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Are you IA ready?

The Chemistry internal assessment (or IA) is worth 20% of your final grade. It is assessed by your teacher and then your teachers marking is looked at by a moderator. The aim of this blog post is to introduce you to the IA criteria and to give you some tips and suggestions as to how you can achieve your best possible grade. Find out more

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Chemistry Nobel Prize – This Years Winners are…

... John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their work on something you probably take for granted and use every day of your life - the Lithium-ion battery Find out more

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Process portfolio – Questions and Answers

A while ago I had a Visual Arts Process Portfolio question and answer session with my students and thought I’d share questions and answers. Find out more

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Evaluating your IA programme

The ‘new’ IB chemistry course is now in its fifth year. With this in mind, when was the last time you evaluated your IA programme? Is it time for a rethink? Have you settled into a routine that is more of a compromise as opposed to a system them works for you and your students? Find out more

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Misinformation and disinformation: how the term fake news is meaningless

The ability for our students to determine who and what to trust is critical literacy in a nutshell. Our focus on how to analyse texts has not changed. What has changed is the media landscape in our ‘post truth’ or ‘post fact’ world. Find out more

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The benefits of keeping a journal – advice for Language and Literature students

Keep a journal as you read and watch each text, focus on the four suggested fields of inquiry. This will set up your thinking for perceptive understanding in each of your assessments. Find out more

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Mass extinction of insects

Up to 50% of all insects may have been lost since 1970 as a result of habitat removal, the increased use of pesticides, invasive species, climate change and light pollution. Find out more

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The Indian dipole

One example of consequences of climate change is the rise in temperatures in the Indian Ocean which may be linked to the bush-fires in Australia and flooding in parts of Africa. Find out more

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She lit up the stage

This blog will look at what challenges we had in terms of lighting, what we wanted to achieve and how we achieved the desired effects.  Find out more

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ITGS – Digital Society Update

The DP course title Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) will change to Digital Society in 2022. Find out more

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William Ramsey

William Ramsey was Scottish and was born in Glasgow on the 2nd October 1852 where he eventually went on to study chemistry at the University of Glasgow. His studies and research too him to Germany, Bristol and eventually University College London (UCL). Find out more

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How to use light to show the darkness

This blog will explain how I achieved some lighting effects for 'The Railway Children' that I co-designed the lights for recently, and will also refer to a play I saw in New York recently, that used very subtle lighting, very effectively. Find out more

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E/Z cis / trans – geometric isomers

The E/Z or cis / trans system can be used to name geometric isomers. Geometric isomers are molecules that have groups above and below the plane of a ring or double bond. Find out more

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Great Mathematicians 7 – Pythagoras

Much of what we know about Pythagoras is conjecture. We do know that he was born on the Greek island of Samos in about 570 BC. Around about 530 BC he founded what can only be called a rather bizarre sect in Croton, in Italy. Find out more

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Documenting temporary artworks

How do you show the IB examiners something that no longer exists (e.g. branches that were burned)? In this blog post we discuss the process of decomposition and destruction by fire, the way things change as they end their existence, the visual qualities and the nature of change. Find out more

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Trafficking in Britain

It is not known how many illegal migrants there are in Britain. Some estimates put them at around 650,000 +/- 200,000! What is clear, however is that people will take huge risks to enter the UK in search of work. What is also clear is that security has been tightened at the main ports and that smugglers have switched to other ports. Find out more

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Researching a world theatre tradition

This blog will look at all the different ways you can go about carrying out research into a tradition, and will provide Kathakali sources you may want to use yourself.  Find out more

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Arts assessment: Thoughts and Suggestions

Here are five issues that can play a role when assessing the work of students taking the IB Visual Arts examinations. Find out more

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Surveillance and Freedom

The control of society is as old as government itself, but modern technology combined with the power of predictive algorithms, has provided states, along with multinational corporations, with more and more invidious methods of citizens’ control. Find out more

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Glacial streams as a carbon sink

Scientists have only recently discovered that Arctic/glacial meltwater streams take in atmospheric carbon at a faster rate than tropical rainforests. Find out more

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