Feb 12, 2010

Tips on TOK Presentations

Hi, everyone!!!

Sorry this post will probably just interest people, who are suffering from the IB pain. (not really...I should say people, who are enjoying the best period of their life's - the IB stage:) btw I do believe in  that)

OK...If you haven't done your TOK presentation yet, these tips hopefully will be so helpful 4 you!!! I have recently discovered the lovely site and saw the awesome post about the tips and would like to share it with you guys....:))) Btw I just shortened the actual text, which was sent by Linda (I dunno who she is but I greatly appreciate her post and acknowledge her, as well as the other editors of this site of this website)...

"These tips were written by Nick Alchin, a ToK and mathematics teacher at Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK. He has also written an excellent ToK text book for IB students and a teacher's book."

1. Read  the assessment criteria. You should focus on knowledge issues and choose a contemporary issue.

2. Choose a concrete topic that interests you and find the TOK in it. Try to find a topic that you will really enjoy talking about and that means something to you personally. Some of the most effective presentations start with an everyday story and go on to draw out the TOK aspects.
3. Explore an issue; this means that you should present different points of view, even if they contradict each other and even if you disagree with them. Give your own opinion; you can point out that there are problems with your opinion, but be honest and say what you really think!
4. Try to cover the facts quickly and get on to the abstract TOK principles. There are no marks for dissemination of information! The focus of the presentation must be analysis, not description.

5. Think about the implications of TOK principles and use them to reflect on the validity of the principles.

6. Your communication on the structure of your presentation should be clearly stated and easy to follow by the audience. Having one or two overheads with the main points in bullet form (using a large font for clarity) can keep both you and your audience on track.
7. State clearly the problems of knowledge that you are looking at. This will help you retain clarity and make it easier for an examiner to give you high marks in criterion A (Knowledge Issues). If you use an overhead, list the problems there.
8. If appropriate use a film clip, slides, photos, newspaper cutting or any other prop. Your presentation will probably be far more interesting if you can use something other than your voice! But make sure that the props serve a specific purpose, and that they don't replace the analysis that will earn you high marks in criterion B (Quality of Analysis).
9. In your conclusion try to summarize (briefly--only a few sentences) what you have said, and try to end with a forward-looking view. This might be a summary of the main principles you have identified or some issues which have arisen and which have not been answered. Do not just repeat your arguments. The end should "feel" like a conclusion and not like "well, that's it."
10. Use examples of real life situations! This will show your understanding of the knowledge issues, implications of the ToK principles and in overall, the whole context of ToK.

Ok Good luck with your ToK presentation!

Hopefully, these tips will be handy 4 u!!!

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