The provision of quality digital education resources has played a vital role in allowing over one billion school children to continue learning throughout the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. But communities with limited resources that need quality schooling are missing out. This has deepened inequities already present in the education system.
Providing quality resources, both low- and high-tech, will continue to play a huge role in closing the education divide and keeping children engaged in learning, both during school closures and as schools try to catch up on lost learning opportunities during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To continue to support schools and teachers with home learning and increase equity, the IB has introduced the IB Webliography, which collates some of the best online learning resources in one place. It’s a collective effort between the IB and educators around the world, which allows teachers to work collaboratively and provides a platform for sharing ideas and interesting content.
The IB Webliography currently hosts free resources for a selection of IB subjects, which prior to being posted on the site, are reviewed by an IB subject matter expert to ensure the content is strong and in line with the curriculum and pedagogy.
“Having access to a variety of resources is essential to ensure more students can be reached and learn effectively”.
On the site, we have a Primary Years Programme (PYP) section and eight Diploma Programme (DP) subjects are available with Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Career-related Programme (CP) resources coming soon. Each classroom subject is listed separately and under each heading users can choose a resource and click through to a third-party site to access what they want to use.
For example, under DP English language and literature A, there are TED talks, short animated lessons, interviews with well-known authors and podcast lectures. While in the PYP section, there are links to downloadable worksheets, maths apps, videos, interactive exercises, project-based learning ideas, games and more.
It’s easy to find relevant material: under each resource heading there’s a written summary of exactly what it contains and a recommendation on how best to use it for educational purposes.
Having access to a variety of resources is essential to ensure more students can be reached and learn effectively. Research by the EdWeek Research Centre shows that under-resourced schools are most likely to use and need a much wider range of tools to reach children during school closures. It found that while most schools relied heavily on email, teachers in these schools were twice as likely to use more creative methods of communication, such as text messages, phone calls, social media and printed matter sent by post.
The opportunities to find new and exciting ways to communicate with learners from all backgrounds can be broadened with resources listed in the IB Webliography. The IB hopes to continue to grow the site, adding more features, languages and subjects as more innovative digital resources are discovered and tested.
Share your recommendations
“There is great power in discovering different ways to facilitate learning”
As part of this collaboration, the IB is inviting educators to submit their own resource recommendations to be reviewed by the IB Webliography review team. Guidelines for submitting material state that resources must be free and available online and that all URLs should link to a primary resource (instead of a page with a list of resources). Resources should also be connected to a precise syllabus item, instead of the entire subject. For example, instead of listing a YouTube channel, teachers should link to a specific video that they particularly like.
If the pandemic has taught educators anything, it’s that there is great power in discovering different ways to facilitate learning. While you can never replace a teacher in a classroom, there are many advantages to letting students access and digest varied materials in their own time and at their own pace. And the IB Webliography enables educators to find a treasure trove of knowledge for their students.
Visit the IB Webliography and see what resources are already available!
If you enjoyed this story, consider reading more below: