IB Biology Orientation
Welcome to the 2013-14 School Year!
Here is a quick overview of i-Biology.net for new and returning users – teachers and students – and I wish you all the best in your studies. Please note that this is not an official IB product and so should be treated with due caution. I do my best to keep it current and accurate, and appreciate constructive feedback.
The purpose of this site
This was designed as a support site for my own students, and hosts all of our class resources: presentations, links, videos and more. It is intended to allow for more student-focused teaching in that we do not go through every presentation as a lecture, this resource acts more as a student text and set of provocations for discussion and inquiry. Having said that, we are preparing for a terminal examination, so there is significant content to prepare students.
I have students keep track of their progress in their own personal GoogleSites and we have focused sessions on some topics and subtopics where needed. We use Quia extensively for pre-assessment and practice, and all tasks are based around model exam questions, data analysis, discussion and lab work. There is a high degree of cooperative learning in the class. Students have their own copy of Allott’s Study Guide and we have some Course Companions in the class.
By using the tabs at the top of the site you will find pages for all Core subtopics and all of the options and HL topics that I have taught. I do not have (nor plan to have) content for the remaining options.
- Command terms & sortable syllabus
- Exam skills – drawing, calculations, etc
- IA & 4PSOW support, including a student-facing unpacked coversheet for self-assessment
- Resources to support ICT in IB Biology
- Lots of lesson ideas for TOK Connections in IB Biology
The front page of this site is a blog, which is periodically updated with resources, news or discussion of science and education. Follow it, if you wish. I appreciate comments and sharing through Twitter.
This work has been shared in a spirit of Creative Commons. I am happy for it to be shared and used in classes, but it is not acceptable to re-host it on other public servers or adapt it to sell. Find out more here.
Biology4Good Charity Donations
This work is open and shared so that others can benefit and save time, focusing on good teaching and learning instead of having to reinvent the wheel. I do not charge for access, though I really appreciate it when people make small donations to one of my chosen charities through my JustGiving page Biology4Good. Pay it Forward – please estimate the time and money you have saved by using this and give a small proportion to charity. Find out more here. Donors giving GBP20 or more (and leaving their email address) will be given access to a DropBox folder with more editable powerpoint files.
I moderate all comments. This is a site for students, so please behave accordingly. I do appreciate questions and suggestions for corrections.