Oral Presentation Planning


Written on April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Here is the document you can use for your primary Presentation outline.

Here is the official Presentation Planning Document.

Indigenous knowledge systems


Written on February 23, 2014 – 3:16 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Go to these links and answer the following questions in a short PowerPoint presentation that you will upload to Authorstream , post the link in the comments, and present to the class. Be sure to include stories and personal examples. The presentation should last no longer than five minutes. This is a “dress rehearsal” for your official Oral Presentation. Before you click on the first links, read this and then go to The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People.

What is this Area of Knowledge about?

What practical problems can be solved by applying this knowledge?

What makes this Area of Knowledge important?

Show the connections at least three Ways of Knowing have to this Area of Knowledge.

Religious Knowledge Systems


Written on February 23, 2014 – 3:11 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Go to these links and your textbook and answer the following questions in a short PowerPoint presentation that you will upload to Authorstream , post the link in the comments, and present to the class. Be sure to include stories and personal examples. The presentation should last no longer than five minutes. This is a “dress rehearsal” for your official Oral Presentation. Before you click on the first links, read this.

What is this Area of Knowledge about?

What practical problems can be solved by applying this knowledge?

What makes this Area of Knowledge important?

Show the connections at least three Ways of Knowing have to this Area of Knowledge.

Human Sciences


Written on February 19, 2014 – 3:19 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

What is:

* psychology
* anthropology
* political science
* economics
* sociology

Use many examples.

How are two Ways of Knowing used in each one.

Upload your short PowerPoint presentation to Authorstream and paste the link in the comments section.

Sources Of Morality


Written on January 28, 2014 – 3:23 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Upload your PowerPoints on the sources of morality to Authorstream.

Then, paste the link in the comments section of this post.

Prepare a five minute presentation to go with your slideshow. After all the presentations, each student will answer the question “Where do you think is the primary source of your own morality” using information from the presentation and your own personal experiences as evidence.

Revised TOK Schedule — 2014


Written on January 2, 2014 – 9:17 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

REVISED TOK SCHEDULE — 2014

JANUARY:

• History p. 300-322 (homework due January 6th)
• Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due January 13th)
• Semester Final Exam — Essay

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FEBRUARY
• Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due February 3rd)
• Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due February 11th)
• Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due February 18th)
• Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)
• TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by February 24th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for three weeks. Your written plan will be due on March 5th.
MARCH

• You will make your presentation in late-March. Presentations will be video-recorded
• CAS Review
APRIL
• Everyone will spend one week “teaching lessons” & then groups will decide if they want to make a second presentation (which will be done in late April).

For teaching lessons, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge. Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to a small group. You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged. You will have one class period to chose and prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present.

MAY:
• Work on TOK Essay, which will be due on June 6th
• One or two weeks “teaching lessons”

Putting Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes


Written on December 15, 2013 – 5:16 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Explore the different videos and sites at The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes.

After thirty minutes of exploring the different sites, please answer the following questions:

* Which site or video there do you think provided you with the most accurate experience of “walking in someone else’s shoes”? Please provide the reasons behind your choice.

* How close do you think we can come to truly experiencing what someone else experiences? Please provide a percentage — 10, 20, 30, etc. percent, and provide the reasons for your answer.

* What are the benefits — if any — to trying to put yourself in someone else’s shoes?

If you can, please try to use TOK language, particularly what we’ve learned about the Ways of Knowing (language, reason, emotion, perception, memory, imagination,faith, intuition) in your responses.

Hmong New Year


Written on November 24, 2013 – 4:31 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Hmong new year

Memory As A Way Of Knowing


Written on October 28, 2013 – 10:06 am | by Larry Ferlazzo

IB has added “memory” as a new “Way of Knowing.”

Review these resources and identify ways that imagination can help or hinder our search for knowledge:

Video: The Mystery of Memory

Mr. Ferlazzo’s links on memory

Memory as a Way of Knowing

Eight TED Talks About Memory

Imagination As A Way Of Knowing


Written on October 28, 2013 – 9:57 am | by Larry Ferlazzo

IB has added “imagination” as a new “Way of Knowing.”

Review these resources and identify ways that imagination can help or hinder our search for knowledge:

Imagination Can Change What We Hear and See

Brennan’s Hierarchy of Imagination

Imagination As A Way of Knowing

Ways of Knowing Final Project


Written on October 24, 2013 – 11:25 am | by Larry Ferlazzo

Ways of Knowing Final Project

Review what we have learned about all the Ways of Knowing:

Perception

Language

Reason

Emotion

Imagination

Memory

Faith

Intuition

In groups of 3-5 people each, prepare a ten-to- twelve presentation (no longer than twelve minutes), including a PowerPoint, on the most important ways five Ways Of Knowing can help and hinder our gaining of knowledge. You should include as many examples as possible. Your presentation should include Perception, Language, Reason, Emotion and your choice of one from the remaining four.

You will also have to begin your presentation by defining knowledge and end it by explaining which WOK you think is the most important one.

You will five days to prepare and practice your presentation.

You will have one week to prepare your presentation. Everyone should have a speaking role using index cards. Your PowerPoints will be posted on the blog for viewing by other TOK classes.

Please upload your presentation to Authorstream and post the link to it in the comments section of this post.

Student Towers


Written on October 8, 2013 – 9:00 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Students had to build towers with two sheets of paper, a 10 inch piece of tape, ten paper clips, and a scissors — without talking, and complete it in twenty minutes. We were studying what ideas could — and couldn’t — be communicated with gestures. The group in the first picture won the contest by building the tallest one.

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Support Resources For The May, 2014 Essay Titles


Written on October 5, 2013 – 12:21 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Here are three useful resources for the May, 2014 Essay Titles:

Theory of Knowledge Dot Net has some good guidance on each question.

IB TOK Spot also has some good resources.

TOK Tutors continue to regularly send out new resources for each question:


ToK Prescribed Essay Titles (May 2014)


Written on September 6, 2013 – 9:50 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

1. Ethical judgments limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and the natural sciences. Discuss.

2. “When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails” (Abraham Maslow). How might this apply to ways of knowing, as tools, in the pursuit of knowledge?

3. “Knowledge is nothing more the systematic organization of facts.” Discuss this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.

4. “That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow.” Consider some of the knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge.

5. “The historian’s task is to understand the past; the human scientist, by contrast, is looking to change the future.” To what extent is this true in these two areas of knowledge.

6. “A skeptic is one who is willing to question any knowledge claim, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic and adequacy of evidence” (adapted from Paul Kurtz, 1994). Evaluate this approach in two areas of knowledge.

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule 2013-14


Written on August 25, 2013 – 2:05 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule 2013-14

Mr. Ferlazzo’s Email Address: [email protected]

Homework:

You must have a binder that is kept up to date and divided into the different Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge.  You should keep separate “Warm-Up” sheets for each of them, too.   I will periodically check binders.

Read assigned chapters.  For each one, write what you think are the three most important points and why you think they are important (two sentences for each one is sufficient), two short key quotes and at least a sentence explaining why you chose each one, and two questions you have.  In addition, you must choose one “linking question” at the end of each chapter and write an “ABC” paragraph responding to it.  “A” means answer the question; “B” means back it up with at least one piece of evidence from the chapter; “C” means make a comment/connection — share an informed opinion based on what you learned from the chapter and connect it to something else you know from something you read or experienced.  Homework will be shared in class.  Most of this will be done in January, and then the focus during the second semester will be the group presentation and essay.

Occasional assignments on TOK Class Blog (http://theoryofknowledge.edublogs.org/)

Group TOK Presentation – It will be videotaped. Substantial time in class will be provided to prepare, but outside time will also be needed.  Your grade on this group presentation will be one of the two components of your official grade from IB.  You will make two group presentations on two different topics .  The one with the higher grade will count.

TOK Essay – At least one essay where substantial time in class will be provided (assuming we can get access to computer lab), but outside time will also be needed.

If you are an IB Diploma candidate or are seeking an IB TOK Certificate, you will also have to write a TOK essay in the fall of 2014 during your senior year that will be submitted to IB and will comprise the second component of your official IB grade (the Group Presentation will be the other portion).

This schedule is subject to change in consultation with the class.

SEPTEMBER:

  • Introduction to TOK
  • The Problem and Nature Of Knowledge, p. 3-40 — two chapters (homework due 9/16)
  • CAS Plan developed
  • Knowledge Issues
  • Allegory of the Cave
  • Perception p. 88 -105 (homework due 9/23) – also, do the assignment on the blog titled “Why Do People Believe What They See?” by the same date.

 

OCTOBER

  • Language p. 47-79 (homework due October 7th)
  • Reason and Logic  p. 111-141 (homework due Oct. 14th)
  • Emotions p. 145-169 (homework due Oct. 21th)
  • Imagination, Faith, Intuition & Memory (no homework)

 

NOVEMBER:

  • Math p. 187-213 (homework due November 4th)
  • The Arts p.328- 356 (homework due Nov. 11th)
  • CAS Review
  • History p. 300-322 (homework due Nov. 18th)

 

DECEMBER:

  • Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due Dec. 9th)
  • Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due December 16th)

 

JANUARY:

  • Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due January 6th)
  • Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due January 13th)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)
  • TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by January 24th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for four weeks. Your written plan will be due on February 10th.

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FEBRUARY

  • You will make your presentation in late-February.  Presentations will be video-recorded
  • CAS Review
  • The class will decide if it wants to move immediately into preparation for the second Presentation or if it wants to spend the first two weeks of March “teaching lessons.”

For teaching lessons, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge.  Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to a small group.  You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged.  You will have one class period to chose and  prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present.

 

MARCH/APRIL:

  • First two weeks of student-created lessons or immediately begin preparing second presentations.
  • Begin work on TOK Essay in late April

 

MAY:

  • Work on Essay
  • Essay due on June 9th

 

Perception Tests


Written on May 27, 2013 – 8:38 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

Take these tests. Write in the comments what, if anything, you learned, and if you agree with the results:

Go to Project Implicit. Go to the Demonstration tests. Sign-up, and take the Race Test. It’s the last one on the list. Do you agree with its conclusions? Why or Why not? What do the results say about how perception affects what we believe? Leave your answers in the comments section of this post.

Follow the instructions in this video and work with a partner.

Lab In The Wild

Test My Brain

Games With Words

Two More Assignments For Final Project


Written on May 19, 2013 – 6:10 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

As we’ve discussed, you must choose two out of three options for your final project. They must be completed by Wednesday, June 12th. You will have all the time in class beginning from June 3rd and ending on June 12th (you will have the first hour on June 12th) to complete them.

One option is the Explain It Like I’m Five project. You may do that alone or in pairs.

Another option is “The Ways Of Knowing & Areas Of Knowledge As A List.” For that project, write what you think are the six most important words for each of the WOK’s and AOK’s. In addition to listing the words, you need to define them and explain why you believe each one deserves to be one of the six most important words to understand the topic. You also have to illustrate the one word you think is most important and explain why you think it’s the most important. You may do this project alone or in pairs. Here’s an example of a similar project.

The third option is a modified version of the “What If?” history project we did earlier in the year. For this project, however, you must respond to this question (taken from Science Magazine):

You can travel back in time to share one piece of scientific knowledge from today. Where do you go? Describe the date and place you choose, the information you share, and how it might change the course of history. (Assume that the people you visit will understand and believe you!)

Make a slideshow similar to one you made in the earlier project, and lay-out the different ways history might be changed. Use the same format. You may do this project alone or in pairs.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”


Written on May 4, 2013 – 8:20 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” is often attributed incorrectly to Albert Einstein, though he did say something similar.

In addition to your ten words final project, you are going to apply this quotation in class.

You will choose one concept from each of the Ways of Knowing and explain it to five year-old. Reddit has a series of videos called “Explain It Like I’m Five,” which provide good examples. You may perform in class, create a video, make animations using one of these easy tools; create comic strips using these tools; make a PowerPoint to go along with a presentation; use this Google Docs story tool, or do something else (that has to be approved by Mr. Ferlazzo).

Any performance, video or presentation should last no longer than four minutes.

You may work alone or in pairs.

San Francisco Field Trip Assignment


Written on February 27, 2013 – 3:00 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

A group of space aliens have arrived during our San Francisco field trip. They do not understand English and, in fact, do not appear to have anything like a language.

Your job is to prepare a slideshow showing how you are explaining to them each of the four Ways Of Knowing (emotion, reason, language, perception) and each of the Areas of Knowledge (math, arts, history, ethics, physical science, human sciences). You can not use any written or spoken language. You must take images, and explain briefly in text each image and how it is showing them what each WOK and each AOK is.

For example, you could show history by taking a photo of a brand new building, then one of a medium-aged building, and then one of a very old one.

Try to incorporate San Francisco landmarks.

Oral Presentation Schedule


Written on January 13, 2013 – 7:35 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

The Oral Presentation Schedule will be similar in 2014. We’ll start on March 10th, with the guinea pig group presenting during the week of March 31st and everyone else will present April 4th and the following week. All presentations must be completed before Spring Break. Students will then have two weeks to prepare a second presentation after Spring Break, and those will be given during the week of May 5th. Preparations for the final essay will begin on May 12th and it will be due on June 6th

Here is our Oral Presentation Planning Schedule:

Week of February 4th:


Introduction to Oral Presentation

Read Oral Presentation Guide and discuss.

Read this guide and discuss.

Read these this guide and this guide and discuss.

Read this guide and discuss:

Giving a Good TOK Presentation by Michael Smith

Review Revised Oral Presentation Outline

Review Oral Presentation Outline Model.

Review this Oral Presentation PowerPoint (found online by a student)

Watch an oral presentation and one from last year’s class:

Watch Presentation On Preparing For The TOK Oral Presentation.

Decide on partners and general topic.

Week of February 11th:

Identify Knowledge Issues (Problems of Knowledge) and begin developing draft outline

Review What Is A Knowledge Issue?

Review Excellent Examples Of Knowledge Issues For Oral Presentation

Review Excellent Models Of Student TOK Oral Presentation Outlines

Review Nobody Wants To Hear Your Academic Gobbledygook

Learn about telling stories at the second half of The Best Digital (& Non-Digital) Storytelling Resources.

Week Of February 18th:

Complete draft outline & begin learning about, and preparing, PowerPoint

Only after draft outline is submitted, begin reviewing Student Models Of PowerPoints For Oral Presentations

Review The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations

Review Final Hints For Oral Presentation & PowerPoint and Oral Presentations Update.

Draft outlines returned with comments.

Decision made on “guinea pig” groups to present the following week.

Week of February 26th

Guinea pig groups present and are publicly critiqued. Rest of class has remainder of week to finalize their presentations. Names picked out of hat to determine presentation schedule.

Week of March 4th

Presentations

Week of March 11th

Finish presentations and prepare for second ones.

Weeks of March 18th & 25th

Second Presentations