AOK Group Website Project

During our study of the various AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE (Arts, History, Maths, Natural Sciences, and Human Sciences), you will be asked to curate and build a group website repository of various artifacts that will help us probe further in to the nature of each AOK and the knowledge issues associated with it.

1. You have already been asked to sign up for 1st and 2nd choices in the AOK. I tried to give you your first choice, though some students are going to be divided between two choices (therefore you will have fewer responsibilities for each group). I’ve also tried to pinpoint a focus within the TOK (such as architecture, design, literature, etc. in the Arts)

2. Here is the LIST OF YOUR ASSIGNMENTS by AOK and by CLASS PERIOD Those in PURPLE are assigned to more than 1 AOK.

3. What will you be doing? What’s required? Here are the PROJECT SPECS (please see vlogs below)

4. How will you manage the group and delegate jobs? Here’s a PLANNING DOC. Please download (make a copy) of this document and view the sample responses in yellow. Then you can delete them and add yours. Change the title and share with Mr. B in Google docs and/or on Diigo or email. (please see vlogs below)

5. How will you communicate with everyone? Check the color-coding on the list of assignments by class period, and you can see who to work with when we have face-to-face “studio” time in TOK class. You can also communicate in Diigo when your editors start a threaded topic. Use whatever other methods that work for you (social media, email, text, etc.)

6. When is it due? As the project specs sheet indicates, there will be mini due dates and checkpoints, but for the overall due date, final sites are due Dec. 7 (J3), Dec. 12 (D7), and Dec. 14 (N7). We can celebrate with a viewing party (cookies!)


First Meeting:

On Logistics and Communication:

Requirement 1: Unit Question

Requirement 2: Linking Questions

Requirement 3: Vocab to Know

Requirement 4: The BigWigs

Requirement 5: Understanding

Requirement 6: Multiple Perspectives

Requirement 7: Where it’s Been / Where We Are / Where We’re Headed

Requirement 8: Bios

About Sources:

About Logistics:

Collecting Artifacts:



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“I don’t believe that our current death industry works for us. Sure bodies get buried, bodies get cremated, things get done. But we are missing a transparency, missing an interaction with the reality of death. The knowledge of death is not for an elite group of professional technicians. That’s like saying the knowledge of love is for an elite groups of professional technicians. It is for everyone.”

Seeing that we are exploring ETHICS and TOK Essay Title #3 has to do with Ethical Responsibility and Knowledge, I thought I’d call upon my long-time neighbor (go Kaneohe!) and friend, YouTube Sensation Caitlin Doughty.

Caitlin works as a professional mortician and funeral director in LA, but she really comes to life (pardon the pun) in her witty YouTube videos in which she shares her knowledge of death and funeral practices freely to the unwashed masses.

She basically answers viewer questions with wit, humor, and intelligence and even consults “deathxperts” here and there.

Sometimes she gets some harsh criticism from peers in the field and others, as seen in this Huffington Post interview .

What I’ve asked Caitlin today is to create a special edition video just for our TOK class answer our questions concerning Ethics and her sharing of knowledge. Of course, feel free to pose any death-related queries too, but we primarily want to focus on her reasons for sharing this knowledge and the ethics behind what she does.

1. Please check out the following related links and her videos on her YouTube Channel (you won’t be sorry!) – be sure to check out viewer comments as well.

2. Go to our Diigo Group and find the topic “Ask a Mortician Ethics

3. Post your queries there. I’ll send them to her and she’ll send us back a video!


Caitlin’s Order of the Good Death BLOG

Caitlin on Twitter (she’s fun!)


Confessions of a Funeral Director

“So What Would You Ask a Mortician?”

To Live and Die in LA

Huffington Post: America’s (Kinda Dark) Sweetheart 

Presentation Planning: ETHICS

As we embark on our 2nd “stab” at the official TOK presentation, there are some helpful planning documents that will keep you on track. Remember that officially, a Planning Doc must be turned in via Managebac to the IB (we’ll go over this in class).

Basically, you will be asked to evaluate yourself and you will be evaluated by the TOK teacher. We’ll also add the “backchannelling” component via Twitter, so that members of the audience can give you feedback and become more engaged.

*Your presentation will be recorded.

The planning doc includes these questions:

1. What is the real -life situation? (in this case, it will be a video or article related to Language as a Way of Knowing) (see fro examples)

2. What are the knowledge issues or isse? (Must be in the form of an open-ended question) *Refer to the Ethics Unit Plan on this blog

3. How do you plan to deal with/ treat the knowledge issues?


Of course, there is much more to this, so I hope these will help.

Download this file

Download this file

Some Samples on YouTube  (not necessarily stellar)

Vegetarianism (film)

Ethical dilemmas- Video games (violent imagery and violent crimes)

Evaluating the Migration Model (subject area of Geog)

Not-So-Random Sources of Ideas

My Crowdsourced Document

or simply search Twitter…e.g.!/search/ethics

PARTNER GROUP PRESENTATION (or alone if you wish): 

PERUSE the Diigo and Delicious lists of things I’ve curated about Ethics nd Knowledge Issues (and this one from Mr. Ferlazzo). Choose ONE that seems interesting to you both and prepare a presentation for the class. You may use any sort of presentation tool such as Google Slideshow, PowerPoint, film, skit  Prezi, etc. 

***Refer to the “Presentation” section in your TOK textbook, pp.276-281.  For MORE TIPS, SEE:

***If you work with someone in another class, you need to arrange for them to be present in your class or vice versa (you need only give the preso once)

You should do the following in your presentation:

a. give us an overview of the article or video

b. identify at least 1 knowledge question or issue in the article or video (***should be in the form of an open-ended question, with the question about knowledge itself)

c. icorporate examples from personal life (knower’s perspective), or show clear personal involvement

d. discuss the implications of knowledge

e. show different perspectives and/or connections to other subjects (Areas of Knowledge) or Ways of Knowing – the linking questions above have some categories

f. try spend at least 10 minutes per person talking/presenting (that is a TOk requirement)


Download this file

DUE DATES (also in MB)

Planning doc dueSept 19 (J3);Sept. 24 (D7);Sept. 26 (N7) *or earlier if you wish

Presentations due (i.e. be ready to present): Oct.5 (J3); Oct. 11(D7); Oct. 13 (N7)