Examination Report 2013 part 2 The oral presentation

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A colleague of mine when our team were to introduce our grade eleven students' first practice presentation produced a document he called 'How not to suck at the oral presentation', I guess his point in doing this is that it's all too easy for IB film students to suck at this. The point of his guide and this year's examination report for this component is that with some reasonable preparation they needn't. The main issues raised seem to be; The presentation ...

2013 Examiner’s report – production portfolio

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The IB Learner Profile 2 (Knowledgeable)

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Google and Bunsen

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A redox reaction has been used to move a molecular piston back and forth. It is hoped that this will allow nanomachines to make use of it. The piston works with a man made molecule called a rotaxne. The rotaxne is a liner molecule with a napthalene complex at one end and sulfur containing group at the other end. The sliding part of the piston is made of six carbon rings, joined to form a hooped shaped positively charged ion. By ...