5X5 Final Exam Vlog

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In 5 minutes, can you share your 5 big takeaways from TOK?

OVERVIEW: In lieu of a traditional final exam you will be creating a short film project / vlog summarizing 5 of your personal highlights from your first 2 semesters of TOK. Think of it as a TOK Trailer, of sorts, or a cinematic portfolio.

You will need to provide specific highlights (the things that truly stand out for you) from the following units:

1. The Nature of Knowledge

2. Sense Perception as a Way of Knowing

3. Language as a Way of Knowing

4. Emotion as a Way of Knowing (we will continue this unit in August)

REQUIREMENTS:

1. LENGTH: The film should be no shorter than 4 minutes and no longer than 7 (shoot for 5). It should be in a format that can be uploaded to your blog (If you have trouble with this, please see me ahead of time).

2. CONTENT:

* You need to specifically refer to things learned in all 4 units

* You should included references to specific videos, TED talks, articles, websites, activities, and projects either you or your peers have done.

* You should try to make connections to the other Areas of Knowledge (the subjects you study in DP) and perhaps refer to times during which you had a “TOK Moment” in another course or in your personal life.

* You should make it as personal as possible, using the first-person.

STYLE OF FILM:

Really, all is open to you. You may do any of a variety of styles, though you must have voiceover, as it is tedious to read the amount of text required to fulfill the task. Some ideas are as follows:

• traditional VLOG (webcam or ?)

• VLOG with images or cards or other visual aids

• Mash-up of images and video clips with voiceover (and titles)

• Stop-motion with voiceover

• “Common Craft” style e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?+feature=player_embedded&v=O2QVs4tGAWU&noredirect=1

 

• “RSA Animate” style e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-son3EJTrU

• Documentary-style with “host”

• Camera insert with live screenshots of desktop like https://www.youtube.com/watch?+feature=player_embedded&v=OSQha8Cxiz0&noredirect=1

 

• News show or PSA

• Music video/rap (keep in mind you still have to meet the requirements in your lyrics)

• “Choose Your Own Adventure” on YouTube using the Spotlight tool to have other vids hyperlinked within the video (see links below) http://www.knewton.com/blog/edtech/2010/12/15/how-to- make-an-interactive-lesson-using-youtube/ http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=OCVUXBvq8dE&feature=youtu.be ***If you have a more creative idea, just let me know- I’d love to hear about it!

ALL FILM PROJECTS FOR ALL TOK PERIODS ARE DUE:

NO LATER THAN 11:00PM ON Friday, MAY 30

“Due” means: uploaded properly to your personal blog. Please check to make sure it works and the YouTube setting is “unlisted” or “Public”. You can always post earlier / prior to the due date. No videos will be assessed after that time.

Summer Task: Smarter Than You Think

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I have been reading this book on my iPad and am in frequent Twitter conversation with the author, Clive Thompson. Remember, he even joined in our G+ convo once when we were reading his Wired Magazine article “Thinking Aloud”?

I am so impressed with this book as a resource for Theory of Knowledge that I’ve asked the powers that be if it would be ok to switch up my usual summer assignments and replace with offering this as assigned exploratory reading.

After notifying Clive Thompson, I was thrilled to hear that he is very enthused about the fact you’ll be reading it and asking questions and is happy to dialogue with us in text and perhaps over Skype or G+ Hangout.

Step 1 : BUY THE BOOK

Clive says the cheapest is Kindle, as the paperback is not out yet.

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HERE IS THE LINK TO AMAZON (as aforementioned, I bought mine on iTunes for my iPad, which is great because I like the digital highlighting/ annotation tools)

 Step 2: CHECK OUT THE ACCOMPANYING WEB SITE

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Clive has a lovely website just for this book, on which he posts related material such as this video

Website: http://smarterthanyouthink.net/

Video:

 

Step 3: READ AND ANNOTATE THE BOOK

As you read, you should make your own annotations and highlights, alluding to your own personal thoughts and questions. You may even choose to do marginalia if you have a physical copy. What’s marginalia? It’s basically a hypertextual, meta activity the medieval monks did, but…my friend @Braddo (the guy who teaches TOK in Vancouver) has brought it into the new millenium with his hybrid of analog/ digital (yes, you can take photos and blog or tweet).

See Brad Ovenell-Carter’s modern marginalia of Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work HERE

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Just a note: Brad’s TOK class might actually be joining us on this project

Another teacher, Sean Ziebarth, @MrZiebarth, got his students to annotate over Brad’s marginalia

SEE MORE HERE

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Step 4: Collaborate and Share

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The next step is to periodically share out your thoughts via your blog, Twitter, AND THE OFFICIAL G+ COMMUNITY:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN AND ACCESS THE STYT G+ COMMUNITY

The Twitter and G+ Community tags will be #tokbac #styt (for Smarter Than You Think)…the #tokbac is what we use in collaboration with #tokkrew11 in Vancouver…if you want to tag #tokkailua as well you can.

**I encourage you to CROSS-POST (post in multiple places) as the audiences are different

***Clive Thompson will have access to our G+ community and G doc, as well as Twitter of course.

Step 5: CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION

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As we come back to school in August, we will have some time to reflect about our findings/ questions in the form of presentations and socratic circles. Also, I’ll arrange a time(s) for Clive Thompson to actually Skype or Hangout with us.

***EXPECTATIONS are that you will have read the entire book and will have completed annotations by the 2nd week of your Senior year (so ideally please finish over the summer).

To wet your appetite, HERE IS AN INTERVIEW with Clive

HAPPY READING PARTY!!! HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!

Emotion as a Way of Knowing: Intro

“We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another” – Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

“Emotion” comes from the Latin “movere”“to move”. In this unit we will refer to emotions as feelings, moods, and passions. We’ll also touch on intuition. We will be exploring ways in which emotions are a source of knowledge, as well as how they can obstruct knowledge. Finally, we’ll examine the relationship between emotion and reason, and how they both affect our decision-making.

UNIT QUESTIONS

–       In what ways are emotions activated by internal and external factors?

–       What are the dangers of emotion?

–       What are the strengths/ benefits of emotion?

–       What is the relationship between emotion and intellect?

–       How do we recognize and categorize emotions?

–       How does body language and facial expression exhibit emotion?

–       What is the importance of emotion in human affairs?

–       What is the relationship between emotion and reason?

–       How are beliefs and emotions tied together?

–       How do chemicals, altering substances, and technology affect emotions?

–       To what extent can a machine have emotion?

–       What role does emotion play in decision-making?

–       Are emotions/feelings essential?

–       What is the role of intuition in…creativity? science? maths? historical research?

How are you feeling right now? Maybe this will help?

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http://smyface.com/

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Now let’s check out how people around the world (at least the bloggers and microbloggers) are feeling.

http://visual.ly/we-feel-fine?view=true (cannot be viewed in Chrome)

We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. This is an approach that was inspired by techniques used in Listening Post, a wonderful project by Ben Rubin andMark Hansen.

Once a sentence containing “I feel” or “I am feeling” is found, the system looks backward to the beginning of the sentence, and forward to the end of the sentence, and then saves the full sentence in a database.

Once saved, the sentence is scanned to see if it includes one of about 5,000 pre-identified “feelings”. This list of valid feelings was constructed by hand, but basically consists of adjectives and some adverbs. The full list of valid feelings, along with the total count of each feeling, and the color assigned to each feeling, ishere.

For more on DIGITAL ANTHROPOLOGY: Take a PEEK inside the WE FEEL FINE BOOK (amazing infographics!)

TRACKING EMOTIONS USING DATA MINING + DATA VIZ

ANALYSE YOUR TWEETS FOR EMOTIONAL STYLE

TWITTEROLOGY: A New Science? 

TWITTER STUDY TRACKS WHEN WE ARE

WHY WOULD COMPANIES WANT EMOTION-READING SOFTWARE? 

FACE-RECOGNITION SOFTWARE + THEGUARDIAN’s PHOTOS= “Today’s Emotional Breakdown” Infographic 

EMOTICON ANALYSIS (in Twitter)

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The EMOTIONALLY VAGUE PROJECT: (ANGER/ JOY/ FEAR/ SADNESS/ LOVE)

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We will replicate this project in class using paper people, a Google doc, and a tag cloud creator. You will need to place marks on the paper person in response to these questions: Where do you feel this emotion in your body and if it has a direction, draw arrows.

ANGER  JOY   FEAR    LOVE    SADNESS

On this Google doc, please fill out the thing (word or phrase with no spaces) that makes you feel those emotions and the color you associate with the emotions. We will be creating a tag cloud after all 3 classes participate, so it’s fine to repeat a word or phrase.

FILL THIS OUT PLEASE

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2o Feelings and Situations Everybody Hates: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/20-feelings-and-situations-that-everybody-hates/

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What if you were functionally unaware of your emotions? http://www.damninteresting.com/the-emotional-bankruptcy-of-alexithymia/

Is Your Face Giving You Away?

The JAMES-LANGE THEORY (named after the 2 psychologists who came up with it), suggests that emotions are essentially PHYSICAL in nature, closely tied to our bodies, and that bodily changes come before and even cause emotional changes.

– If you remove the physical symptoms of an emotion does the emotion disappear?

– If you mimic the corresponding physical symptoms can you generate an emotion?

– If you talk with someone experiencing a particular emotion, do you yourself unconsciously mimic the physical expressions of his mood, leading to EMPATHY? (we call this “picking up on moods”)

– Can moods then be “infectious”?

However – this theory doesn’t address the role of our minds. Our beliefs can affect our emotions, and our emotions can affect our beliefs!

HOW A MOOD MUSIC MACHINE CAN READ AND HELP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS:

Emotion Categorization Links

Contrasting and Categorization of Emotions

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Wikipedia: Emotion (includes theories)

Vocabulary of Emotions (Extensive List)

List of “Feeling” Words (by category)

Emotion and Memory (Wikipedia)

Plutchik Wheel of Emotions

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(click to enlarge)

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How do emotions affect our decision making (LINK to reasoning)?

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