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January 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: The Most Unusual Representation Of Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave You’ve Ever Seen

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a staple of IB Theory of Knowledge classes, and you can see many videos on our class blog — some made by professionals, some made by my students.

Here’s a version of it explained as an old-style video game. You can see other philosophical explanations done in the same way at 8-Bit Philosophy.

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December 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2014 – Part Two

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As regular readers know, I teach an International Baccalaureate “Theory of Knowledge” class (in fact, this year I teach two of them!). Our school structures our IB program a bit differently from many others by having a whole lot of students take individual IB classes; we have relatively few who are taking all IB classes in order to get the IB diploma. I really like this set-up, and it opens up my TOK class to a lot more students.

As I’ve said before, I can’t think of a high school class that would be more fun to teach or more fun to take…

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Here are my choices for The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2014 – Part Two:

As regular readers know, I’ve been accumulating teaching/learning resources for the International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class ever since I began to teach it a few years ago. The collection is now up to nearly 1,700 links that are categorized by Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge, and you can access them all here.

“Ways Of Knowing” Final Projects By My IB Theory of Knowledge Students

A New York Times column had an interesting “take” on the value of saving endangered languages. “In Why Save a Language?” John McWhorter questions the typical reasons used to support endangered languages and offers different ones.

Here’s the prompt I plan on using with this piece. It’s perfect for IB Theory of Knowledge classes:

What reasons does Mr. McWhorter say he formerly used to try and convince people about the value of saving an endangered language and what does he say now? To what extent do you agree with what his position? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or anything you have read, including this column.

Six Good Videos On Fallacies

Here’s The Form I Have Students Complete When They’re Listening To Their Classmate’s Presentations

Ask For Evidence is a very interesting new site based in the United Kingdom. Here is how it describes itself:

Ask for Evidence is a public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies.

We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, treat disease or improve agriculture. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not.

How can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products, then we should Ask for Evidence.

People come here to share their experiences of asking for evidence and to use the hub of resources and expertise to making sense of the evidence they receive.

It has potential to be an authentic audience for student projects, particularly for IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

Here’s a video that could be very useful in social studies classes and in IB Theory of Knowledge classes (it has a British focus, but can easily be used in the U.S., too):

“Pearls Before Swine” Shares Its Own Version Of “Who’s On First?”

The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado
discusses student protests of proposed changes in a history curriculum.

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Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today

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“If you’re observant about things happening around you, there are insights waiting to be discovered”

“The History Project” Is A Great Resource For Teachers Everywhere

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Eileen Dombrowski is the co-author of the newest IB Theory Of Knowledge textbook, and has previously written guest posts on this blog. She’s now writing her own blog, which is a “must-follow” for any TOK teacher. Here’s her description:

Eileen Dombrowski, lead author of the IB Theory of Knowledge Course Companion (OUP, 2013), has recently launched a TOK blogsite that complements the course overview of the TOK book with regular fresh comments on ideas and events in the news. In the traditional spirit of TOK educational sharing, the blog and associated resources are free. It’s also easy to sign up to follow the blog by email to receive fresh posts as they are added. Check it out: Activating TOK: thinking clearly in the world

Studies abound on the lack of confidence in eyewitness testimony, and teaching about it is a staple in International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge classes when we cover “perception.” The Pacific Standard published a useful related article titled See Eyewitness Testimony Fail—Right Before Your Eyes that contained this great video the I used in my TOK class:

Here’s a useful infographic for IB Theory of Knowledge classes when they’re studying perception:

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Designed by: http://alternativesfinder.com/ Author: Kate Stephens

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December 14, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part Three

There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.”

You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by searching “infographics” on this blog.

I’ll still be publishing separate posts to individually highlight especially useful infographics and interactives, but you’ll find others in this regular feature.

Here goes:

How Your City Influences Your Spending shows the major ways people living in different cities spend their money. It’s from The New York Times.

Here’s a collection of Infographics and Lesson Sheets from Kids Discover.

What really happened in the Christmas truce of 1914? is an interactive from The BBC. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I.

Biodiversity: Life ­– a status report is an interactive from Nature. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day).

Here’s how democracy, autocracy and colonialism fared over the last century is an intriguing Washington Post infographic.

Frankenplace is a map-based search engine for Wikipedia. You can read more about it at Google Maps Mania.

I’m adding this next infographic to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

Here’s a useful infographic for IB Theory of Knowledge classes when they’re studying perception:

Ways Companies Use To Increase Sales

Designed by: http://alternativesfinder.com/ Author: Kate Stephens

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December 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Ways Of Knowing” Final Projects By My IB Theory of Knowledge Students

Last year, I shared what my students did for a final “Ways Of Knowing Project” in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course.

This year’s students did something similar. You can see many PowerPoints, along with several videotaped short presentations, at our class blog.

Here’s a sample PowerPoint:

TOK presentation

More presentations from Raquel Palma
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December 7, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Jon Stewart On China’s Decision To Crackdown On Puns

Jon Stewart at the Daily Show did a very funny segment this week on the Chinese government’s crackdown on the use of puns in the media.

Except for a bleeped out expletive near the very beginning of the segment, the rest of it would be appropriate for classroom use. It would be ideal for an International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge class when language is being studied.

Here it is:

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December 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two New Good Writing Prompts For My Students

I’ve collected various writing prompts (and links to the texts that go with them) at The Best Posts On Writing Instruction. Here are a couple of more I’m adding that are based on recent New York Times columns.

One is a piece by Roger Cohen headlined Mere Human Behavior. In it, he talks about examples of courage needed to speak up and act in the face of injustice instead of just “avert[ing} one’s gaze.”

Here’s the prompt I plan to use with Cohen’s column:

In his column, what is Mr. Cohen saying about how people should respond when they see an injustice? To what extent do you agree with what his position? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or anything you have read, including this column.

This next column is an interesting “take” on the value of saving endangered languages. “In Why Save a Language?” John McWhorter questions the typical reasons used to support endangered languages and offers different ones.

Here’s the prompt I plan on using with this piece. It’s perfect for IB Theory of Knowledge classes:

What reasons does Mr. McWhorter say he formerly used to try and convince people about the value of saving an endangered language and what does he say now? To what extent do you agree with what his position? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or anything you have read, including this column.

I’m also adding this prompt The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day.

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