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 ...

Question: “DO I NEED TO HAVE A THEME?”

Answer: Aaargh!  NO! This is one of the most common questions that visual arts students ask and is also one that many DP art teachers get wrong. The simple answer is NO – there is absolutely no need for students to have a theme and when they do have a theme students sometimes fail because their approach to their theme is too restricted and blinkered. In effect the theme prevents them from doing very well. The more complicated answer is still no, but ...

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 ...

How many Investigation Workbook pages should students produce?

Some examiners have recently expressed concern that some teachers are allowing their students to create a relatively small small number of investigation pages. In one case an HLA student completed only about 50 pages over the two years and chose half of this number to be assessed in the final examination. Perhaps predictably, this student did not do very well. As is so often the case, its a quality vs. quantity issue. Obviously it serves very little purpose  if students just  produce a ...