Searching for the Truth

Continuing my thoughts and writing about fake news, fake web pages, teaching search skills, and ultimately, trying to find the Truth of a matter, this post brings together for your consideration two web articles which are not new, but which work well together. The first is Why Students Can't Google their Way to the Truth, by Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew, published 1 November 2016.  The authors describe their research at Stamford University: "Over the past 18 months, we administered assessments that ...

Is it fake nature, or is it a story?

First, I'd like to explore the "Is it fake nature" part of my post's title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMZlr5Gf9yY "The 1958 Disney documentary into lemmings that won the academy award. Footage of lemmings jumping off cliffs was later found out to be faked. Edited version just showing the fake footage." My guess is that most of you reading this post are not old enough to have watched the above television show when it was first broadcast in 1958.  (I will admit that I remember it vividly.  It ...

What type of learner are you?

For any student, getting the best grades you can is a key goal. Achieving that goal can be easier if you identify what type of learner you are early and have the right means to cater to your strengths. Take our quick quiz to find out what type of learner you are.  When studying… Do you like to have background noises? Yes: you are an ‘auditory’ learner. Do you like to look at graphics, reading or watching your teacher demonstrate? Yes: ...

It’s Barbie – but is it ART?

Seems like every examination session quite a few students feel that putting one or more Barbies in their DP Visual Arts final exhibition would be a good idea, and this examination is no exception. In my experience its usually female students who do this and invariably it’s all about the pressure that society puts on women to conform to a body stereotype. It’s certainly true that in various parts of the world people are more or less constantly bombarded by media ...

RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DIGITAL UPLOAD

Two readers have posted responses to blogs (my posts from 2013 and more recently) so I’d like to thank them for taking the time to reply and post here my replies to them. Links to my original blogs: https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2013/04/ib-teacher-blogs/dp_visarts/examining-the-digital-upload/ https://blogs.osc-ib.com/2014/02/ib-student-blogs/visual-arts-digital-upload-get-started/ FIRST COMMENT (responding to April 2013 post) The first comment was posted at the end of April 2014 in response to a post about the digital upload that I made in April 2013 Nigel writes “Digital upload assessment is only advantageous on the grounds of cost, nothing ...

It’s an approach to LIFE!

Are you courageous? Principled? Reflective? Caring? Are you a risk-taker? If you are reading this, you are probably in an IB school.  Maybe it runs all 4 IB programmes  – but if so that’s quite unusual. Either way, the IB has a philosophy which is in itself quite unusual. Many schools offering a curriculum (national or otherwise) just run the different subjects provided and these subjects/subject teachers probably don’t ask that students think about being caring or open-minded etc. The subject teachers may like their students ...

The IB Learner Profile (10) – Reflective

Reflective. Something that is vital to teaching and something that you just can't help getting away from. My favourite spot for reflection is washing the dishes (as outlined in a previous Learner Profile posting) but how can we incorporate this into our Chemistry lessons ..... .... The obvious example is through the conclusion and evaluation (CE) part of IA (or any lab). We need to think about what went well .... and what did not go so well ..... and most importantly ...