Category Archives: Principled Action
A quick post in response to a number of emails, comments and other messages I’ve received recently. A new IB Biology guide has been released for first teaching in summer 2014 and first examinations May 2016. It outlines significant changes to the course, especially in terms of internal assessment and examinations and the prescriptive nature of the content coverage has shifted to be more open-ended.
Much of the content-based work on here will remain useful, though will need to be reorganised. I will leave the IA support stuff up here for the coming year and will work over the coming academic year to update the site as far as possible. I will likely remove a lot of IA-related content, as we are to expect significant teacher support material on the OCC, and that is where teachers should be making their first stop for reliable documentation.
Personally, my load has shifted in recent years. It has taken about seven years to build this site and all of its assets, and I am happy to continue to share them freely. However, most of my time is now taken up with being and MYP Coordinator and teaching MYP science classes. My IB Biology class are currently in IB1, and I will keep them next year. I also have family, MA studies and other commitments, so will not likely be able to revamp every presentation in the immediate future. Please give it time and use your judgment as to what is useful and valuable if you are starting teaching of the new guide this summer.
We have now passed 3.2 million views on the site, with over £3,750 in charity donations made through Biology4Good. If you donate £20 or more, you can have access to a folder of all the editable resources I still have. These donations and the ability to support a selection of my favourite charities are significant motivators for continuing to update this site, so thank-you for the ongoing support.
i-Biology.net recently passed three million views!
Thank-you everyone for the support over the last six and a half years, and especially to those who have been showing your appreciation by making donations to my chosen charities through the Biology4Good lists on JustGiving; we have raised GB£3,415.86 so far (US$5626.95), which is great and helps all this work make a difference beyond the classroom.
If you want to make a donation, please visit the Biology4Good page for more information. 100% of all donations go to the charity (not to me), and the donation can be enhanced with GiftAid if you are a UK taxpayer.
With best wishes for 2014 to all i-Biology.net users,
Thanks Kasia from Hope HIV for getting in touch and sending this video, that outlines the great work that they do with the donations people make. They focus on the idea of ‘using who you are to make a difference,’ which is perfect for IB students and teachers. Visit this page in particular to see some stories of people that they have hope in – and then if you feel like making a donation, please visit my JustGiving page for Hope HIV here.
For more resources on HIV and how it connects to our curriculum, visit the page for 6.3 Defense Against Infectious Disease here.
And this one outlines their amazing work and growth since 2000.
The first donation I processed for Biology4Good was a sleeping bag for a rhino ranger (thanks Mum!). Thanks to Katherine from the Save the Rhino team for sending this 10-minute documentary that showcases the important work that StR do and why you should support them.
This connects across the curriculum, with conservation, biodiversity and, due to the nature of rhino horn-hunting, protein structure, alternative medicine and TOK.
If you like the resources here on i-Biology and like the work that they do, please make a donation via my JustGiving page.
Thanks to Abi from Save the Children UK for getting in touch with links to resources to showcase some of the amazing work Save The Children do – I’ve had a monthly standing order donation with them since Freshers’ Week 1999 (must have been a cute volunteer outside Queen’s University Belfast), and I know they put money to great use.
The slogan is simple: No Child Born To Die. Watch the video below to see some of their accomplishments over 2011 alone, none of which is possible without donations. Their work includes IB Biology-relevant work on vaccinations, development and nutrition, as well as post-tsunami recovery work here in Japan and tireless work at home in the UK.
If you think their work is worthwhile and like what you use here at i-Biology.net, you can donate on my JustGiving page here.
Mines Advisory Group (MAG) started in a caravan in my hometown of Cockermouth in the UK, and has blossomed over the last two decades into a major worldwide organisation dedicated to making war-torn areas safer by surveying and removing landmines and unexploded ordnance. They were co-recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for their work on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and are well-deserving of all the funds we can raise.
Here is a 23-minute film, “Surviving the Peace“, which focuses on Laos and outlines how they work and the lasting impacts their work has on the lives of survivors of war. If you want to support them, please make a donation via my Biology4Good page for MAG, on JustGiving.
Updated for International Mines Awareness Day 2013 (4 April), here is a new video on “Surviving the Peace: Angola“:
From the MAG Website:
“After more than 27 years of civil war (1975-2002), Angola is one of the most landmine-affected countries in the world.
These deadly weapons don’t discriminate between soldiers and civilians, nor between adults and children.
• cause death and injury to people carrying out their everyday activities;
• deny communities access to their farming land and water sources;
• cause food insecurity and poverty;
• deny movement, leaving communities socially and economically isolated;
• prevent refugees and internally displaced people returning home;
• hamper rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction;
• leave populations living in fear.
MAG is removing the threat of injury and death in Angola, and helping to alleviate economic devastation.”
Make a donation here.
Thanks to Maryam from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), for getting in touch with links to these two videos that explain the excellent work MSF do in responding to natural and human-caused disasters. Many of you using this site will be thinking about medicine or the health sciences as a career. As IB students you are global-minded, caring and principled young adults. Watch these, get inspired and maybe ten years from now we’ll see you on their videos.
If you want to support MSF, please visit my Biology4Good JustGiving page.
Yesterday I moved my Biology4good donations to a JustGiving.com team. Since then, some of the charities have got in contact to share resources to encourage donations. First up: Tree Aid. Thanks Tom for the emails and for uploading this video to show the work they do – it is truly amazing and I am happy to be supporting them.
Serendipitously, the video focuses on the nutrional benefits of planting moringa trees to benefit communities, which ties in closely with the final unit for my own class, Option A: Human Nutrition & Health.
If you like what you see, please visit my TreeAid page and make a small donation.
This week saw i-Biology.net push past two million page views. It now gets around 4,000 views per day, which is a lot of teachers and students looking for resources. This week also saw the closure of Gifts4Good.co.uk*, who had been processing charitable donations for Biology4Good.
So this week is the perfect time to re-launch my appeal for donations to charity through Biology4Good on a bigger service, JustGiving.
These IB Biology presentations, Essential Biology worksheets and other resources are available to you to use for free, but please consider making a donation to one of my chosen charities via Biology4Good (powered by JustGiving.com). Hopefully they have saved you time and stress as a teacher or grades as a student – please consider the huge effort this takes and let them make a difference to others, too.
*This project started first on Gifts4Good, which has sadly closed. “Offline Donations” mentioned on the team page refer to donations that were processed in the old incarnation of Gifts4Good.