What do you need to do? (the new 6-step programme)

A) The new six step programme The latest word from the IB relating to the upcoming digital upload has a reassuring ‘keep calm and carry on’ feel  to it, beneath the title, ”What do you need to do?” So – keep calm, take a deep breathe and 1)   Remain engaged on the subject forum of the OCC and IBIS for details about the test upload and re-submission; and familiarise yourself with the procedure in advance. 2)   Download and read the teacher guidance materials, which ...

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Apologies all for the gap since my last blog – about 3 months have elapsed. During that time we saw Christmas come and go, then hello to 2013, then my birthday, and now it’s February and I’m starting to alternately berate, persuade, nag and enthuse my final year visual arts  students about all the exciting events in March. What fun we’ll have! Actually we’ll have until April 10th, although as my school has its Easter holiday from 23rd March to 7th April, we ...

VIDEOS – and November session schools using paper CRBs

There are two sessions (May and November) each year for students taking IBDP examinations, and this year November session schools still have the option of using a paper CRB (as with the May session, some schools will also be piloting the e-submission digital upload). Schools – or at least DP art teachers – occasionally include CDs or DVDs in the back ‘pocket’ of the paper CRBs. These often contain student videos, animations, etc. - but it is important to note that ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2012, part 2 – the Pilot e-submission

Last week I posted about the visual arts grade award meeting that occurred at the end of June. Of course, many things were discussed, but one item in particular received a lot of attention: the pilot form of  the change of the CRB, from  a paper booklet that was sent to the examiner (and a duplicate sent to the IA moderator) into a digital upload. At the Grade Award meeting, this change to electronic submission primarily meant that senior examiners had less ...

It’s assessment, Jim – but not as we know it (part 2)

Last post I referred to the upcoming changes to visual arts assessment as 'peripheral', but of course it’s less peripheral when you take into account the fact that the actual studio work and the actual investigation workbook pages will no longer be seen by an examiner. Teachers have complained about the ‘old’ paper CRB for many years, and have asked (also for many years) for a ‘new’ digital upload – a 21st century option rather than a 20th century one. So ...

It’s that time again

HAPPY NEW YEAR! OK - I started back at school yesterday after a very pleasant two week holiday, and reminded my year 2 IBDP visual arts class that for them (in some ways) the end is nigh. As if to confirm this, a package of the blue Candidate Record Booklets was also waiting for me in my mailtray. If like me you are teaching in a northern hemisphere school then your students will probably have their final examinations in around 2 to 3 months’ time ...

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (digital issues)

VISUAL ARTS Grade Award Meetings, Cardiff December 2011 Visual Arts Grade Award meetings are fascinating, every day filled with a huge variety of Studio work images to look at and Investigation Workbook pages to read. It’s a busy, challenging but enjoyable experience, and it always throws up interesting questions - about art, assessment issues and the complex visual arts descriptors that everything gets judged by. One of the issues that caused a lot of discussion over the last few days in Cardiff (and ...

This is (not?) the end

SUGhl1dYpGs aGmAmJFUvzM More about the proposed end of the visiting examiner. OK, I know you are worried/furious/angry/exasperated/in despair/concerned/gutted (delete where appropriate) about this. If posts on the OCC visual arts forum are anything to go by, its possibly the worst idea ever. So I thought I'd leap off the parapet with some context. The proposal may seem like a bolt out of the blue, but with the relentless success and expansion of the whole IB programme (actually all three programmes PYP, MYP and DP)  the visiting ...

Visual Arts Grade Award June 2011

                  I have just returned from five days in sunny Cardiff (Wales), with each day solidly focussed on reviewing, analysing, assessing and discussing the many studio artworks and investigation workbook pages submitted by candidates through their Candidate Record Booklets. In all cases our primary purpose was to come to an accurate assessment of the work, whether it was component A or B, and Higher or Standard level. Candidate Record Booklets were selected for us to look at for a variety of reasons, but ...

Starting to think about the CRB?

Following on from last week's blog focus on the candidate statement, this one is about the CRB itself. My students have their IBDP visual arts examination at the end of March 2011, and I plan to send the Candidate Record Booklets to our examiner around mid-March - so there is still more than two months to go before the CRBs need to be finished, packaged up and sent - but still, I like to get the students thinking about all the ...