published a new document online, Teaching and Learning with Technology. You can read the whole document online as a web page, or download an executive summary as a pdf file. The first paragraph of the summary introduces readers to the premise: "With technological change comes new environments to navigate, new sets of skills to learn and, as a result, curriculums to develop. Across the ...