Not so secret ingredients in learning with technology

Part of my morning routine, after looking through email, is checking through new Scoop.it and Flipboard postings.  I often have to check the date a story was posted originally, because even though it is "new" on the sharing sites this morning, it may be "old" news, and has been shared and re-shared again and again, only now turning up in the thread of a subject or person I follow.  That's what happened this morning: an interesting title caught my attention scooped ...

Two heads are better than one

In a recent post my colleague Barbara Stefanics highlighted collaborative learning in a studying-for-exams situation.  About the same time, I read Stephen Down's presentation on Cooperation and Collaboration, which lead me to explore the similarities and differences of cooperation and collaboration in a classroom setting, and how technology might support the two. The  terms cooperation and collaboration are often used rather loosely in the classroom to describe some sort of group work.  Downes summarises the terms this way his presentation: When collaborating, people ...

Festive study time – tis the season!

You can never have too many study tips. We have already given you some fantastic advice on how to engage your brain whilst studying, however, from my personal experience as an IB alumnus, I would like to share some of my own top tips to help you get ahead with your studies during the festive holidays.   Over the next few weeks, all you want to do is curl up and enjoy some family movies; but instead, you’re looking at being stuck ...

Planning for and helping with the extended essay (EE)

When do you do your extended essay (EE)? It is probably out of your control and a whole school issue but that said, do spend some time planning ahead for it. Most schools seem to launch the EE sometime in the third term of IB. There are two reasons for this, firstly, your students can have the long break / holiday to start their write up, secondly, the second year of IB classes will probably have finished or be writing their ...

Tips from Examiners – What can go wrong with your Internal Assessments and Major Project?

Don't you just hate the Design Technology IA/Major Project criteria? Is it confusing? Well here are some tips on each of the sections that your teacher may also guide you towards. Remember that you only need to hit the complete grades once for IA's and Major Projects for this to be carried forward as your final mark :) Planning Most important to not use common problems that your teacher gives you with this criteria and for you to follow an individual process ...

Structure and Freedom in the New TOK Course

“Do you think means it just won’t work to have the WOK taught separately at all?”  This question was posed by teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo as he sought commentary on the new version of the TOK course.  It was the first time I’d visited his impressive blogsite, which I encourage you to check out.  In response to his invitation, I contributed my own thoughts on his blog, and now include them here.…… I’ve commented earlier in this TOK meets ...

Time Management

I was recently pointed to this video about a time management tool. Although the model has some weaknesses, I think it would be a useful starting point for students about to undertake their internal assessment or extended essay in Business and Management (especially for your procrastinators). It needs following up, getting your students to identify and prioritise tasks in terms of importance and urgency (although I believe there is a continuum, which is not accounted for in the model) and ...

“Dates”

  I’m working in my moleskin notebook and I’m planning and reflecting on some dates in this month of February. Not ‘dates’ in the romantic sense but specific days that are important to me and when I have to get things done. However, I do note that several dates this month are indeed significantly connected to love. My wife and her extended family are Indonesian-Chinese so we’re in the midst of celebrating Chinese New Year. Our eldest son just got engaged to his ...