2023 is an important year for the IB DP Sciences. We started planning the updates to our teaching & learning and study & revision resources early on to be able to support teachers for the first teaching of these new courses.
Our overall objective has been to understand the changes to IB Diploma Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and to apply them to our banks of resources so they will be current and enable you and your students to succeed. In this short piece, we describe how we are applying these changes.
Teaching & Learning
To create the updates, we first carried out a thorough review and comparison of the existing syllabus with the new documentation released by the IB. We’re pleased to make this comparison available to be downloaded and edited for your own use.
This served as the basis for writing briefs, so that our subject matter experts would know what changes to make to our resources. We took into consideration the overall aims of the course updates, i.e., to facilitate the creation of deep knowledge by:
- reducing the emphasis on factual recall,
- promoting more inquiry,
- taking a more conceptual approach to teaching and learning via content that is structured around overarching concepts and themes,
- making the skills that students need to demonstrate more explicit, and
- reflecting the revised assessment model.
We followed the organisational structure of the new guides, focusing on the essential ideas, understanding, applications and skills to achieve complete syllabus-matching.
Once the updates are completed (this work is still underway), they will go through a robust review process, firstly by IB teachers and examiners, and then by our editorial team. We have a tremendous group of contributors from IB schools all over the world who ensure that we reflect the diversity of the IB community and that the resources are to the point.
One of our chief objectives is to enable student success in the updated courses.
Our in-built DP Exam Question Bank gives you access to ready-made IB and Pamoja exams for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the two Mathematics courses. It also allows you to curate your own exams – by selecting individual questions from all available exams and by adding your own questions.
In readiness for the new Sciences, we are mapping all exam questions in the Exam Question Bank to the new courses so you will be able to start preparing students for IB-style assessments immediately.
Study & Revision
OSC Study continues to be a comprehensive resource for you and your students. For study, we include Theory Videos and Flashcards. For revision, we offer Revision Guides and Practice Exams consisting of official IB past papers and Pamoja exams. Picture this as the Exam Question Bank for study mode.
All exam questions are sortable by teaching and difficulty level and are accompanied by fully worked, step-by-step answers and video solutions. This adds a previously inaccessible dimension to past papers for students.
The different formats accommodate students’ individual study styles, and because everything is being updated and mapped to the new courses, students will be able to easily access any of these resource types whilst studying any given topic. We’ll soon be adding recommendations for study pathways, providing support to those students who prefer a more structured approach to their study and revision time.
One thing is common to all our resources: they are written and developed by IB educators who are experts in the IB courses and pedagogy, thus ensuring that they respond directly to your and your students’ needs.
Let’s Meet Some of Our Authors
The aim of Theory Videos is to anchor conceptual knowledge with crisp and clear definitions and examples, and to give students who may have missed content classes (or need the reinforcement) the benefit of a teacher explanation. We have a talented group of Educators collaborating on the Theory Videos:
We look forward to keeping you updated as the new content rolls out.