THE SHOCK OF THE NUDE (in school) (2015 update)

Life-drawing fits very well in any or all of the three components in the new DP visual arts course, so I’m re-visiting the concept and suggesting some possible links to the new course As a comparative study - artists of course have been working from the human form for hundreds if not thousands of years, so for example students could examine and compare artworks, objects or artefacts with the theme of the human figure “at least two of which need ...

QR codes and display work

When creating posters around school have you ever thought something is missing? A student voice? QR codes can provide a quick and easy solution. Group 4 projects no longer need students to stand by there posters and explain etc. They can prepare a video on YouTube and make a link to it using a QR code for others to watch. etc etc etc.   Simply go to http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/ and use the drop down menu to decide what you wish to use the QR code ...

JMOL and visualization software

As part of the Biochemistry unit of the G11 unit, students are asked to observe molecules via visualization software "to compare cellulose, starch and glycogen". Check out the following: Download the JMOL software at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jmol/ Go to the containing folder and click on JMOL.jar Then you can access the relevant molecules at https://sites.google.com/a/lcis.bs/plastics-in-the-ocean/carbohydrates-activity In order to play around with the molecule, right click on the image and some options appear. If you are totally confused, go here http://biomodel.uah.es/en/model3/inicio.htm In addition, watch the following videos

Subject report 2014 and the Prof Penguin Channel

As this is the final year for the old style syllabus I thought I would review some of the salient points from the 2014 subject report under Internal assessment. If you have never read a subject report I encourage you to check them out on the OCC forum.Its worth reading not just the most recent (though thats an obviously good place to start). I have always found moderators to have mixed reactions to work on human physiology. One thing that has ...

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 ...

IB Blueprint

As the northern hemisphere schools come to a close for summer vacation, I am aware that the southern hemisphere continues to have students and teachers, busy preparing for the November exams. I therefore want to share the following from IBBlueprint https://www.youtube.com/user/IBBlueprint  (example video below). There are over 50 videos posted that review IB exam questions. You can open up a video, answer the question posted, then play the video to watch the construction of an answer.   Another video I have located called Mastering ...

The DP2 final countdown

As you look to the end of your high school experience, now is the time to begin to organise your notes, roll up your sleeves and start the process of review. With 10 weeks of preparation and escalating levels of application, burn out will be avoided and  lower anxiety levels will facilitate meaningful prep. In an earlier post on preparing for mid-terms / mock exams, I suggested that you review the syllabus in its entirety and highlight the topics you really never ...

YOuTube

Have you ever thought of making more of YouTube when reviewing / learning of a new topic? I have found myself more and more going online and posting videos for my classes to watch prior to a lesson as a way to move beyond the basics and extend the knowledge base with activities and problems. The most recent, to explain / introduce / review mitosis. pOsAbTi9tHw I have also found that if I type in the syllabus point such as "2.3.4 compare prokaryotic and ...

Wikis and IB Chemistry

We have all heard of Wikipedia but what is a Wiki? Simple, a wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number web pages via a web browser. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The following Youtube clip explains how they work: -dnL00TdmLY Wiki books work in a similar manner. They were started as a project to host and build free textbooks. And guess what? There is an IB Chemistry Wiki book ...