First Day of DP2

Welcome back! 

Hopefully you had a relaxing summer and are ready to go full force through January.

SUMMER BUSINESS:

You should have completed your “Summer Expectations” (curation plus TED ED lesson). Please access this spreadsheet and paste the URL to your lesson there:

OUR FUTURE:

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.)

Reasoning

Ethics

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

 

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SOME THOUGHTS TO START THE YEAR

 

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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


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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:

http://www.danpink.com/archives/2011/01/whats-your-sentence-the-video

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

– http://thinglinkblog.com/2012/06/04/thinglink-rich-media-tags-an-overview/

– Video: 

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. 

Qrhacker

 

 

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Emotion Exploration #2: Happiness, Regret, and Despair

Do you ever wonder what your “Emotional Intelligence” is? Some scientists believe your “E.Q.” is more important to your success in life than your “I.Q.”.

Take the TEST here: 

http://www.queendom.com/tests/access_page/index.htm?idRegTest=3037

RESOURCES ON DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF EMOTIONS:

HAPPINESS

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Dan Gilbert on TED: “Why are we Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy?”


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BIG THINK ARTICLE: How Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

Washington Post ARTICLE: Too Much Happiness Makes You Unhappy

7 Must-Read Books in Happiness (Plus more TED talks!)

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Michael Norton on TED: “How to Buy Happiness”

 

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Conversations about this talk at http://www.ted.com/conversations/search?type=keyword&term=Michael+Norton%3A+How+to+buy+happiness&submit=Go

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Happiness

TED ED LESSON (includes TED talk with quiz and other Thinking Questions)- Nancy Etcoff on the Surprising Science of Happiness: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/nancy-etcoff-on-the-surprising-science-of-happiness

Take the Happiness Survey HERE

or the OXFORD Happiness Survey HERE

or for more fun, use your iPhone for this: http://www.trackyourhappiness.org/

ARTICLE: Is there a Mathematics to Happiness?

GALLERY: The World’s 15 Happiest Countries

ARTICLE: Why would the government want to know if we are happy? Why did our founding fathers consider “pursuit of happiness” so important? 

REGRET and SADNESS

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ARTICLE: Does regret make you more humane?

ARTICLE: Quick Decisions Create Regret

Here is the exquisite, legendary Edith Piaf sing “No, I regret Nothing” (with English subs)

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ARTICLE: Why is regret a “moral” emotion?

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TED TALK with Kathryn Schulz: Don’t Regret Regret (yes, it starts out with Johnny Depp’s shoulder tattoo!)


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Conversations regarding this talk (I like the “10 mistakes we all make”)

ARTICLE: TOP 5 Regrets of the DYING

SADNESS and DESPAIR

ARTICLE: Pregnant 9/11 Survivors Transmitted Trauma to their Children

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ARTICLE: A Broken Heart Could Actually Kill You

ARTICLE: What is “broken heart syndrome”?

then watch this short video: 

ARTICLE: The Grief and Infection Connection

ARTICLE: What’s the Value of Sadness (Happiness- Enough Already!)

“Sadness is a Blessing” by Lykke Li (“Sadness is my boyfriend…”)


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We are not the only creatures to experience Grief- check out these elephants…

 

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W.H. Auden’s lovely poem: “Funeral Blues”, as seen in the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”

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And another stunning piece of poetry by Lord Byron

 

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well—
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.

 Lord Byron

 

Equilibrium: A Dystopia Sans Emotion




What if there were a world that was afraid of human emotion, blaming feelings for all of humanity’s ills, then attempting to anesthetize the population? You’ve seen this theme in dystopian novels such as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and to some extent in the Matrix films. Another film (2002), “Equilibrium”, shows what life would be like if we tried to keep feelings at bay with drugs and destroy all emotional provocations such as art and literature, censoring items for “Emotional Content and branding those who do not comply “Sense Offenders”.

READ THE ENTIRE PLOT SUMMARY HEREhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238380/synopsis

Here is one of the opening scenes (sorry about the Spanish subs):


In this scene Cleric fools the power that be and runs home to check on his Prozium supply, only to discover that his own son has not been taking Prozium since his mother was convicted of being a Sense Offender and subsequently executed. He gets to see “Father” and has his emotions tested…only to be in for a surprise.

One of the final scenes- The “Father” taunts Cleric into questioning his morality now that he can feel. Is killing someone else who can feel really “worth the price”?

Veiled Language and Inuendo: Language and Human Nature

Language expert Steven Pinker

READ HIS INTERVIEW (or see that video) for more after you watch the animated one:

http://bigthink.com/ideas/4645

Language is “distinctively human” and therefore, he believes, a window into our nature.

***If you are interested, you can buy the entire book “The Stuff of Thought” HERE

 

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Inuendo, “Polite speak , Euphemisms, Veiled Language….what do these say about us?

He discusses these 3 basic human relationship types and how Language works with them:

1. Dominance

2. Communality

3. Reciprocity

How do divergent understandings of these lead to…AWKWARDNESS

Why do we resort to INDIRECTNESS even when we know what is going on? 

What does it mean when something is “OUT THERE”? Can you ever take back “Overt” language?

How do his comments on crowdsourcing and social protest (i.e.MULTUAL KNOWLEDGE relate world events today? How does EXPLICIT language foster mutual knowledge?

Here’s an excellent blog post debriefing some of the thoughts in the video: http://meteuphoric.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/why-not-say-what-mea/