Examination Report 2013 part 2 The oral presentation

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A colleague of mine when our team were to introduce our grade eleven students' first practice presentation produced a document he called 'How not to suck at the oral presentation', I guess his point in doing this is that it's all too easy for IB film students to suck at this. The point of his guide and this year's examination report for this component is that with some reasonable preparation they needn't. The main issues raised seem to be; The presentation ...

2013 Examiner’s report – production portfolio

This years examiner's report offers the usual recurring complaints of the failure of candidates to meet the formal requirements for each assessment component, which are frankly unforgivable mostly of the teachers in supervising these candidates, as the requirements are clearly stated in the IB film guide. However this report is a mostly positive and well-written document and offers useful guidance for success of IB Film candidates in the future and recommendations for the teaching of this subject to IB. I'd recommend ...

An assignment idea or discussion topic for learning some key technical concepts and terminology

Ok so you've 'done' shot types, used a powerpoint or projected stills. That's fab for the basics, but what about their implementation in actual films, why these shot selections or camera movement might have been deployed, this isn't at the whim of the DP or director, there is a grammar to how the camera is used with its own vocabulary. YOur students' discussions of films will have greater precision if they learn some of the appropriate term and how they're ...

An Idea for Story Development

If (for those of you in the northern hemisphere) your creative mojo is a little rusty after the long Summer vacation, here's an idea that might invite some story and plot development to get you back into the groove for the new academic year. The following scenario is one I've occasionally loaned to students during my time teaching film and media studies; it seems to help those suffering from a bit of writer's block. This is an account of an incident ...

TOK can be a Fishy Business

Why do TOK? Encouraging students to see TOK as an Experience A Dialogue with a Fish-Out-of-Water Imagine asking a fish what it is like to live in water? What do you think the fish would say? Hard to work out? Well, it might go something like this: Imaginary Dialogue Fish: “Water? What is water? What are you talking about?” Pretty simple and understandable. However, with this response, maybe you would patiently explain to the fish that it lives in water, HsO, a substance, a liquid, and so ...

Teachers TV and the TES

I recently found a link to an old website I used to frequent and have recently overlooked - Teachers TV.   Returning, I found it had been shut down and found instead: Following the closure of Teachers TV, the Department has signed a number of non-exclusive distribution agreements that will ensure that the 3,500 15 minute programmes in the archive will still be available to watch on-line. You can watch Teachers TV programmes by clicking on one of the links below. This will take ...

Topic 2 – Atomic Structure – The Mass Spectrometer

So, you have covered the structure of the atom - pretty simple stuff, eh? Now you move onto the mass spectrometer. This can be harder, I mean, how many schools actually have one of these machines? You may be lucky enough to be close to a university and arrange a trip there. If not, you will have to stick to your teaching and maybe a video, such as the one below. J-waooOo-qm  

Topic 1 – Calculating Empirical Formula Resources

Topic 1 - Quantitative Chemistry resources Here is a good website to help supplement your notes when it comes to the teaching of empirical formula using percentage composition data. It gives a couple of good worked examples for you. Click here to view the website: Here is a link to a website that contains a worksheet for your students to try. I would recommend printing it out (as it contains a link to the answers!). Click here to view the worksheet:  

Topic 1 – Quantitative Chemistry Resources (2)

Following on from yesterdays posting, another good resource that you may wish to share with your students can be found here: Click What I like about this website is that it contains brief and concise factual information that students find useful and it may be worth using it to supplement their notes. I wouldn't recommend using it solely as a teaching aid - I think that you need to delve a bit deeper in your teaching than what is found on the website. That ...

Topic 1 – Quantitative Chemistry Handy Resources

I wrote in a posting last week that I intend to spend time this academic year talking about different aspects of the IB course in approximately the order (and time) they are taught. I have made the assumption that you will have started teaching topic 1 - Quantitative Chemistry (and not topic 2 - Atomic Structure - this was also discussed in a previous post last week). Here is a link to a good website that gives you some free resources ...