These next three tweets will be great when study History in Theory of Knowledge! The first one is an excellent image, the second shares the link to it so you can download and print, and the third is a similar version from another teacher:
Tentatively pinned up… What do the best historians do? Feedback and ideas welcome! All on one PPT if you want an e-copy to pick apart pic.twitter.com/JPvUqzbAHb
This morning, my wife and I took our granddaughter to visit the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
While there, I spotted a neat way to interact with art. Now, I’m not an art museum aficionado, but I’ve been to quite a few over the years, and I had never seen this particular strategy.
Next to a painting was a counter fill with small pieces of paper (a different question was on each paper) and pencils. Viewers could respond to one of the questions (one of the sheets invited viewers to create and answer their own) and place their completed sheet on a board with others.
I thought it would be a neat strategy to use with student art shows at schools (recognizing there might be a few less-than-helpful responses in the bunch). I’m thinking of using it with the art project I do with my IB Theory of Knowledge students and have them create questions about their piece of art (see Play-Doh & IB Theory Of Knowledge: Student Hand-Out & Videos).
Is this a common strategy in museums and I’m just living under a rock?
Here’s what it looked like – the painting, the counter, and the completed sheets:
We Transfer is a super-easy tool for sending large files to someone. My Theory of Knowledge students love it – when they have to create videos for an assignment, they can use the website or smartphone apps to easily send them to me. They find it easier to use than uploading a video to Google Drive.
3 ways to spot a bad statistic is the title of data journalist Mona Chalabi’s new TED Talk (you can see the TED Talk video and transcript here).
I think it would be fine to skip the first few minutes of it, but after the first five minutes she does a great job teaching about how statistics can mislead. Even better, she includes examples related to pee and poop, so you know students are going to be engaged 🙂
It would be great to show IB Theory of Knowledge classes when studying math and/or human sciences.
Here’s the YouTube version of the talk:
Richard Byrne, who I assume everybody who is reading this blog knows and reads, shared this video last month. He wrote about using it when teaching about social media browsing.
I plan on adding it to a series of videos I use in IB Theory of Knowledge classes when learning about perception.
I might be the last person in the world to learn about the “Google Explore” feature that was integrated into Google Docs last fall. You can read all about it here. There’s a little button on the bottom right of a Google Doc. Click on it and, as you write, related search items appear in a column. My Theory of Knowledge students found it useful while working on their Oral Presentation outlines and essays.
When we study Perception in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes, I ask students how they would describe the color red to someone who has never had vision. This new video just was published:
Here’s a new and short video on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
I’m not sure if it’s necessary to use a video to teach the Hierarchy, but it could be a nice change-of-pace. Most Theory of Knowledge include it in the course, particularly when covering Human Sciences.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech on the removal of Confederate Monuments from his city, and it (or, at least, excerpts from it) will be a “must-read” piece in IB Theory of Knowledge and History classes around the country.