Setting up your International Award ORB account

If you have decided to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – congratulations!

No doubt you are excited to get underway. Part of the process of the international award depends on identifying activities for your sections: skill, service and physical recreation as well as deciding what you will do for your adventurous journey.

Each section will need a goal that is achievable and that you can work towards realistically in the time that you have available for it. You should decide on your activities and their aims with your Award Leader.

Once you have registered your account following these instructions you will need to setup your account and log you activity. Maintaining accurate records on the ORB is essential to successfully completing your award.

Use the two videos below to help you navigate the process of setting up your account on the ORB:

Setting up your ORB account part 1

Setting up your ORB account pt 2

 

Registering for the International Award’s Online Record Book

If you have decided to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – congratulations!

No doubt you are excited to get underway. Part of the process of the international award depends on identifying activities for your sections: skill, service and physical recreation as well as deciding what you will do for your adventurous journey.

Each section will need a goal that is achievable and that you can work towards realistically in the time that you have available for it. You should decide on your activities and their aims with your Award Leader.

Once you have  decided on your activity you need to register with the International Awards Online Record Book or ORB here. Maintaining accurate records on the ORB is essential to successfully completing your award.

Use the two videos below to help you navigate the process of registering with the International Award ORB.

 

Once you have completed the steps shown in first video, you will have to wait for a few hours to receive an email from the International Award ORB asking you to confirm your email. Do this and then once your Award Leader has confirmed you as a participant you will receive another email that will have your log in details for the ORB. These and the next steps are shown in the following video.

I hope this helps you to get set up. Leave any comments if you have questions.

Bio Reading List

August 2016

Reading, Reading, Reading! Reading for research and Reading to support a deeper understanding of the subject. It can be a tricky one with some DP students. For one they already have six subjects plus TOK, Extended Essay and CAS and so encouragement to take up some “outside” reading of their subjects can appear to some of them as overkill and an extra burden. Secondly in the internet age I notice that more students will readily turn to google and a variety of dubious websites to try to quickly find information in the name of “research” for assignments, instead of relying on their course textbook as the first recourse for research.

How to get students using the materials like reference textbooks more readily as well as encouraging a deeper interest in the subject is a perennial question for me.

Below is a list of books that I give to DP biology students which I started compiling in 2014. Some of these I award as internal prizes for a variety of competitions and some I try to build into my course.

You can now add to this list and download your own copy by clicking here.

If you do download please do add to the list.