International Baccalaureate - IB Resources
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International Baccalaureate (IB) explained
the increasing trend in Hong Kong for International Schools and
ESF (English Schools Foundation) schools to switch from country
specific syllabuses to the IB many in Hong Kong have been left
asking questions about what exactly the IB is and what it offers.
By Gary Hadler. Read More..
The following are some useful links from the IBO official website and other related useful links:
IBO home page - lists addresses of regional offices, a directory of all IB schools with (e-mail) contacts, library support, a very efficient online publication section, statistics (under publications, see the Statistical Bulletin), Subject Guides and teacher support materials (only be available after authorization), the Vade Mecum (the essential handbook to the IB Diploma Programme, under publications), University and Government recognition policies, Special Educational Needs, (calendars of) Workshops and conferences, just to name a few items. One can also subscribe to the quarterly magazine IB World through this website.
Guide to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
IB Programme standards and practices
Recognition of the IB diploma by countries and universities
IB Diploma: A Guide for Universities and Colleges
Diploma Programme assessment
IB: The Diploma Programme
IB: The Middle Years Programme (MYP)
IB and Copyright
online.ibo.org - the Online curriculum centre (OCC), only accessible for subscribers. It features discussion forums, coordinators notes (which list important amendments to the regulations for each subject area as well as the cycle of curriculum development and review), recommended resources. Applications can be sent to [email protected].
www.aaibs.org is an Australasian network of IB schools. The site has all the university entrance scores in IB terms.
European Council of International Schools is a Council of International Schools
A directory of schools worldwide that offer the IB - IB world schools directory
Research by HESA comparing A level and IB students studying at UK universities
IB in the news - http://www.ibo.org/en/news/ - Here is a selection of articles in the media worldwide about the
IB and its programmes.
The following two articles give some interesting perspective on the debate that was conducted in the UK itself as to whether the IB should replace the A-levels.
Pros and cons of replacing A-levels : BBC News Jan 2004
Educationists have been arguing for and against the replacement of A-level exams in England with a version of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
In a pamphlet published by the Social Market Foundation think tank, the School Standards Minister, David Miliband, argues that the system has suffered from a vocational route that is seen as weak, and a narrow, overly academic one.
A-levels and IB 'hard to compare' : BBC News Dec 2003
England's exams watchdog says A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) are broadly comparable but have significant differences of approach.
ITS Educational News - ITS blog which offers comment and discussion of educational issues that effect Hong Kong.
Help for everyone taking the IB. Advice written by former IB students can mostly be found in the forum.
IB notes and discussions for all group subjects including university, CAS, TOK, and Extended Essay (EE). Huge database of notes available!
The Student Room: Discussion forum for International Baccalaureate students.
IB Past Papers: Exam papers & markschemes for sale from the IBO
IB Programme on Wikibooks and Wikipedia
This will be the main page for study guides, education resources and revision notes created for the International Baccalaureate ( IB ) Programme on Wikibooks and Wikipedia. The aim is to collaborate to create a great resource for IB students and teachers to make their learning, study and teaching easier.
OSC IB Resources and News: Includes articles offering advice about the International Baccalaureate for students, parents and schools.
Every IB diploma candidate must submit an extended essay. This link has the IB specifications for EE online.
General Extended Essay advice:
The IBO Extended Essay support page: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/extended-essay/
The official IBO diploma Programme Extended Essay Guide can be downloaded from a variety of websites, such as the following:
An excellent example of an Economics Extended Essay by Jeffery Chang
EconGuru: Some useful extended essay advice and examples
Extended Essay Reports and Exemplars
How to write a good research paper, coursework or extended essay considering the rubric requirements.
It is important when writing a research paper, extended essay or other coursework requirement to research the paper's rubric requirements. By looking at how the piece of work will be assessed it is possible to improve your grade.
Huskie IB Parent Organisation - extended essay advice
TOK Prescribed titles
Theory of Knowledge.net : Online resource for the theory of knowledge course
ToK explained and a large collection of resources - Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection inside and outside the classroom.
Philosophy Games Some TOK related games.
Think is a periodical of the British Royal Institute for Philosophy. Published tri-annually, this magazine is aimed squarely at those with no philosophical background - great for students.
The Philosophers Magazine is a British journal devoted to interesting issues within philosophy. Its scope is rather wider than Theory of Knowledge, though it is not an academic journal, and it is packed full of interesting and funny articles. The interactive 'games' page is particularly fun and worth a visit.
The British Prospect is another magazine that is more general but regularly has excellent TOK resources. As an example, the April 2003 edition contains, among other things, articles on why art galleries should show copies of great works rather than originals; why the scientific community rejects controversial environmental findings; how Hollywood movies are in effect rewriting history for today's movie-going culture; and why a particular brand of relativism does not stand up to analysis.
Parabola Magazine is published four times a year and is thematically based. The back issues on language, consciousness and several other issues are well worth ordering in. Highly accessible and stimulating it draws from universal sources of all types. There are videos as well.
Forum is the official IB Theory of Knowledge magazine. Discussing assessment, lesson plans and activities, schemes of work and conferences, it is an extremely useful resource. The paper version is distributed free to all diploma schools.
This page has links to exam schedules and where to purchase past exam papers from the IBO: http://www.ibo.org/diploma/assessment/
You can ask your IB Coordinator for past papers, or you can purchase past papers and mark schemes from the IBO Store.
The student room.co.uk IB_Revision_Notes: A wide variety and selection of IB revision notes.
UCAS IB Tariff Chart
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IBO Store Official IBO Store selling past papers and mark schemes.
IBID Press Textbooks IBID Textbooks can be ordered through their website.
A Research Guide for Students Learn how to cite sources. A must for IB students.
ITS' free plagiarism checker
www.turnitin.com is an anti-plagiarism site endorsed by the IBO. Send in electronic documents for automated plagiarism report.
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