Category Archives: Appeal

Two Million Views on i-Biology.net!

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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

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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.

JustGiving guarantees that 100% of the donation is passed on to the charity.

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*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. 

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Biology4Good – Please pay it forwards!

Biology4Good!

Biology4Good!

So it’s D-Day for the Bi-ologists! 

There has been a run of new site records here this week,  with 6,941 views on 16 May, 11,709 on May 17 and 15,982 on May 18.  That’s cool and thanks for the support of the site. Now before you go (and many of you never visit the site again once the exams are done), please take a minute to flick through the presentation below and think about making a donation to one of my chosen charities.

The resources here are free, though take many many hours of work. If you feel they have been worth your time, please think about donating the cost of a revision guide. All the money goes to the charities – I do not collect any.

Best of luck, and try to get some sleep between papers 2 and 3!

MrT

Movember 2011 – sponsorship links

It’s Mo-vember again and the facial foliage is taking shape. It also just happens to be mid-way through right after  the November 2011 session Biology exams. A perfect time to launch an appeal for sponsorship from teachers and students who have used this site in their studies.

My MoVember page

Movember is simple – grow a mo’ for the month of Movember to raise money and awareness of oft-ignored men’s health issues, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer and depression.

November sessioners (and others), here is a chance to pay it forwards by giving to something seasonal and topical: please make a donation at my MoSpace page! Please get on board or show your support for all the free resources posted here by making a small donation.

In other appeals so far, i-Biology has raised around GBP300 for various charities through my Biology4Good donations page.

Here’s a curriculum link for good measure: 2.5 Cell Division (tumours and cancer).

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Movember videos:

First up – some of the real impacts made by Movember fundraising – with real science.

And here are the rules of Movember:

Thai Floods – Shelterbox appeal

The recent floods in Thailand have killed many and displaced many more. John Burrell, author of Click4Biology, lives and teaches in Thailand and has posted an appeal for donations to relief charity Shelterbox. If you have taken advantage of his free site over recent years, please pay it forwards – visit the site and make a donation.

Biology4Good – please help make a difference.

Biology4Good - click to make a donationWhat a week – over 20,000 visitors around the IB Biology exams! I hope it went well for you all, especially my awesome BIS kids!

If you’re a student or teacher who has been using these resources and they have helped you, please consider making a charity donation through my Biology4Good gifts list. Donations are secure and 100% of the value is given to charity.

Please take a couple of minutes to look through this presentation. Pass it on to your friends and teachers and please make these efforts worthwhile. There is more information about Biology4Good here:

Check out this for a post-exam stat-slump:

A record-breaking week on the blogApologies for two very similar posts in a week – I wanted to catch you before you left and perhaps never came back to the site now that IB exam stress is done!

MrT

Merapi Eruption and Mentawais Tsunami

Guardian Slideshow

Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are no rarity here in Indonesia. The Indonesian archipelago is a series of thousands of volcanic islands which emerged from the ocean millions of years ago. These islands are the product of the convergence of the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is our home.

The trade-off for the fertile lands, natural resources and wonderful seas around the area is the ever-present risk of disaster. The price of these disasters, when they occur, is usually paid in the lives of the poor.

Since the tsunami of 2004 an early-warning system has been developed and implemented in many locations in the Indian Ocean. In 2006, it appears that early-warning messages were not relayed appropriately, costing more lives in Pangandaran. No early warning existed for the recent Mentawais tsunami, as it was not considered cost-effective to install the system for such a small population. At least 430 people were killed.

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The Mentawais are an internationally-renowned spot for high-class surf, and SurfAid International are leading fund-raising and relief operations in the area. Through the Surf-Aid schools project, you can access free resources and teaching materials to help students learn about global issues, the oceans and citizenship.To make a donation to the Mentawais relief efforts, please visit their site. Here is a video report on the affected area from their website:

Edit: You can see a recording of a presentation given by Milton Brown as part of the Global Education Conference 2010 by clicking here. You will need Elluminate installed.

Another ongoing story is the eruption of Gunung Merapi in central Java. This is a little closer to home for us here in Bandung, though our city is not directly affected. However, thousands have been displaced and many lives lost, with a high demand still for aid and support. For a gallery of hard-hitting images from the Guardian, click on the photo below:

Click on the image to see a stunning slideshow from the Guardian. Photo by Clara Prima/AFP/GettyImages

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Among those affected are SOS Children’s Villages in the region. These are orphanages and community projects which provide homes and education for hundreds of children. They are in real need of basics – clothes, nappies, baby needs and more. If you wish to donate directly to SOS in Indonesia, please follow the link here. If you wish to make a donation to the international organisation, please visit their international website here. Tax advantages are applicable in some countries and you get some say over where your money goes.

BIS students are aiming to help the Merapi SOS Children’s Villages that were affected by raising money through the annual Talent Show and collecting materials and resources needed . Good luck!

Here’s some AP video footage of Merapi in action:

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