ARE YOU TRYING TO SHOCK ME with the TRUTH?

This month I’m posting about questions provoked by TWO VIDEOS submitted as part of a DP visual arts exhibition submission by a female student. VIDEO 1 A short, (1 minute) dark (in both senses of the word) video. Here is a quote from the text: “My idea and purpose of the video is to create the impression that the female has been raped and urinated on, supposedly by the person behind the camera. The video shows a female being assaulted. She is naked ...

Computational Thinking for All Educators

Recently there has been a lot of talk about "coding", and about the difference between "coding" and "programming".  In several of the articles I read discussing these issues, a free Google online course was mentioned:  Computational Thinking for Educators.  So I went to investigate.  The "real time" experience of this course is over, but all the materials are online, and you are welcome to explore it at your leisure as a self-study program.  The course was designed to help Humanities, Math, ...

A Framework for Information Literacy

I follow the Librarians forum on the ECIS moodle, where I read with great interest a recent post by Teacher - Librarian Pia Alliende, in which she shares the recently published (January 2016)  Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education published by the US Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. She writes about the document that "...it revises the more traditional definition of information literacy and I see on it all of the ...

Being student-centred in Business Management

It is often difficult in some cultures to change the emphasis on learning away from teachers to learners, as cultural expectations are that the teacher is the 'source of knowledge'. The IB programme expects, however, through all of its components that students take control of their learning and are 'risk takers' and that the teacher should move from being the 'Sage on the stage' to the Guide on the side'. I do not think that we can expect students, who ...

Subtle changes, significant consequences

At first glance the new programme guide for Business Management contained no major changes. There was a name change with the ‘and’ removed, and there were reductions in SL content, particularly in operations management. Other aspects seemed very familiar: the tasks for HLIA and SLIA remained the same. There were some relatively minor changes to the assessment criteria, making the selection of the appropriate mark easier to understand. The external assessment still lay in two papers; one based on a ...

What will they understand 20 years from now?

This morning my Flipboard reading brought me this news commentary: Do You Really Understand Why Water Boils? New Survey Says, Probably Not.  by Nadia Drake.  Ms. Drake writes about the newest Pew Research Center Science Knowledge Survey, asking some very pertinent questions that anyone teaching in an IB school should recognise. She writes: The key with such surveys, says the University of Michigan’s Jon Miller, who’s been studying science literacy for nearly four decades, is to ask questions about core concepts. Things like what molecules are, what ...

Technology as a Concept

In December 2014, my OSC co-author Barbara Stefanics wrote about the recent IB Pre-Publication document The role of technology in the IB programmes.  Looking at the publication in more detail, I'm struck by the idea of "technology" originally having been devised as a concept  -  timeless, universal and abstract. After presenting several definitions of technology, we read that "in these definitions, “technology” is only noticed when it is new, when it fails, or when it disappears. It is also characterized as “things”.  A ...

Stepping out of the classroom, flying into the Case Study…

This is the second post by Business Management teacher Danielle Maguire, of  Jumeirah English Speaking School, whose department chose to deliver their Business Management course using the concepts as lenses. In this post, Danielle describes how a field trip to Thailand was a focus for examining connections between concepts, content and context. If you have read my previous post regarding teaching IB Business Management through the six themes, then you may be aware that I am very much the advocate of ...

Case studies and concepts: Lenovo

Growth is a topic that can be used as the focus for all 6 business management concepts: Change Culture Ethics Globalisation Innovation Strategy As a result, it will be useful for students to select a case study that relates to growth, as this can satisfy many questions set on Paper 2, section C. Given the broad nature of possible questions, it will be beneficial for students to research large multinational concerns to illustrate, and support, an answer to a concept based ...

Innovation in the new BM programme

There are many favourable aspects of the new BM programme, due for first teaching in September; not least the introduction of a concept based learning. However, it is slightly disappointing that the programme, with a shelf life of 7 years, makes limited references to some potentially transformational changes in the external environment. In particular: The social media Nanotechnology 3D printing The ‘internet of things’ Big data Given the rate of technological change, it is understandable that a syllabus cannot include every ...