Goodbye NAVIANCE: What next? Alternative Platforms for International Schools

It was announced earlier this year that Hobsons is to close its NAVIANCE services to International Schools.  After the initial cries of panic reverberating around the globe, discussions were held between individuals and various organisations (such as International ACAC and NACAC), with Hobsons, and it has been agreed that the services for existing clients will remain open until June 2019. This gives time to safely complete application files for the Classes of 2018, securely transfer all data from the NAVIANCE ...

Migration from Venezuela

Venezuela is experiencing the worst migration crisis in recent Latin American history. Migrants are fleeing from food shortages, hyperinflation, a collapsing economy, disease and violence. The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has gone relatively unnoticed. According to the UNHCR 5,000 migrants are leaving every day: if this rate continues some 1.8m people, more than 5 per cent of Venezuela’s population, will depart this year. Venezuela’s implosion has been building for some time and is becoming an international disaster. For decades, Venezuela was ...

The Maths Behind Record Breaking

I came across an interesting article the other day looking at the link between record breaking and the "harmonic series" $1 + \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{4} + \frac{1}{5} + ....$. If you went through a list of 100 random numbers, have a guess as to how often would you expect to break the record for the largest number so far? Let's take a simpler example. Here are 10 random numbers: 3, 8, 5, 7, 2, 5, 3, 9, 1, 7 Clearly the first number ...

Inward Investment in Senegal

In March 2018 the Turkish leader announced deals worth almost US $600 million in Senegal, the latest sign that foreign investment in Senegal is gradually shifting eastward. France, Senegal’s former colonial ruler, has long dominated foreign investment. Since 2003, however, the country has seen a surge in interest from further afield. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), most new foreign investment projects have come from non-western countries, including $2.8bn from the United Arab Emirates, $1.23bn from ...

Foundations Galore!

Looking back at my blog from November 2016, there appears to have been an upward trend in the number and variety of Foundation Programmes on offer.  The general rules remain the same as in the 2016 blog, but here I will give you some further examples of who are offering these programmes in the UK. N.B. For all courses, please do check which ones are open to International and which ones are open to Home/EU students. Some are open to both, ...

Academic Honesty: Acknowledge Everything!

I’m a visual arts examiner, so recently I have had the pleasure of looking at and assessing a wide range of uploaded visual arts work. It is one of the best parts of the job, and I really enjoy seeing the fantastic work submitted by creative and productive students from all over the world! "Reworking" Images As an examiner I regularly encounter "reworked" images that have either been directly copied from images found on the internet or are an adjusted/modified version of the ...

Gar Jar Demos

I’ve recently been doing some demos showing how the pH of the period 3 oxides changes. The demos involved the combustion of various period 3 elements with oxygen, dissolving the oxide in water and adding universal indicator to show the pH. It’s very visual and always goes down well with the students. This made me think about all the different experiments I do using gas jars and the fume cupboard and I thought I would list them. I generally demo sodium, ...

New Release: IB History Paper 2: Causes and Effects of 20th-Century Wars: The Spanish Civil War

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new title in the OSC IB Study & Revision Guide series. IB History Paper 2 Causes and Effects of 20th-Century Wars: The Spanish Civil War This revision guide supports exam preparation, using the Spanish Civil War to explore History Paper 2 Topic 11: Causes and Effects of 20th-century Wars. Structured to mirror the syllabus, it will help you to understand the essential issues and that examiners will be looking for in your essays. Author ...

Ethanedioic Acid Titrations

It's that time of year where if you are in IB1 you may well be starting to think about your IA. What will you do?! I hope today's post gives you some ideas. Have you thought about working with Ethanedioic acid (HOOCCOOH) or oxalic acid to give you its more common name? Ethanedioic acid occurs as a free acid in beetroot leaves and rhubarb. Could you extract it and see how much you have? You could titrate it with a base, such ...

Tips for the Research Presentation

It is that time of year again when students are doing their REAL assessment tasks in year 2 of the course or having a practice run in year 1. My students in year 1 of the Diploma Theatre course have just had their practice runs of the RESEARCH PRESENTATION and, while we were working on putting the presentations together, there were many things that I found helped them enormously. Below are the things that I helped them with and how ...