Exercise exploring film making techniques – Shot selections

The following is one in a series of simple exercises to encourage film students thinking about the mechanics of film making, and reflecting on creative choices made by film makers as conscious and intentional. My intention is that these exercises slot into the first semester of IB Film. Hopefully they will be a useful resource towards discussions leading to production portfolios, oral presentation and introducing the basic idea of supporting analytical ideas with actual examples of film language, the lingua franca ...

Free tools and resources for IB students and schools

The IB Diploma is a difficult journey and students need all the help they can get and from trusted sources. With increasing amounts of tools and resources available, students don’t want to waste valuable time researching or finding the best ones. OSC’s Revision Centre is packed full of reliable, helpful resources, all developed and created by IB teachers, examiners and educators, and tried and tested by IB students. There is something for everybody, whatever stage of the IB your students are ...

What type of learner are you?

For any student, getting the best grades you can is a key goal. Achieving that goal can be easier if you identify what type of learner you are early and have the right means to cater to your strengths. Take our quick quiz to find out what type of learner you are.  When studying… Do you like to have background noises? Yes: you are an ‘auditory’ learner. Do you like to look at graphics, reading or watching your teacher demonstrate? Yes: ...

Interesting research for the Abnormal Psychology option

It is about this time of year that your Year 2 students and you are learning and talking about different mental disorders.  It is important to keep these  discussions relevant and up to date, and this is where the different internet resources are helpful. In What's Wrong with Empirically-Supported Treatments? clinical psychologist Rune Moelbak argues that elevating the status of  scientifically-supported treatments reduces the patient to a passive recipient of treatment.  Moelbak's article raises questions that are relevant to TOK as ...

High quality, free Maths videos for the IB community

IB students and teachers around the world love our free IBDP Maths HL, SL and Studies videos. Covering the whole syllabus, our videos are clearly indexed and searchable; and they are free. Just before the May exams this year, the videos were being watched 2500 times per day! Over 230 practice and review videos Clearly linked to the IB Maths HL and SL syllabus Created by expert IB teachers Instantly accessible and free of charge “OSC’s Maths videos have literally saved my ...

Free Resources for IB Teachers and Students

Here at OSC, we are constantly using our experience and expertise to develop new tools that will help make IB student’s and teacher’s lives feel much easier. We know how scarce IB resources are and how little time IB students and teachers have. Our tools and resources can help you, and they are free! Free tools and resources for the new 2014-2015 academic year and for November IB exam takers: IBDP Planner – a fantastic calendar to allow students to schedule ...

Mathematical Impressions

In my first post on this blog (not so many months ago) I was wondering what will be our experience as teachers in helping the students developing their explorations. It is still early days, of course, and I am still waiting for some of my students to produce their "final" versions. Looking back however I believe altogether  the experience was a challenging but exciting and enriching one. Here is an example. My student Benedetto chose a topic related to the mathematics ...

May 2013 Subject Report is available now

Since the May 2013 Subject Report was released in September I was asked to write this month’s teacher’s blog on it.  It is available on the Online Curriculum Center (OCC) on the home page of the history site. In the subject of history there are so many configurations that the report only gives the grade boundaries for a cross—section of the HL results.  If you did not do HL: Americas Peacemaking Timezone 1 or HL: Europe and the Middle East Peacekeeping, ...

Topic 2 – Atomic Structure – Electron Arrangement

I have got a bit side tracked lately with my blog posts but hopefully your teaching hasn't! Following on from this academics year theme, you will probably be finished (or alomost finished) with topic 2 / 12 - if you haven't the following links may be helpful. First some links for you - to help you make some teaching notes: Click here - OK, it is wikipedia but it is pretty good for supplementing your teaching notes Secondly, some links for the students: Click ...