Monday, October 31, 2016

TOK 1, Day 31 (10/31): Spooky Mathematics


Aims & Objectives
  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
  • understand that knowledge brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.
  • explore a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.

Essential Questions
  1. How do mathematics shape our modern experiences?
  2. What are the ethical implications of advanced mathematics?
Agenda:

Then we can explore the ethical problems raised by advanced neural nets and machine intelligence:


  • Finish reading/annotating the excerpt from Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise
  • New Natural Sciences OPP due date - 11/9
  • Hold off on TOKIRL - I will assign you a topic on Wednesday!


Friday, October 28, 2016

TOK 2, Day 30 (10/28): IRW

Stuff for me:
  • Your first TOKIRL Blog is due Nov. 6
  • You could begin imagining and developing your Original Art Creations
Other Stuff:
  • Your Extended Essay Draft is Due before Thanksgiving
  • You should be working toward completing your CAS Projects.  Be sure that you are marking these entries as "CAS Project" in ManageBac, and that you are Reflecting!
  • Your other teachers probably have you doing work, too!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

TOK 1, Day 30 (10/27): IRW

We can watch and discuss this video about the Monty Hall Problem.




Then, you can take the day to work on important stuff!

Homework:
Read the chapter on "Bayesian Reasoning" from Nate Silver.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

TOK 2, Day 29 (10/26): TOKIRL & Art Creation Project

I did it! I finally created the TOK In-Real-Life Ongoing Blogging Assignment.  Let's look carefully at the options and expectations for this assignment.

Your first blog is due on November 6, and I will set aside time in class the next day for you to share your own thoughts/findings or to discuss those of a classmates.  You can read each other's blogs by clicking on them on the right side of this page.

Then, we should read through this art-creation assignment.  This will be your midterm assignment, so it's due I guess by the end of the semester? Give it some thought, and make something beautiful and memorable.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TOK 1, Day 29 (10/25): TOKIRL Discussion

As I said when giving you the TOKIRL Blog assignment, I'd like to start today by opening up the floor for you to share/discuss the writing you did over the weekend.

Then, given enough time, we can either watch this great new TEDTalk about the ethical implications of Machine Learning:

Or we can pick up the math and beauty baton to talk a little bit about what happens when you run interpretive algorithms on art:

Van Gogh and Fluid Dynamics



and what happens when you run them backwards:

Monday, October 24, 2016

TOK 2, Day 28 (10/24): TOK Presentation Prep

We should all sign up for Presentation days.  If you want to meet again before your presentation, pick a day for that, too!

Then, we'll watch and discuss a couple more of the presentations from last year.

Friday, October 21, 2016

TOK 1, Day 28 (10/21): Communications Styles

First, we can debrief on our time at the Montessori Fall Festival.


Then, we'll take this nifty communication styles assessment.

Topics for Discussion:

  • How does the communication style that you ended up with mesh with the way you think about yourself?
  • What conflicts can you see arising because of your communication style?
  • What benefits can be gained from considering this exercise in the future?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

TOK 1, Day 27 (10/19) Knowledge Questions, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Ethics & Art


First, please access your Practice with Knowledge Questions assignment.  Write your knowledge question somewhere on the board. Do not tell us what your RLS is.

We will begin by discussing your questions and checking them against the qualifications for good KQs.

Next, let's debrief on Grant's talk.

Then, given enough time, we can either watch this great new TEDTalk about the ethical implications of Machine Learning:


Or we can pick up the math and beauty baton to talk a little bit about what happens when you run interpretive algorithms on art:


Van Gogh and Fluid Dynamics





and what happens when you run them backwards:

Monday, October 17, 2016

TOK 1, Day 26 (10/17): IRW

Hey, gang! I'm absent.  While I'm gone, please use your time to do things that you need to do.  This might include:

Stuff for me:
  • Your Practice with TOK Questions assignment that I gave you like forever ago and none of you have touched yet.  This is on Google Classroom and is DUE by midnight tomorrow. Remember: no spoilers! Don't share your RLS with your classmates until our discussion on Wednesday.
  • Your first TOKIRL Blog.  
    • I finally did it! I made this assignment.  It's a thing of beauty. 
    • It is REALLY important that I get you writing and reflecting about the stuff we have been talking about, and truthfully, these blogs will probably make up the bulk of the graded work in this course going forward.  
    • Your first blog is due on Sunday, and then on every other Sunday going forward.  Read the instructions carefully. 
    • You have a lot of leeway for topics to write about, but I might suggest using this first blog as an opportunity to process all that heady math stuff that Grant talked us through last class.
    • You all wanted me to start writing, so I wrote this blog about Math and Beauty as an example (737 Words)
  • Reading for your One Page Papers: Natural Sciences will present on Nov. 2, Human Sciences will go on Dec. 8
Other stuff:
  • CAS Reflections: Some of you are doing GREAT! Others, not so much. 
  • Work for other classes: Use your resources, team up to accomplish great feats.
  • Decompress: Give yourself the opportunity to NOT THINK?! This might be worthwhile, but don't distract others.

Friday, October 14, 2016

TOK 2, Day 25 (10/14): IRW - TOK Presentation 1-on-1s

Things to work on:
  • EE 10-page draft (due on Google Classroom by 10/14 at bedtime)
  • TOK Presentation Planning
    • IA Topic Development Questions (On Google Classroom) must be answered with forethought and care before we will have your official conference
    • We will set presentation date (or schedule a second conference) at your 1-on-1.
  • College Applications
  • Work for other classes?
While you are working, we will discuss TOK Presentations in our 1-on-1 conference.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TOK 2, Day 24 (10/12): IRW

  • EE 10-page draft (due on Google Classroom by 10/17 at bedtime)
  • TOK Presentation Planning
    • TOK Presentation 1-on-1 conference will happen on Friday.
    • IA Topic Development Questions (On Google Classroom) must be answered with forethought and care before we will have your official conference
    • We will set presentation date (or schedule a second conference) at your 1-on-1.
  • College Applications
  • Work for other classes?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

TOK 1, Day 24 (10/11): KQs & OPPs


Aims & Objectives

  • make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the wider world
  • identify and analyse the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims
  • formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions
  • explore links between knowledge claims, knowledge questions, ways of knowing and areas of knowledge
  • explore a real-life/contemporary situation from a TOK perspective in the presentation.
Essential Questions
  1. What makes a good knowledge question?
  2. What are mathematicians working on these days?
Agenda
  • Practice with Knowledge Questions: Share Time
  • OPPS:
    • Cassandra: Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas
    • Malachi: Five Equations that Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics
    • Pate: Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Homework:
  • "Cave" Remediations

Thursday, October 6, 2016

TOK 1, Day 23 (10/6): Mathematical Beauty

Brewer explores Mathematics and Music, with accompaniment.

Then, we walk on the Greenbelt.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

TOK 2, Day 22 (10/5): IRW

Things to be completing:

  • EE 10-page draft (due on Google Classroom by 10/14 at bedtime)
  • TOK Presentation Planning
    • TOK Presentation 1-on-1 conference will happen on Friday.
    • IA Topic Development Questions (On Google Classroom) must be answered with forethought and care before we will have your official conference
    • We will set presentation date (or schedule a second conference) at your 1-on-1.
  • College Applications
  • Work for other classes?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

TOK 1, Day 22 (10/4): Knowledge Claims, Concepts, & Questions (& Maths)



First, let's review the following ideas from TOK:
  • Knowledge Claims
  • Knowledge Questions
  • Knowledge Concepts
  • Real Life Situations
These are the building blocks of both your TOK Presentation and Essay.  Getting good at identifying Knowledge Claims, linking to knowledge concepts, and extracting Knowledge Questions from Real life situations is essential to success across this course, and across the IB Curriculum.

Now, we'll shift gears (slightly) back to our ongoing discussion of Mathematics.  As you view the video on Mathematics and Beauty, please record any and all explicit or implied Knowledge Claims made or alluded to.

After the video, we will work to follow these claims toward the formulation of good Knowledge Questions.

Your Homework (you can begin now):

  • Choose (or locate or develop) a Real Life Situation that has something to do with MATHS, and use it to complete the Knowledge Question Development Activity (On Google Classroom).
  • Feel free to choose your RLS from your own personal reading/knowledge/experience.
  • Having trouble coming up with an RLS?
  • Do not share your RLS with your classmates or me (yet!)
  • Be prepared to share and discuss your Knowledge question as we begin class on Tuesday, 10/11.