IB Biology Lab Bank

Aims of this project

This wikispace has been developed for IB Biology teachers to help:
  • Develop a scheme of work to support inquiry in the 4PSOW
  • Develop ideas for investigations suitable for internal assessment
  • Meet requirements for ICT use in the IB Biology programme
  • Develop resources in schools that may have limited budgets or technology
  • Give support to teachers new to the IB Biology course

Joining In

All resources that have been added to this wiki can be viewed without logging in.

If you are willing to take part and add your own ideas:
Log on the OCC and send Stephen Taylor a private message via the forums facility.
Include your email address so you can be sent an email with an invitation to join.
This way, membership is restricted to IB Biology teachers only.
Please don't request membership via this space, as there is no way of knowing who you really are.

Please take part!

If each of our over 400 (!) members added just one idea over the next couple of weeks, we'd have a greater wealth of resources to help teachers across the PSOW. Please join in.

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Subject Reports

Be sure to read these as they are published on the OCC.
There is always good advice to be found in those reports for teachers and students.

IB Animal Experimentation Policy

All Group 4 teachers must pay attention to this document, which has been the subject of much discussion on the Biology forum on the OCC. Find out more about it on the Animal Experimentation page.

Recommended Course Materials

Internet Sources

- Biology Online Curriculum Centre (http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/home/subjectHome.cfm?subject=biolo)
With a forum and access to lots of teacher-produced resources. Your IB Coordinator should get you a login ID.

- Click4Biology (http://click4biology.info)
John Burrell's Excellent revision site

- ICT in IB Biology (http://web.me.com/mindorffd/Site/home.html)
Lots of help in meeting the requirements for ICT in the 4PSOW, from David Mindorrf

- North Harris College (Lonestar College) has a fantastic collection of links to practical investigations (http://nhscience.lonestar.edu/biol/)

- IB Teacher support material, with assessed example IAs.

- The Open Door Website (http://www.saburchill.com/IBbiology/bio_hp.html)
IB Biology section written by Paul Biliet contains a wealth of information and ideas

- Science Video Resources (http://sciencevideos.wordpress.com)
Visualising Science: A collection of videos, presentations and animations in a blog format (IB Front Page here)

OCC Downloads

You'll need access to the OCC to get these.

- Lab Report Guide from Randy McGonagle
- Great 4/PSOW generator from Michael Brooks
- Student Handbook from Stephen Taylor
- Teachers' Record Book in Excel from Stephen Taylor


- Biology course Companion, Andrew Allott and David Mindorff. Oxford University Press. ISBN-13 978-099151240
Good course handbook with lots or practical ideas and a section on Extended Essays and Internal Investigations.

- A Portfolio of Investigations in Biology. Gibson, J. IBID Press, 2001. ISBN 1 876659 009.
Good starting point for the 'classic' teaching pracs.

- Further Investigations in Biology (Vol 1): Cells and Biochemistry. Billiet, P. et al. IBID Press, 2002. ISBN 1 876659 068

- Further Investigations in Biology (Vol 2): Organisms and their Environment. Billiet, P. et al. IBID Press, 2000. ISBN 1 876659 18 1

- Further Investigations in Biology (Vol 3): Plants. Billiet, P. et al. IBID Press 2001. ISBN 1 876659 53 X

- Teaching Secondary Biology. Reis, M (Ed). John Murray Science Practice series from the Association for Science Education, 1999. ISBN 0 7195 7637 7

- Lab Techniques in Biology. Hook, G and Ingram, B. Longman Cheshire, 1988. ISBN 0 582 86853 X

- Data Handling in Biology. Hook, G and Ingram, B. Longman Cheshire, 1989. ISBN 0 582 86854 8

Lab Bank News

New page: ICT in IB Biology
Members so far: Over 400!

Image source:
False-coloured SEM of a fruit fly (Drosophila busckii), from the Journal of Endocrinology