Two german films, different histories

Last week I attended a film presentation at the London Reviews of Books bookshop by the novelist Ali Smith (her novel ‘How to be both’ is extraordinary, try to read this). The film was Mädchen in uniform (Germany 1931 dir: Leontine Sagan). I mention this as the film was an interesting descendant of the expressionist film making from the previous decade, in many of the same ways that ‘M’ (Germany 1931 dir: Fritz Lang) was. Both films were popular in their ...

Facing up to the IA assessment: the dreaded oral

This is a tough one, and there's no doubt about that.  Here are a few bits of good advice selected from various teachers. Collaborative advice from teachers for HL/SL candidates facing the IA for Part 2 Preparation through the year Take good notes in class, mark up your poems or passages, and all of your Part 2 works, color code, so that you have easily accessible materials to revisit for review for both the IOC and the HL discussion. Pace your review, ...

New Physics Guides Available!

Physics: Internal Assessment and Physics Option C: Imaging have been added to OSC's IB Study Guide Series and are available to order now! These guides are exclusively written by experienced IB Physics teacher, Hugh Duncan. Find out more below.     Physics: Internal Assessment HL/SL The aim of this booklet is to help the student perform well and write up IB physics lab reports, especially the new Internal Investigation. Also included are real examples of the obligatory experiments, which will assist the student in ...

Visual Arts Internal Assessment Upload: Quick Overview

It’s April! That means for many of us its VISUAL ARTS UPLOAD MONTH! Of the three components the most complex in terms of files and the upload process is the Exhibition The aim of this post is to give some explanations and guidance in relation to the scary IBIS Internal Assessment upload process. For more information about the visual arts upload please feel free to refer to my February post The Digital Upload: First Time For The New Course – What To Do! Please also ...

Coming up on IA final deadline…

Around this time of year we - students and teachers - are getting close to maximum stress levels. Syllabi need finishing prior to mocks, revision schedules need polishing, extended essay (EE) covers are being handed out for signing - and Internal Assessment (IA) portfolios are being compiled so that teachers can submit grades and ultimately IA samples for external moderation. This is 20% of your final grade so it might be worth your while to put a few extra minutes into ...

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 ...

Computational Modelling

With the inclusion of computational modelling within the acceptable list of internal assessments (I find it a big struggle to call them IA's) for the Group 4 sciences I have become intrigued by the possibilities they provide. I have also read read in some quarters of a certain resistance to their inclusion within student internal assessments as they feel there is a lack of complexity and sophistication in their use.  I have continued to explore the possibilities that include sufficient rigor ...

HLIA negative trends

As we move to the new Business Management programme and assessment models, it is a good time to reflect on negative trends in the preparation and completion of the higher level internal assessment, and the (probably optimistic) hope that these will be addressed in the May 2016 session. Although, left to last in this post, the appendices are becoming the most problematic aspect of the HLIA. At the start of any programme, there tends to be a range of mistakes that ...

Using a simulation for your IA

There are several options available to you when conducting your Internal Assessment as part of the Biology diploma. These include: 1.Hands-on experiment 2.Use of database for analysis and modelling 3.Extraction and graphical analysis from a database 4.Simulation (interactive/open-ended) 5.Hybrid hands-on + spreadsheet/database 6.(Qualitative and quantitative data are valid). This posting is focussing on computer simulations. To explain what a computer simulation is and how they can be used take a look at the following video from the lawrence Livermore national Laboratory. You may not wish to watch all ...

Getting the new IA right – the 10 step programme

The “new IA” in visual arts is the exhibition. Work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB. Internal assessment used to be the investigation workbook for most students (because most students took the A option), so it’s a bit of a reversal from the previous course. How to get it right? Here are 10 steps to success! Talk and listen to your teacher. Your teacher plays a vital role during both the planning stage, and the period when ...