Not so secret ingredients in learning with technology

Part of my morning routine, after looking through email, is checking through new Scoop.it and Flipboard postings.  I often have to check the date a story was posted originally, because even though it is "new" on the sharing sites this morning, it may be "old" news, and has been shared and re-shared again and again, only now turning up in the thread of a subject or person I follow.  That's what happened this morning: an interesting title caught my attention scooped ...

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VISUAL ARTS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Are you mad? Changing the criteria? The course has only just had its first examinations session and they are thinking of changing them already?     Like any good organization, the DP visual arts curriculum and assessment teams review, consider and where necessary adjust. And having scrutinized the files of many thousands of students in May, June and July, the decision was made to tweak the assessment criteria for the 2017 examination sessions. “Tweak” is the operative work here. There are of course no big ...

WHAT IS THE EXAMINER LOOKING FOR? (Relating to the 2015 visual arts upload for the current/’old’ course)

For many of us, this is more or less the last time that we will be thinking about “studio work” and the “investigation workbook” – certainly in those terms – because in a few weeks the visual arts course that started in 2009 will be just a fading memory. Personally speaking, as a course I felt it was far from perfect, but over the years I think most of us got used to it. One major flaw that frequently exasperated teachers in ...

It’s an approach to LIFE!

Are you courageous? Principled? Reflective? Caring? Are you a risk-taker? If you are reading this, you are probably in an IB school.  Maybe it runs all 4 IB programmes  – but if so that’s quite unusual. Either way, the IB has a philosophy which is in itself quite unusual. Many schools offering a curriculum (national or otherwise) just run the different subjects provided and these subjects/subject teachers probably don’t ask that students think about being caring or open-minded etc. The subject teachers may like their students ...

Venturing further into texts beyond the written

Some of us, at least, are beginning to explore the possibilities that lie with non-traditional texts, and the Literature course has opened the door with "New Textualities."  Some of these are pretty exotic, non-linear, and puzzling, challenging to the conventional way of seeing texts.  One that I discovered through Theo Chiotis and the OCC is Steve Tomasula's TOC. I would encourage you to at least look at the short vimeo clip at this link, and see what you think.  I was ...

The Menacing Curator

Student as curator? Confidentiality agreements prevent me from describing in detail the many discussions, often intense, that have occurred over the past year in the DP Visual Arts Curriculum Review meetings. However I think I can safely say that - among many other issues, theories and ideas - the role of curatorship has been raised more than once.       The process of judging and selecting is already part of the course, most obviously towards the end when students are thinking about the studio work ...

The end of the visiting examiner and the new visual arts course (again)

It is, I admit, a little confusing – the process of assessment is changing in the middle of the course, (insofar as the examiner will stop interviewing and the teacher will take over this role) and the course itself is soon to end before being reborn (phoenix like) in yet another incarnation. So it’s hardly surprising that the two issues get mixed up in some peoples’ minds. On the OCC teachers are still asking if the examiner is really not coming to ...