DP1 TOK Midterm Packet

I. Quotes about knowledge:

“If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it’s still a foolish thing.” -Anatole France, 1844- 1924

I chose this quote because it appears to be a simple quote, but it’s actually very deep. I think everyone realizes that a thing is foolish, but only the wise, who can truly understand that it is a foolish thing, choose not to do it because they see through the peer pressure. Just because everyone else does something, doesn’t mean it’s okay. People need to start making decisions by themselves not with the influence of others. For example, ever since the iphone 4s Siri has become the new fad. So many people have said Siri is excellent and a great resource. However from personal experience with Siri I have a very different opinion. I think people shouldn’t believe what everyone else says, but trust their own experience and judge things with their own opinion.

II. Questions About Knowledge

How should schools/ education change to adapt to new technology? (think time, physical & instructional)

I think that schools and education should definitely change to adapt to new technology and to this new generation. You would think people would realize after hundreds of years of instruction, that teaching kids to memorize whats in a book and then take a test to see whether they memorized it or not was pointless. And by the time students are finished with the test, they forget all the information that they had just taken all that time studying for. By teaching kids through direct experience, for example taking them on field trips or doing experiments, really helps kids take more out of a class. Think about it, what are you more likely to remember, something you had a direct experience with or something you read about in a book? The answer  is clearly obvious. I also think that a lot more classes should use computers and technology. Computers are a great resource and keep ‘this generation’s kids’ more interested than a paper and pencil can. Most importantly computers have internet, which Youtube videos can be watched off of. Most people are visual learners, if kids are able to visually see what they are learning about, they are able to understand a topic much better than they would if they were just reading out of a book  and only imagining how something worked.

III. Readings

How the internet is changing what we think we know Knowing knowledge

IV. Video Playlists & Articles

1. Thinking:

-Knowledge is gained through direct experiences everyday.

– “…We developed assumptions from what we learned from the previous wrung. We begin to distinguish what is fact and what is story.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJLqOclPqis&list=PL02WMxCfzaXrA04DiSv-94AzZZ3ce0C_6&index=1). From direct experiences we begin to make assumptions which then become beliefs.

-“People are recalling information less, and instead can remember where to find the information they have forgotten.” (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/07/google-making-us-stupid-and-smart-same-time/40007/). I totally agree with this. People are so accustomed to getting information of the internet so easily that they don’t want to take the time to remember it themselves.

-The brain adapts to it’s environment.

-Google is a great resource, so great that it is all people rely on for their information. And it is not always reliable.

-“…the most cited studies in a field used to be the product of a lone genius – think of Einstein or Darwin – Jones, et. al. have demonstrated that the best research now emerges from groups.” (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/the-difficulty-of-discovery). Such a good point! Why are scientists now working in large groups when in history it was proven that more groundbreaking material was discovered by an individual alone?

4. Encyclopedia:

-Wikipedia is a great resource, but you need to distinguish whether its information is correct on your own because it is not always reliable.

-Wikipedia is taking over the traditional encyclopedia

-“Last month the Encyclopedia of Britannica announced that it is going out of print…”(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6l-FiV4xo&list=PL02WMxCfzaXqn1Fl50kGjJoV5PRc2zwEe&index=7). This is so sad, our society has chosen convenience over reliability.

-Wikipedia has 19 million entries in 282 languages

-the EOL (Encyclopedia of Life)  has 700,000 pages

-Each page in the EOL has information on an organism

-“The global partnership of 176 content providers behind EOL.org is progressing toward an aspiration of 1.9 million pages — one for every species known to science.” (http://blog.ted.com/2011/09/06/explore-the-relaunched-encyclopedia-of-life-eolv2/). Wow! Can you imagine how useful and life changing the EOL will become once it reaches 1.9 million? Information about every species known to science will be available to everyone.

5. Libraries:

-Most people use google rather than books for information

-“Internet allows us to get information from all corners of the globe..” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjoJd_uN-7M&list=PL02WMxCfzaXrfITTznt-7sxTUSCRP1A4y&index=3). Google has many more users all over the globe than one book can ever claim to reach.

-“In 48 B.C. Julius Cesar invaded Alexandria and accidentally torched part of the library…” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AW8EWDW0vc&list=PL02WMxCfzaXrfITTznt-7sxTUSCRP1A4y&index=1).  How can you accidentally torch a library? If you invade a place you probably meant to burn something down.

-“Changes are being driven in part by the new ways in which people interact with information.” (http://harvardmagazine.com/2010/04/gutenberg2-0). More people are starting to use the internet to look for information rather that libraries or books.

-Libraries are trying to adapt to the needs of this new technology based generation of individuals

-Libraries have been around for 4,000 years

V. Vlog


In my video I talk about my top 10 ideas that would make school better.

*To watch my vlog click here!!!*



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