EAL: Economics as an Alien Language

This year's exam papers are a true mix of the good, the bad and the utterly confusing. Looking at the papers with a wide-angle lens, coverage/depth was excellent and there were no egregious examples of peripheral and non-core issues aimed at with the questions. And, once again, as in every exam since 2013, theory of the firm was 100% avoidable – which is either good or bad, depending on the whether you lean towards being able to strategically target revision ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Live Stream Through a Google Map

Did you know that in the same way that you can add a video to a Google slide, you can insert video into a Google Map? (and, of course, you can add a simple web link if the video you want is not on YouTube, but on another source.) Watch this video for a quick tutorial on how to create new maps on Google Maps, using the creation of a WW2 Key Events map as an example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=54&v=rV6u1IQcvrM Live stream images combined with ...

Two Conceptions of Philosophy: Williamson vs Scruton (Part 2)

In his response to Roger Scruton’s conception of philosophy, published in The Times Literary Supplement, dated 3 November 2017, Professor Williamson adopts a measured and rigorous approach, expected of a logician and philosopher of language. He first finds fault with his colleague’s assumption that the subject of experience ‘is not part of the empirical world’. What of the study of historical agents whose motivations can, indeed, be analysed scientifically by ‘adapting one’s methods to the nature of the problem (at ...

Become a Visual Arts Examiner!

Hi all, Like all May session Visual Arts teachers, a few weeks ago I uploaded a variety of files from my final year students - for assessment and moderation - to IBIS. If you teach IBDP Visual Arts, at some point you are going to do this: let go of your students’ work and offer it up to some distant and anonymous examiners and moderators, who will scrutinise the work, assess it (according to the descriptors for each of the three components) ...