Social Design for the Times: Refugee Shelters and Spaces…

Ever wondered about the IB Learner Profile? Yes students it does inform everything you study including Design Technology. When you are thinking about projects and / or becoming a designer. For a moment think about the IB Learner profile characteristic 'caring' and how this may affect you as a designer? At first this seems a pretty glib word, until we all think about the state our planet is in and how much the 'World of Design' can influence and change ...

Sustainability: Now Is Your Time Students!

Hi DP DT Students, After my last post on social based caring design, here is another unit which should be close to your heart! In fact if you look at your syllabus the core topic 2: Resource Management and Sustainable Production and the higher level topic 8: Sustainability show that this is probably one of the most important areas in the syllabus. The importance of this is that the IB believes that you as future designers must design for sustainability otherwise the ...

Empathy on a holiday? Three steps to show empathy, compassion & respect

The IB Learner Profile - "CARING - we show empathy, compassion & respect." Last Saturday as I sat in the departure terminal of Soekarno-Hatta, waiting for my flight to Singapore I reflected just how busy the airport was on this particular day. Logical reasons for this were that it was school holidays time. In addition, the fasting month had just commenced and the annual exodus of household help to their villages always means that many families move to a serviced hotel ...

RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DIGITAL UPLOAD

Two readers have posted responses to blogs (my posts from 2013 and more recently) so I’d like to thank them for taking the time to reply and post here my replies to them. Links to my original blogs: https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2013/04/ib-teacher-blogs/dp_visarts/examining-the-digital-upload/ https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2014/02/ib-student-blogs/visual-arts-digital-upload-get-started/ FIRST COMMENT (responding to April 2013 post) The first comment was posted at the end of April 2014 in response to a post about the digital upload that I made in April 2013 Nigel writes “Digital upload assessment is only advantageous on the grounds of cost, nothing ...

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 ...

The learner Profile and visual arts

"The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose". http://www.ibo.org/programmes/profile/ A question I often ask when running workshops (either as leader in face-to-face workshops or mentor in the online ones) relates to the participant and his/her 'favourite' Learner Profiles. Sometimes I use images as a way of integrating looking and interpreting as an approach to the learner profile. For ...