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Pre ToK <3

Here is the make up assignment.  Your writing and research can be submitted as an email to Mr. Braman; the synthesis is a product to be published outside his office 2410g.  Make it good.

Our discussion of Love

Without doing any research, write a few sentences or more about each of the following prompts (be sure to use examples):

What is love [of people or groups, not material things]?

Is it one thing?      Or many things?   Explain.

Describe the different types of love?

Is love the same thing to different people?  Why or why not?

Should we think of Love as receiving?                      Or giving?

Is it best known as “love for” or “love of?”

What tools do we use to know about love?

Consider the ToK diagram at right.

Which Ways of Knowing apply as we try to know love?

 

Who should we ask to know more about Love?

A chemist?  A biologist?  An anthropologist?  A psychologist?  An artist?  A painter?  A dancer?  An author?  A musician?  A poet?  What perspectives would each bring to the conversation?  Discuss.

Which would be the most informed in your view?

 

Research at least four different sources that would tell you about love.  Make sure they are a diverse set of experts (different fields, perspectives).  Write a brief paragraph about what makes their view a quality one.

And then…

Synthesize your thoughts about love and create a reflection based on your experience.  It will go up on the wall of the hallway outside Mr. Braman’s office.  Post it when you are done.  Be sure to include:

  1. Your synthesis (answer) of the questions: What is love and how should love be understood?
  2. Evidence from your own personal experience to support your argument
  3. Consideration of an additional perspective to the question raised
  4. Evidence from at least two sources … and your analysis to interpret the sources

 

 

 

 

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ToK IA

The time has come.  You are now ready.  After nearly two weeks of preparation, you are ready to rock.  Here is the presentation schedule:   Presentation Schedule 2018

Don’t forget to finish your managebac submissions and to upload your script to turnitin.com.  Don’t forget the components of a good script –

While the script need not include every word you intend to say, it should include the overall plan and essential elements of what your presentation will include.  With that in mind, be sure to indicate the following in your script:

  1. The essential elements of the content including:  The Hook, The Thesis, The stated Knowledge Questions, the multiple perspectives on the questions, the conclusions of the student presenters, and the research that informs the discussion.
  2. The Works Cited for the works mentioned (overtly or discreetly) in the script
  3. The estimated time for each section of the presentation
  4. The planned speaker/teacher for each segment of the presentation
  5. The questions you will ask in the Q and A section of the presentation along with the anticipated answers and follow-up questions you intend to ask
  6. The materials you will need to bring including: handouts/fliers, exit slips, surveys, and props that may be necessary for your presentation.
  7. Any visual aids like a slide show (these should be briefly described/planned out)

Here’s a portion of a script as a model:

22.00 min: Analysis about trusting technology

  • How should we approach trusting/using technology if we don’t understand it?
  • Why did you trust the Wikipedia articles — have people raise their hands if they trusted it; ask a few people why they did or did not
  • Analysis:
    • The Oracle Effect: “Knowledge of the human authorship of a text is suppressed in order to give the text superhuman validity “ (Lanier 32)
      • E.g: the bible
      • Anonymity and that it’s a technology, gives rise to it
    • Technology has pervaded society to the extent — both in breadth and the type of tasks that we trust technology to perform — that we’re just predisposed to trust it. This has given technology is a mystical quality of infallibility, so enchanted are we with the benefits it has given us. However, ultimately humans are behind the workings of technology; if the human has made an error, then so will the technology.
      • “The problematic nature of trust in technology becomes evident with the dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the subsequent information revolution, with which artefacts cease to be used mainly to perform physical and fatiguing tasks, and begin to be deployed to execute also intellectual works” (Floridi 2008)
      • “As the outsourcing to (informational) artefacts becomes more pervasive, the trust and the dependence of the users on such artefacts also grows” (Taddeo)
      • “relation between two types of on-line trust – general trust, trust in most websites; and familiar trust, trust in websites that one frequently visits – as well as independent variables such as information technology competence, and adverse on-line events” (Taddeo)
    • Concession: However, we can’t renounce technology now that our society is so reliant on it. Moreover, more often than not, technology is extremely beneficial and convenient.
      • We can trust technology to make calculations and automated certain tasks, but we can’t trust it to think for us. The mistake is not when we simply use technology, but when we use it on the assumption that a machine is intelligent in the same way that a human being is.
      • Example:  The victory of Deep Blue, the chess computer, over a human chess champion Kasparov was hailed by technologists as machine intelligence surpassing human intelligence. However, Deep Blue had to be programmed by somebody. Deep Blue didn’t win against Kasparov — a team of computer scientists who came up with algorithms to win at chess and implemented them in code, plus the raw computing power of Deep Blue, won against Kasparov.
      • An important distinction about intelligence: if we call Deep Blue “intelligent”, then we are changing/degrading our definition of intelligence.  Instead of intelligence being an ability to independently think logically and critically, it becomes defined by the ability to compute and perform certain tasks which emulate intelligence. This happens all the time in modern society: “Before the crash, bankers believed in supposedly intelligent algorithms that could calculate credit risks before making bad loans” … “Did that search engine really know what you want, or are you playing along, lowering your standards to make it seem clever?”

 

Tuesday, March 20

Today in class, you should begin creating a draft of the script that you will use for your presentation.  While the script need not include every word you intend to say, it should include the overall plan and essential elements of what your presentation will include.  With that in mind, be sure to indicate the following in your script:

  1. The essential elements of the content including:  The Hook, The Thesis, The stated Knowledge Questions, the multiple perspectives on the questions, the conclusions of the student presenters, and the research that informs the discussion.
  2. The Works Cited for the works mentioned (overtly or discreetly) in the script
  3. The estimated time for each section of the presentation
  4. The planned speaker/teacher for each segment of the presentation
  5. The questions you will ask in the Q and A section of the presentation along with the anticipated answers and follow-up questions you intend to ask
  6. The materials you will need to bring including: handouts/fliers, exit slips, surveys, and props that may be necessary for your presentation.
  7. Any visual aids like a slide show (these should be briefly described/planned out)

Obviously, you won’t finish everything in the hour, but you should be nearly done since the complete draft (of both outline and powerpoint/prezi) is due by the end of the class on Wednesday.  This, of course, is in addition to the brilliant work you’ve already completed in managebac.

Now is not the time to be off task.  You’ve been given plenty of time.

Produce.

Uploading Essays

I will walk you through the process today.  There are three main steps:

  1. Type interactions into Managebac
  2. Upload essay to Ib
  3. Upload the SAME (Final draft) essay to turnitin.com (Revision 5)

Before you upload your essay, please remember to:

  • Type the words of your ‘title’ on the top of your essay.
  • Remove all names/identification from your essay.
  • Make it 12 point font and double spaced.

Logging in to IB, please remember:

  1. personal code starts with a lower case letter and is 3 letters followed by 3 numbers
  2. Your Pin is ALL CAPS

All of these steps need to completed this evening before Midnight.