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July 19, 2018
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Study: “Repeated exposure to false statements can lead people to believe those falsehoods”

 

What Do We Know About False News is a new and pretty ambitious article in the Harvard Business Review.

I’ll certainly be using parts of it in my IB Theory of Knowledge class, particularly the section I highlight in the box at the top of this post.

I’ll add this info to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.

July 10, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2018 – So Far

 

I’ve created a public Twitter list of IB Theory of Knowledge teachers. Send a tweet to me letting me know you’re an IB teacher, or leave a comment on this post, and I’ll add you to the list!

It’s time for another “Best” list to add to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!.

I’ll also be adding this post to All Of My Theory Of Knowledge “Best” Lists In One Place!

Here are my previous TOK-related “Best” lists:

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources — 2010

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011 — So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – So Far

The Best Commentaries On The New IB Theory Of Knowledge Teaching Guide

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Movies For IB Theory Of Knowledge Classes – What Are Your Suggestions?

The Best Posts On IB Theory Of Knowledge Oral Presentations

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2014 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Posts On Teaching TOK “Knowledge Questions”

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2015 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2016 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2017 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2017 – Part Two

Here are my picks from the past six months:

This new video and lesson from TED-Ed is perfect for when we study emotion in IB Theory of Knowledge class:

Here Are The Two End-Of-Year Projects Students Do In My TOK Classes

Revised Extensive Outline, Including Student Exemplars, For TOK Essay Unit

Make Your Own “American Chopper” Meme

Milgram Experiment Replicated With Same Results

The New Scientist publishes a series of short animated videos simply explaining philosophical and scientific ideas.

It’s called The Explanimator Channel and I think they’re ideal for IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

Here are a couple of samples:

 

Best Article Ever To Have Students Read About Cellphones!

How Could I Not Have Known That Milgram Did The Original Six Degrees Of Separation Research? It’s Perfect For TOK!

List Of Knowledge Questions My TOK Students Are Using This Year For Their Oral Presentations

Take Two: Revised My TOK Oral Presentation Materials AGAIN

Learning About Scientific Discovery In Theory Of Knowledge Class

Two Good Videos To Illustrate “Cognitive Ease”

The Best Videos Explaining Confirmation Bias

I’ve added this video to our Theory of Knowledge class blog in the same place I have many resources on the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiment (it also includes a simple student assignment):

Six Good Videos Showing The Difference Between Correlation & Causation

Diversity Of Our School’s IB Program Highlighted In Sacramento Bee

Telling Stories In Class Like Abraham Lincoln

Guest Post: Template For Making Teacher Comments On TOK Essays

Problems Of The Scientific Method

Should I Tell on My Cheating Classmates? is from The NY Times Ethicist. It would go great with my Theory of Knowledge project, Here’s My Absolutism/Relativism Project For TOK – Help Me Make It Better.

Very Useful PBS NewsHour Segment On If Viewers Should Separate Art From Artist In Light Of #MeToo

Immigration Reform, Ethics & TOK

Is Music A Universal Language? Take This Cool Quiz To Find Out!

Extremely Useful Animated Video Series On Ethical Dilemmas

This Year’s “What If?” History Project Student Examples

You’ll Want To See & Read This NY Times Feature: “How the World Expresses Itself in GIFs”

Guest Post: Student Human Science Project

This new TED Talk will definitely come in handy when we study Emotion in IB Theory of Knowledge (you can see the transcript here):

May 10, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are The Two End-Of-Year Projects Students Do In My TOK Classes

 

Here are the two final projects by IB Theory of Knowledge classes due at the end of the school year:

 

Instagram Videos

Students must create three short (45-to-one minute each) 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, they are welcome to use other tools.

Students can work alone or with one other classmate.

 

Explain Like I’m Five

Students – on their own or with one other classmate – prepare and teach a four-to-five minute lesson on one or more TOK concepts.

The key, though, is that they have to pretend that they are teaching to five-year-olds.

“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.

That notion has a lot in common with The Feynman Technique.

First, students read, annotate and discuss a chapter from one of my books (Here’s My Chapter On Elements Of A Successful Lesson, Along With Student Hand-Outs THEY Use To Teach).

Then, we watch Explain Like I’m Five videos.

Then students use the planning form that accompanies my chapter on elements of a successful lesson to plan the lesson (that form is actually used by them for longer lessons during the year, but they adapt it for this one).

Then, they teach it to the class.

If we’re pressed for time, they teach it a few times in small groups.  If we have a little more time available, like we might this year, they teach it to the entire class.

 

Let me know if you have any suggestions on how I can make these projects any better!

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More.

April 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Revised Extensive Outline, Including Student Exemplars, For TOK Essay Unit

My IB Theory of Knowledge classes are beginning to present their Oral Presentations this week. I’ve previously shared my dramatically revised schedule and outline for that TOK project at Oral Presentation Schedule. It includes the step-by-step process we use, including multiple student examples.

We’ll begin working on the Theory of Knowledge essay immediately after all the Oral Presentations are completed. These are actually “practice” ones, since IB – in its bureaucratic wisdom – won’t release next year’s prompts until late August. Since our students take TOK as juniors, they work on their senior TOK essays as an “extra” assignment during their senior year.

I’ve just revised our TOK Essay Schedule which, like the Presentation schedule, includes a step-by-step process (as well as multiple student examples).

Let me know if you have an suggestions on how I can make either of these units better!

April 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Make Your Own “American Chopper” Meme

The American Chopper Meme has been all around the Internet (see ‘American Chopper’ Angry Meme Resurfaces and Takes Internet by Storm).

You can easily make your own at American Chopper Argument Meme Generator.

I’m planning on have my IB Theory of Knowledge students use it to illustrate a TOK concept we’ve studied.

Here are a couple of examples I like:

I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Making Internet ” Memes”

March 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Milgram Experiment Replicated With Same Results

 

The Most Controversial Psych Study Is Repeated — Same Weird Result is from Psy Blog, and shares important information that I’ll be including in Theory of Knowledge classes when we learn about the Milgram Experiment.

I’m adding this info to our TOK class blog post that shares lots of info about the original experiment.

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