Media literacy for TOK?

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Professional development for Theory of Knowledge teachers? February 6 is the last day for signing up for the current iteration of the course  Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens.  It’s an online course offered on coursera.org. It can be done fairly inexpensively for credit or audited for free (presumably without the February 6 sign-up). Me, I’ve cruised through its outline and […]

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Oh, that air of authority!

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All the form without the content!  I leave it to you to formulate the appropriate knowledge questions — about persuasive devices, about experts and authorities. I’m too busy laughing! Looking for more thought-provoking resources to support your TOK teaching? Subscribe today References Pat Kelly, “Thought Leader Gives Talk That Will Inspire Your Thoughts”, This is That, Canadian […]

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Small biases, large consequences: an interactive online game on diversity or segregation

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Often it takes dramatic illustration to convey just why certain abstract concepts are so important to thinking critically about knowledge. For demonstrating the significance of concepts of “bias” and “implications”, try this online game with your students. “The Parable of the Polygons” provides an attractive, interactive – and startling! – visualization of what can follow from accepting some initial ideas, […]

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Conspiracy theories, intuitions and critical thinking: Part 1

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Did you know that the Charlie Hebdou attack was not, as the media tell us, an attack by terrorists offended by the satiric magazines’ portrayal of Muhammed, the Prophet? Did you know, rather, that it was orchestrated by the U.S. in order to punish France for its foreign policy decisions? Did you know that pop star Kate Perry is, in fact, a member of the Illuminati , bent on world […]

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