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Useful Links for IB Students

IB Subject Resources

The following links contain a collection of subject specific resource links for IB students studying different subjects

Anthropology Biology Business Studies Chemistry Computer Science Economics English Environmental Systems French Geography History ITGS Mathematics Philosophy Physics Psychology Spanish Visual Arts

IB General : The following are some useful links from the IBO official website

IBO home page
IBO home page

IB Programme standards and practices
IB Programme standards and practices

Diploma Programme assessment
Diploma Programme assessment

IB : The Diploma Programme
IB : The Diploma Programme

IB : The Middle Years Programme (MYP)
IB : The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

IB and Copyright
IB and Copyright

The parents guide to the IB Diploma An essential guide for parents, this 30-page document is written specifically to address questions and concerns over the IB diploma and is free to download:

A directory of schools worldwide that offer the IB

IB world schools directory

IB News articles

IB in the 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 itslef as to whether the IB should replace the A-levels.

Pros and cons of replacing A-levels : BBC News Jan 2004
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
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.

IB Websites for students

IB Help
IB Help
Help for everyone taking the IB. Advice written by former IB students can mostly be found in the forum.

IB Student
IB Student
The aim of this website is to help students who are currently studying in the IB Diploma Program. The forums provide answers to any problems you may be experiencing. The "Study" link has detailed explanations of all the material covered in some subjects. Finally, the "Jokes" and "Games" are there for you to blow off some steam, have fun and relax a bit.

IB students
IB students
As one of the 200,000 IB students worldwide, this page will give you some shortcuts to information that is relevant to you while you are studying one of the three IB programmes. For further support, please contact the IB coordinator at your school.

IB Past Papers : Forum
IB Past Papers : Forum

IB Programme on Wikibooks and Wikipedia
International Baccalaureate ( 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.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Wikicity
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Wikicity is worldwide International Baccalaureate students' archive of notes and materials collected during lessons. As well as containing general information about the IB written by its students, the wiki will serve as a discussion platform for this topic.

IB : Students Place
Welcome to IB, Students Place! This site has been originally developed as a CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) activity and for students at the IB programme at Torsberg, Sweden. Later on developed for students all around the globe.

Wicked IB
IB help and notes, links, downloads and lot's of fun Stuff

Forum for past, present, and future IB students.
ibscrewed.net : Forum for past, present, and future IB students.

IBW : IB Web for Students
The IBW is a meeting point for future, previous and current IB students, perhaps even teachers and parents. You are free to discuss everyday issues with your friends worldwide in our forum.

IB Lounge Forum
A forum to discuss issues about the IB. It was developed to be a meeting place for all the world’s IB students. This website was developed by and for IB students.

Extended essay resources

The Complete Guide to Extended Essays
Every IB diploma candidate must submit an extended essay. This link has the IB specifications for EE online.

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.
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IB Extended Essay (word doc) from EMB Consultants
IB Extended Essay (word doc) from EMB Consultants ... click on 'resources'
IB Extended Essay | Sample extended essay schedule | Sample progress tracking form | An example of a General Criteria Checklist |

Extended Essay Titles and Abstracts EE Titles and Abstracts, graded (pdf, .doc files). Excellent for getting some ideas on topics to write.

Huskie IB Parent Organisation - extended essay advice

History Extended Essay Assessment Criteria History EE Assessment Criteria.

Extended Essay titles Extended Essay titles from a range of subjects.

EE Subject Guidelines Extended Essay individual subject guidelines.

The Extended Essay Subject specific guidelines.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Essays and Coursework

TOK - Theory of Knowledge

TOK Prescribed titles for November 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

ToK and Critical thinking.
This website offers an approach to Critical Thinking which they call "Thinking Routines"
These resources, lesson plans and suggestions look to be very useful to the ToK programme especially because of their relevance to current events and also their use of technology.

ToK Notes
ToK Notes
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection inside and outside the classroom

IB Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Resources at Anagnosis Books
IB Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Resources at Anagnosis Books
IBToK Web Sites : These sites form a constantly updated resource for anyone studying IB Theory of Knowledge.

ToK Notes and Resources
ToK Notes and Resources
Word document versions of the TOK resources to print out

Aims of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) programme
Aims of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) programme
Perception | Reason | Language | Emotion |

How to write a good TOK essay
How to write a good TOK essay -
Aims, Objectives, Linking Questions.

Media Criticism TOK presentation topic: Media Ethics and bias.

KA ThoK-Notes TOK notes.

Philosophy Games Some TOK related games. Take a look at Battleground God.

Science and TOK Notes on Science and TOK.

TOK Help Theory of Knowledge resources, discussion, and essay assistance.

TOK Guide (pdf file)

TOK homepage

Epistemoloy index


IB Exams and mark schemes

May 2007 and November 2007 Examination Schedule (pdf file)

You can ask your IB Coordinator for past papers, or you can purchase past papers and mark schemes from the IBO Store.

Yahoo Groups - IB

IB Notes Contributers Yahoo group for IB students. Also has notes for various IB subjects.

IB World Geeks Yahoo group for IB students. Also has notes for various IB subjects.

IB Students Club Yahoo Group

IB Anonymous Yahoo Group

ib4ever Yahoo Group

General IB websites

IB Notes Notes on lots of subjects.

The IB Notes Website Notes on German, Latin, Math Methods, Physics, History, and Classical Greek.

revision-notes.co.uk IB Stuff Notes on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Anthropology.

IB Resources Economics notes and portfolio essays. Also has Physics and Chemistry labs, TOK essay, and Computer Science Extended Essay.

Survive the IB Some biology and psychology notes. Programs for TI83+ Calculator.

Subject Marking Guides for IB Exams Full list of subjects on page 3.

Vaughan IB Notes New site with some notes on English, French, Math, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

IB Notes Extravaganza

www.ibstudent.eu Information and forums for IB students.

IBaStudent.com Links to free resources for IB students, sorted by subject.

Collection of links useful for IB students

A collection of links for subject resources

Commercial Websites

IBO Store Official IBO Store selling past papers and mark schemes.

IBID Press Textbooks IBID Textbooks can be ordered through their website.

IB Math Prep Student Preparation Programs offered by South Carolina Educational Communications

Non-IB related links

A Research Guide for Students Learn how to cite sources. A must for IB students.

ITS free plagiarism checker




911 - debunking the myths


Greyscale thinking

Cui bono? How to investigate for hidden truths.

Posted on June 20th, 2009 by Michael

Deception is one of nature’s long-standing survival strategies. All of the unfolding darwinian extravaganza of life uses deception to survive — even at the level of microorganisms.

And, as any ten-year-old already knows, when it comes to human behaviour, things are rarely as they seem.

There are deceptions. There are hidden motives and hidden agendas. There are people ‘behind the scenes’. There are manipulators. There are scapegoats. There are turncoats. There are traps and ambushes. There are willing or paid agents. There are big investments and potential payoffs. There are opportunists and there are traitors.

Little wonder that situations are rarely how they seem. Rarely how they are portrayed. Nor are they what they seem to be on the surface. So what can you do? What can you use to find out what’s really happening in complex situations? What investigative tools can anyone use?

One ancient and clever tool is called cui bono.

The power of the cui bono is the most likely answer to the question: who benefits?

This is always a very useful question to ask. However, because of the very nature of deception there is not always a very obvious answer to that question.

Investigative journalism and criminal investigations may invest considerable resources in trying to construct comprehensive answers to the cui bono. They are trying to find out: who benefits most from the crime or situation that we are investigating?

Is it true?

You can also use greyscale thinking to pursue the truth in any situation that arises.

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