Choosing & Using Sources

This morning Nik Peachy shared a free, online or downloadable text book  Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research by Teaching & Learning, Ohio State University Libraries.   Thinking about the IB DP IA and EE work, I decided to have a look. "Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignment. Additional chapters cover understanding types of sources, searching for ...

Literally a Digital Citizen

"A country without boarders" Talin, Estonia. creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by archer10 (Dennis): http://flickr.com/photos/archer10/4066976166 A story in the Guardian this morning made me laugh, and then think! "On 21 October, Estonia’s parliament unanimously voted to extend national digital e-residency rights to foreigners by the end of the year. With this e-residency programme, the least populous country in Europe, of 1.3 million people, intends to attract around 10 million “digital citizens” by 2025." (Read the entire post at this link.) Up until now, ...

Psychology in the News

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Psychology is everywhere, from popular press explanations regarding human behaviour, to peer-reviewed journal articles  which might not be quite so entertaining to read, but which probably contain more accuracy than will be found in the media headlines.  The challenge is to get students to sort out the scientifically supported from the simply scandalous.  Fortunately for us as teachers there are a number of good sites that make an excellent job of explaining current psychological research in easy-to- understand terms. Psychology Today ...

What’s in a MOOC?

What is a MOOC? This video from Dave Cormier will explain:   eW3gMGqcZQc   As with so many things, when looking for a good beginning introduction, I come to Wikipedia for a basic definition of  MOOC: "A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC; /muːk/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the webIn addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education ...

2014! Year of the Horse – and the Course!

STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR TEACHING! Don’t forget to sign up for a visual arts workshop! The new course starts next September for most Northern Hemisphere schools, and January 2015 for most Southern Hemisphere schools. The last assessment for the current course is 2015 and the first examination session for the new course will be 2016. Time flies when you are having fun. There are (I estimate, some still to be confirmed) 40 IB DP visual arts workshops between now and December 2014. ...

Crowds move from surfing to sourcing to financing

Small may be beautiful as E.F. Schumacher once said, but it is normally more expensive. How can smaller firms challenge the goliaths in any market, such as Apple and Samsung, when resources required for research and development are so significant and where large firms gain from substantial economies of scale? Mass production methods create cheap goods and, with automation and robotics, standardisation is no longer the automatic downside.  So what is the solution for a new, or innovative, firm wanting ...

online resource

This week I was teaching my G11 students the Genetics section of the syllabus and showed them an online narration on sickle cell aneamia.  I thought I would share the website from which it came. http://www.montereyinstitute.org/ From there if you go to the HippoCampus link on the top right you come across some excellent online resources http://www.hippocampus.org/ I then went straight to biology http://www.hippocampus.org/Biology Check out the courses which takes you to a series of folders http://www.montereyinstitute.org/courses/AP%20Biology%20I/nroc%20prototype%20files/coursestartc.html with resources or alternatively work through textbook correlations http://www.hippocampus.org/Biology?view=Textbooks And perhaps try their ...

“The games people play”

I’m on my way to facilitate a CAS workshop at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. As I wait to board my flight I’m interestedly scanning the faces and activities of my fellow passengers in the airport lounge at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport. Immediately to my right an Indonesian girl, about 7 years old, is playing a game on her i-pad. I look closer, intrusively, over her shoulder and I ask her what it’s called, “Fruit Ninjas Pak (Mr.).” By her side her ...