The Digital Upload: First Time For The New Course – What To Do!

This all relates to the imminent visual arts examination session. It goes without saying (I hope) that you should have everything ready for the upload well BEFORE you start the upload process: that means, for example, a digital folder called “Exhibition” containing a series of folders for the exhibition files for each of your students. OK, the nitty gritty: in order of things to be uploaded. The upload starts with IBIS. You should have your User ID, password and PIN ready. 1 Predicted Grade and ...

Sound and Vision in the Visual Arts Digital Upload

Just so we’re clear, NO MORE ‘INTERVIEW’ VIDEOS NO VIDEOS IN THE COMPARATIVE STUDY NO VIDEOS IN THE PROCESS PORTFOLIO VIDEOS OK IN EXHIBITION BUT MAXIMUM 5 MINUTES NO SOUND IN VIDEOS  "Only 5 minutes and no sound????” VIDEOS: 5 minutes maximum Yes, but you can do a lot in 5 minutes. You can actually do a lot in two minutes, so just think “less is more” when your students are wielding that camera. In fact don’t just think it, write in on a big board in ...

Making your examiner happy

It’s May, which means that most IBDP schools in the northern hemisphere will not have to worry about the visual arts course that started in 2009 ever again! It’s over, ladies and gentlemen!  Well done for persevering with those somewhat convoluted assessment criteria, containing multiple ideas and issues. They were always a little too complex, and I sympathise with all teachers and students who struggled to understand them. Now we have a new set of components - but I think that this time ...

VISUAL ARTS – IS THIS FUM or MSM?

THE FINAL UPLOAD - reminders For many IBDP visual arts teachers April is FUM (Final Upload Month) Also know as MSM (Maximum Stress Month). That was then… The history of the visual arts digital upload process is not exactly a success story, but rather a tale, I’m afraid, of frustration, angst and despair for many teachers or DP Coordinators. …This is now Anyway, the IB, perhaps feeling somewhat battered and bruised by so much negative feedback, have come back with a shiny new upload process and ...

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 ...

REFLECTION TIME FOR SOME, THE END FOR OTHERS

Hi students! FINAL YEAR? If you are in the 2nd year of your IBDP visual arts course, and in a school in the northern hemisphere, for you it’s just about over. The deadline for the final digital upload is April 10th (October 10th for southern hemisphere schools) so by now your teacher should have digital files of all your selected studio work and workbook pages saved somewhere safe – possible already uploaded to IBIS. Maybe you have already had your exhibition – if ...

The Digital Upload: FIVE DAYS LEFT

APRIL 10th is the deadline for your students’ work to be uploaded to IBIS - so at this point I’m hoping that by now everything has been finished and photographed/scanned etc - and either already uploaded to the IB or about to be uploaded. I uploaded the work for my students a few days ago. It’s the second time I have gone through this process and as usual it all went fairly smoothly, although I did have to contact IB Answers ...

VISUAL ARTS DIGITAL UPLOAD – GET STARTED!

HELPING YOURSELF AND/OR HELPING YOUR TEACHER (PREPARING FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION/EXHIBITION) And so, depending on where you are and your teacher - and his/her plans and preparation for the visual arts digital upload - the time has come! I have to say, from my experience as an examiner this time last year, quite a few teachers were not very well prepared. Some left it all to the last minute; some had a minimal understanding of the technological issues involved. For example, not knowing how ...

The visual arts INTERVIEW

Having been a visual arts examiner for the recent visual arts examination session, I have watched more than 100 interviews. I saw some really great interviews, with eloquent and articulate students speaking very well and enthusiastically about their work, providing me with insights and understanding. However, not all interviews were useful or even understandable… 1.      Audio or Video? Either is fine but if it’s audio it’s VITAL that the student identifies the piece of work being discussed. While listening to audio uploads I often ...

VISUAL ARTS GRADE AWARD JUNE 2013 part 1

Together with a group of other senior examiners, the chief examiner, the Subject Manager and various other IBDP important assessment people, I have just spent a week in sunny Cardiff, the lively capital city of Wales and home of the IBDP Assessment Centre. It was a busy, interesting, challenging and very productive week. Prior to arrival I wondered how the new digital upload process and the new ‘teacher interview’ process would affect things, but was pleasantly surprised to find everything very much ...