Taking a Learner Profile Selfie

The IB learner profile is at the centre of the teaching and learning philosophy for the IB Mission. It is considered as the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.  The ten IB learner profile attributes are aspirational and represent the characteristics most valued by IB Schools, the majority of which integrate these into their teaching and learning philosophies. Among other things, we ask our students to be risk-takers, and inquirers and to be ...

Innovation at the heart of the Seoul

Not surprisingly, South Korea the home for technology giants, such as Samsung and LG. is experiencing a revolution in city living. Home to around 10 million people, Seoul is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world and has gained a reputation for innovative thinking. The future of most western societies is currently being experienced in Seoul today. Seoul is the world’s most connected city. With over 10,000 free Wi-Fi hot spots. Seoul also has the world’s fastest average ...

Stuck in the middle of a shifting landscape

The Millennium Bridge, a 320-meter-long suspension bridge connecting London's financial district to Bankside, south of the River Thames, opened in June 2000. Thousands of pedestrians streamed over it.  At first, the bridge was still. Then it began to sway, just slightly. Then, almost from one moment to the next, the wobble intensified. Suddenly people were walking like tentative ice skaters: planting their feet wide, pushing out to the side with each step. Left, right, left, right, in near-perfect unison. The ...

Disruptive technology and change

It goes without saying that the internet, the World Wide Web and digitisation have proved revolutionary for business. However, the digital revolution is not a one-off event, but an evolutionary process that requires firms to constantly review their operations. Advances in digital technologies are potentially disruptive to established firms as they open opportunities for new entrants to markets. Almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough, and the list of “next big things” grows ever longer. Not every emerging technology will ...

Case studies and concepts: Lenovo

Growth is a topic that can be used as the focus for all 6 business management concepts: Change Culture Ethics Globalisation Innovation Strategy As a result, it will be useful for students to select a case study that relates to growth, as this can satisfy many questions set on Paper 2, section C. Given the broad nature of possible questions, it will be beneficial for students to research large multinational concerns to illustrate, and support, an answer to a concept based ...

Climate Change Link to CO2

  Nothing ground breaking here but recent research shows a ‘global pattern’ of change that begun 2.7 million years ago. By Ansgar Walk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia CommonsThere seems to be a feedback process which has amplified climate change. Dr Carrie Lear told BBC News that “this study reveals a feedback process that has magnified climate change since the inception of Northern Hemisphere glaciation 2.7 million years ago. It seems the tropical warming caused by high CO2 levels ...

Working out climate change using oxygen isotopes

  We are told that in the past the planet's atmosphere has been colder and warmer than it is today but how do scientists actually know this?   A variety of methods are used but one uses some straight forward (to understand - not necessarily carry out) chemistry. Oxygen has two stable isotopes, 16O and 18O. 16O evaporates faster than 18O so seawater will contain more 18O than 16O due to evaporation. The water will eventually make its way into rivers and back into the ...