Much of TOK is experienced outside of the confines of the classroom, and we have a number of tools to accomplish this, as we want to keep in a “TOK Mindset” at all times.
Your class section will be broken into smaller groups called “TOK Tribes”, and your partners will serve as “Blog Buddies”, commenting on eachothers’ posts and working collaboratively both in the cloud and face-to-face.
As soon as you find out who your tribe members are you should follow them on Twitter if you don’t already AND follow, or subscribe to, their Posterous blog space so that each time they update it will appear in your Reader.
Here’s a link to everyone’s spaces:
In class we’ll be drawing 1 member out of a hat (that person is in your class section), and you will get to choose 2 other members – one from another class and one from your own.
***If there is too much disparity after we’re done I might need to adjust some groupings.
Here’s a link to the SPREADSHEET you’ll need to fill out (must be logged in to your LJA acct)
By the end of this class period you should have:
1. Figured out your Tribe members and posted on the Spreadsheet
2. Thought of a name to call yourselves (so we can get away from confusing #s) – tell me your name or post on Spreadsheet
3. Started a thread in Diigo (within the DP1 group) regarding the “Wrapping Up the Brain” blog post assignment , where you choose a relevant article or video and annotate collaboratively.
Check out this tutorial on doing that:
WOW! That was an intense film! While it is still fresh in YOUR brain, please WRITE A REFLECTION and use the following to guide you. (you can also refer to our TodaysMeet archive and Tweets)
1. Try to pinpoint some IMPLICATIONS (postive and negative) of the “knowledge” acquired.
2. How did the film address the following?
– where the knowledge come from (experiments? studies? observation?)
– how knowledge is acquired / stored (role of emotion, senses, memory, reasoning, etc.)
– problems (bias? stereotyping? faulty reasoning? assumptions?)
– how claims could affect OTHER disciplines or how they relate to the “linking questions” such as belief, certainty, ethics, technology, etc.)
Here’s a relevant TED talk I found recently: Jon Ronson, “Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test”
3. Finally, what are some ADDITIONAL questions, concerns, personal thoughts and reactions you have to any of the topics addressed? What was the most interesting thing to you and is something you might want to research further? Have you any personal connections to the claims made (example: have you ever felt, while playing sports, you were in “the zone”?)
IN YOUR BLOG BUDDY GROUPS
1. Check out eachothers’ brain curation blog post assignments and make a comment on each.
2. Together, choose one of the choices listed below related to the brain, neuroscience, memory, the singularity, etc. (something relevant to the film) and post it to our TOK DP1 GROUP in DIIGO. Then, practice annotating collaboratively with colored stickies in your blog buddy groups. (If it’s a video, then you need to write in the times relevant to each comment)
***You can investigate the article by looking for:
– knowledge claims made
– who is making them?
– how are they justifying their claims?
– what are some possible issues you might see with their claims?
– what are the possible implications of these findings? (pos and neg)?