New Syllabus DT Shared Resources – Take a Trip to the OCC

A simple reminder that the OCC Design Technology community is a very caring and sharing one. We all know with a new syllabus bringing together all of the resources is a tricky and time consuming one - so Ian Johnson an active member in the DT IB community has set up a series of Unit Student Guides for each of the units from the new syllabus. Click on this link to see an example for a Modelling example READ ONLY unit ...

Great New Resources – for NEW Design Technology Syllabus

A short new years post - but one with some great resources that are now coming out for the new DT syllabus from practicing DT IB teachers around the world. Some I have already mentioned in a past post. However I have just recently come across two newly developed ones - From teachers in Hong Kong and ESF - an elegantly designed WordPress weblog called IB Design Technology.Each unit is broken down - with definitions and resources - simply excellent! ...

The new year

Whether you are returning to school as a Grade 12 student looking to wrap up the Diploma and get to your chosen university (if you have indeed, an idea on what you plan to do after school), or if you are excitedly preparing to begin the Diploma, I very much hope the series of  blogs posted here over the year, will provide you with insights and guidance to assist. Much of what I write is to provide guidance,  to show ...

Changes to DP Biology (III) Internal assessment

There have been some significant changes to the internal assessment portion of the  Group 4 Diploma subjects, and they include the following: The  weighting of experimental work to the overall grade has been reduced to 20% from 24% (I know this is stating the obvious, but it is worth emphasising that the syllabus content has now increased in weighting to 80%). Seven set practical activities have now become a mandatory component of the skills section (six in SL and one in HL) ...

Changes to DP Biology (II) Structure of the new course

Some aspects of the revised Biology Diploma course for 2015+ have not changed, yet as you would presumably anticipate, other aspects  have significant changes. The syllabus content structure (organisation)  is the same: there exists a core component / AHL component, Group 4 (though no longer assessed via Personal skills) and option material together with an internal assessment component. Though, students now only study one Option and both SL and HL have the same choices: Neurobiology Biotechnology Ecology and conservation Human Physiology The new syllabus gives focus to teaching ...

Design Technology – New Syllabus September 2014 – Initial Views and Thoughts

When a new syllabus is developed by the IB organisation and DT subject leaders it always meets with a great deal of trepidation and worry that the changes may not be for the better? The can be no doubting the positives that come with a development and update cycle of 6/7 years - and this is especially true of the Design Technology curriculum due to the amount of change and development that happens within the world of design in such ...