Semester Final Creative Reflection: The TOK Listicle


It’s been lovely learning with you this past semester – your first of 3.5 semesters of Theory of Knowledge.

This is what we’ll be doing the last class period, and your goal is to have it posted to your blog by the end of the period.

You can access the entire G doc here:–pSjJnJ0ajLCmwbM/edit?usp=sharing

Don’t forget: You need to POST to your own blog AND to our G+ community tagged #semfinal


Make a creative Listicle reflecting your experience with the First Semester of TOK. You must seek to answer these 10 queries, but you can do more if you like. It’s implied that all of these include the “and why” factor: that is, you must indicate your reasoning behind selecting them for the list. Finally, you must try to publish to your blog by the end of the 90 min class. ***you can work alone or with 1 other person

1. Your favourite activity

2. Your favourite project or assignment (completed by you)

3. Your favourite PEER project (produced by a peer)

4. The best external (not student-produced) VIDEO (TED talk, etc.) we watched.

5. Most INTERESTING concept/ idea / topic/ fact you learned about.

6. The most USEFUL concept / idea/ topic / fact you learned about.

7. The best tweet (either you or a peer authored)

8. An idea for the future (what you’d like to study, as it relates to TOK, or some activity or project that would be interesting, or a great question you’d like to focus on

9. A “TOK moment” you’ve had (in another class or in your real life – a time when you’ve realized how relevant what we discuss in TOK is, or you find something that would be applicable to our TOK class)

10. A photo/ image / OR word that sums up TOK succinctly

Methods of Madness

If you have another idea, let me know. However, you should steer clear of Powerpoint, Prezi, or Google Slideshow for this, and whatever you do should be do-able in the 90 min block.

___VINE video smashup ( or Instagram)

___VISUAL THINKING / SKETCHNOTES  (digital or manual)

___ COLLAGE annotated with THINGLINK ( try Picmonkey Collage if on laptop)

____ INFOGRAPHIC (digital or manual)
***you can choose to do voiceovers for any of these as well, if you film them.


You need to be very specific about the resources you choose for the list, so here are some helpful links

Our TOK class BLOG (see all posts)

Our TOK class G+ (scroll through the categories)

Our YouTube Channel Playlists

Our David Weinberger “Too Big To Know” collaborative document

Your OWN blog and all assignments

Your PEERS’ blogs

Our Storify (Archived Tweets and #tokkailuaQs)






video: how to use hand-drawn notes and film them

video (for ipad):

VideoScribe (free trial)

Video: visualizing complex ideas:

Annotated Collage with Thinglink


Thinglink (sign up for free acct):

OR try Glogster for a multimedia poster:

see this annotated infographic:

@Braddo’s sketchnote + Thinglink


My Diigo list of resources

20+ Tools

Best Tools List for Infographic Creation

For HAND-DRAWN, search “Infodoodles”




Harnessing the World’s Knowledge?

We’ve already taken a look at Wolfram Alpha, but there are other entities trying to democratize knowledge, or at least make a great deal of knowledge/ information available to a great deal of people.

 What are your own personal thoughts about where knowledge is headed?

“EVI” (formerly “TRUE KNOWLEDGE”) – the A.I. Answering Platform

You can add a fact to its data base here:

“Our goal is to power a new kind of search experience where users can access the world’s knowledge simply by asking for the information they need in a way that is completely natural to them; just as if they were talking to another human being”

What powers “Evi”? The company claims to offer a unified representation of the world’s knowledge containing factual, common sense, and lexical knowledge …and then build on that base as it gets contributions from users.

1. Who is behind it? (read about the developer who created the famous anagrams featured in the Da Vinci Code book)

2. How does it work?

3. How is Evi different (better?) than Siri?

***What makes True Knowledge different from Google, Wikipedia, and even Wolfram Alpha?

QUORA- “A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it”..

…”When knowledge is put into Quora, it is there forever to be shared with anyone in the future who is interested”…

…”People who read the question pages rate the different answers so that the best ones can rise to the top of the page and make it better”…

…”Inverse blogging (follow topics and questions)”…

…”author’s perspective” is taken into account, as revision logs are transparent and people use their own names/photos.

1. WHO is behind it (hint- Facebook connections!)? (fun fact: employees get free team yoga)

Below is a sample, from none other than the founder of Wikipedia:


2. MOST VIEWED QUESTIONS – have some fun and explore these (I loved the “Coolest looking animal” query and the “Most epic iconic photo” since I am into photography, as well as “Worst design ever” )

3. Check out ANSWERS WITH 40+ UPVOTES – why do you think that is?

4. And of course you can always check out what some famous person, like Ashton Kutcher, has to say in Quora.


Tweet @Quora

RECAPTCHA – Professor Luis von Ahn (brilliant!) explains how CAPTCHA became RECAPTCHA, and how he can harness the world’s brainpower for archiving all the world’s literature.

WE ARE ALL WORKING FOR HIM, and most of us don’t realize it!


TWEET @LuisvonAhn , @reCAPTCHA , @duolingo

Below: More about Luis and how he came up with the ReCaptcha idea (endearing!) – His learning and thinking style is definitely unique. Luis is also Chair of the “COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE” conference 2012. Read more about the topics and speakers HERE.

THE FILTER BUBBLE Eli Pariser explains how the web companies we use tailor their services (including web searches) to our personal tastes. Great, right? Well, actually this “filtering” prevents us from being exposed to ideas that challenge or broaden our world view. (I had the opportunity to see Mr. Pariser speak in person and talk with him afterwards in Boston two summers ago)

1. Let’s play around with Google in class to see if the filter bubble is really happening on our machines. You can also Skype a friend in a different state or country to see if your same search offers decidedly different results. When you go on your next trip, take a screen shot of a search, then try the same one when you return home. ***Also check on Twitter by clicking #discover in the menu – the results are blatantly “tailored for you”.

WIKIPEDIA – Giving free access to the sum of all “Knowledge” – the democratization of Knowledge

1. How did it start and how does it work? Founder Jimmy Wales explains all..


TWEET @jimmy_wales

PEOPLE ARE KNOWLEDGE – Video exploring how ORAL CITATION should be allowed on Wikipedia.

People are Knowledge (subtitled) from Achal R. Prabhala on Vimeo.

2. Did you know there are various levels of editing “Protection” in Wikipedia? Here’s an image and the link describing them


3. Here’s HOW TO EDIT Wikipedia and how to START AN ARTICLE

4. WIKIPEDIA as important as the Pyramids? Wikipedia joins World Heritage List


Brewster Kahle Seeks to Build a Free Digital Library (books, movies, all web history,etc.) – “UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO ALL KNOWLEDGE IS POSSIBLE”

What about REDDIT? (Where good answers “bubble up?”)

Wonders of Wolfram: Building a Knowledge Engine

TOK Questions:

– Can a machine know? Can it be taught to feel?

– What counts as knowledge?

– What is the difference between “data”, “information”, and “knowledge”?

What are the effects of the digital age on knowledge (creation and sharing)?

Scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey (written by Arthur C. Clarke). In this scene Dave the astronaut tries to deactivate the murderous and human-like computer HAL 9000.

***This video shows the first IBM computer to sing sang the same song as in the film.

The Turing Test

Scene from Bladerunner (Turing Test):

ARTICLE: The Trouble with the Turing Test

What is IBM’s Watson and how did it get here?

“We are trying to produce a deep questioning and answering machine which will change the way people interact with computers and machines”

(visit the Watson YouTube channel if you are interested)

What IS Wolfram Alpha? And what does it have to do with Apple’s “Siri“?

READ: “Latest Perspectives on the Computational Age”

*Choose a passage to include on your blog and write about


The “goal” on the website is to democratize knowledge, or “make all the world’s knowledge systematically computable and accessible”.

Let’s check out Stephan Wolfram’s TED talk about Wolfram Alpha.

BREAKING***New info on “Wolfram Language” just out Nov. 13, 2013

Introducing CDF- Interactive Online Documents (“today’s online documents are like yesterday’s paper – flat, lifeless, inactive”) Here’s a VIDEO about authoring CDF apps.

…and here’s an example of using CDF to show the Orton Effect in Photography


How is Wolfram Alpha like a Matryoshka Doll? It’s in the nesting!

Can a program be creative? musical? Let’s find out:


First watch the INTRO

Access Wolfram Alpha HERE

Examples by Topic

10 Cool things to do with Wolfram/Siri

18 things you can do with Wolfram Alpha

Course Assistant Apps

Facebook Analytics (find out how to do it here) – after doing your own analytics, post some screen shots to your blog (optional) and reflect on the insight you gained from these analytics.


Check out the interesting lesson plans on the educators portal – what do you think?

1. _____Explore your EE topic using Wolfram Alpha- provide an example, post to blog

2. _____Do a frivolous comparison or other kind of search – post to blog.

3. _____Ask at least 2 “knowledge issue” questions related to this tool and the goals of the company (post to blog)

4. Be sure to follow Stephan and Conrad on Twitter- if you feel daring, ask them a relevant question (I heard from a friend of theirs Conrad will more likely answer). Let us know!


On Twitter:






Check out their blog: “Community Newsletter” for what is new

Here’s Conrad’s TEDx talk in Brussels “I Calculate, Therefore I Am” (he actually poses a lot of “Knoweldge Issue” questions in this, including “Is it Cheating to use W. A. in Math homework?”)

READ: Is Siri Really Apple’s Future

BLOG: What do  you think about this article? (post thoughts to blog). ***If you can find an amusing tweet, video or cartoon about Siri please include.