Final Projects

You will have four class periods to complete these final projects. On Monday, June 6th, we will not have access to computers.  On that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we will have the MacBook carts.

All can be done alone or with one other person.

They will all be due the day of our Finals, except for the Instagram videos, which must be either texted or emailed to Mr. Ferlazzo prior to the Monday of finals week.

Instagram Videos

You must create three short videos (or one longer one) communicating the meaning of three important TOK concepts.

You can see examples here.

I think Instagram is the easiest tool to use, especially since they have now extended the length of videos to one-minute. However, you are welcome to use other tools.

You must do two of these next three projects – alone or in pairs:

Explain It To A Five Year Old

“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. You are going to apply this quotation in class. You will choose one concept from five different 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. Your presentation must not last more than four minutes or be less than three minutes.  You will be videotaped.

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).

What If History Project

One 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.

TOK As A List

Another option is “The Ways Of Knowing & Areas Of Knowledge As A List.” For that project, create a poster or slideshow sharing what you think are the six most important words for at least five of the WOK’s and five of the 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 in each WOK and AOK 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.