Hopefully you had a relaxing summer and are ready to go full force through January.
You should have completed your “Summer Expectations” (curation plus TED ED lesson). Please access this spreadsheet and paste the URL to your lesson there:
Here’s what we will be exploring in TOK II –
1 presentation (Ethics issue)
1 presentation (free choice)
TOK Presentation (choose 1 of 3 to submit by mid-January)
TOK essay (“prescribed title”) prep (questions are posted by IB Sept. 1)
TOK essay draft (by Dec.)
TOK essay finish (by end of Jan.)
Areas of Knowing: Arts, Maths, History, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences
***AOK will feature specific lessons, but also simultaneous independent exploration in specific groups responsible for curating and creating a web site, activities, and presentations.
BETTER COMMUNICATION and GLOBAL CONNECTION:
In an effort to communicate more effectively we will try these strategies-
1. Sign up for REMIND101 (for text announcements and reminders)
2. Smaller “TOK tribes” within each that will serve as blog buddies and Google+ Hangout groups
3. More screencasting on my part
4. New TOK digital magazine (Themeefy) for parents
5. Idea board (“Hmmmm”- see video below)
6. Possible connection with an Australian school via Learnology
7. Participation in “dslja” and TILTOK in collaboration with Jim Groom’s ds106 at the University of Mary Washington and the Mulgrave School’s TOK class in Vancouver
8. Better use of Diigo accounts and collaborative annotations in Diigo (tutorials to follow)
9. More effective use of the backchannel (TodaysMeet and Twitter) during films /presentations/ discussions.
10. TOK YouTube Channel for archiving all TED talks and other videos seen in class.
NEW FEATURES IN ROOM
SOME THOUGHTS TO START THE YEAR
For a synopsis of Mr. Fry’s video “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 18”, CLICK HERE (some amazing knowledge issues!)
***make your work “more fun than fun”
LINK TO THE TODAYSMEET BACKCHANNEL FOR MR.FRY’S TALK
3 FUN THINGS I’D LIKE TO DO IN THE FIRST FEW CLASSES
1. Make a group music video with the VIDRhythm App (I’ll upload to our YouTube). See this: http://www.vidrhythm.com/howto
2. What’s Your Sentence? How would you define yourself in 1 sentence? Check out this video from Daniel Pink’s experiment:
or from the kids at Shanghai American school
3. VOX VISIO: Your Story in 3 Images – Thinglinked. Part of LJA’s goal with the Schools of the Future grant is to encourage student and faculty “VOICES”. While checking out the new tech tool Thinglink, which allows you to annotate images with hypermedia (making them “come alive”), I thought it would be interesting to see if we could distill our life, our story, our “us – ness” into 3 images, and then add media-based annotations (which could be vlogs, text, audio, etc.). And wouldn’t it be interesting to change them into QR codes and place them around campus so everyone could check out your story?
a. brainstorm with yourself or a partner what the 3 parts of your story are
– where you come from, or what makes you who you are
– where you are right now (perhaps something about your summer?)
– where you are headed (immediate or long-term visions of your future)
b. decide what 3 images you will use. (e.g. original or appropriated photography, hand-drawn or digital images that can be uploaded; paintings)
c. decide if you want to make 3 separate Thinglinks or merge the 3 images together in a photocollage program first (like photovisi , shapecollage , or picmonkey). ***Max size is 25MB!
d. Check out these resources on Thinglink
– blog with samples and discussion of the QR code
e. Sign up – recommended: The EDU VERSION with your Twitter account…and start creating. Try to have AT LEAST ONE AUDIO / VIDEO- like a voiceover perhaps)
For an example check this out http://www.thinglink.com/scene/269449954164998146
f. A really cool QR generator is http://www.qrhacker.com/, which allows you to customize your QR codes like this, then use something like Qrafter on the ipad or iPhone to read it.