Tuesday, August 30, 2016

VT's TED Talks

I am currently reading TED Talks:  The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson, and it has gotten me to thinking that I have, over the last several years not been living up to my own assignments and have not been watching enough of these TED talks that I so fervently want you to view, digest, enjoy, and learn from.  I have decided that one of my goals this year will be to watch a TED talk per school day and then post about them here.  I do have some catching up to do, and that won't happen right away, but I hope to have at least 180 done by the end of the school year.  My intention is to watch them after right after school (at least on Wednesdays and Fridays) around 3:10-3:30.  You are more than welcome to come join me and we can watch them together if you would like and scheduling permits.  Those talks that we watch together are always available for you to respond to in/on (?) the appropriate post each quarter.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Semester Prescribed Titles

Please pick two of the 6 titles that you think are interesting and that you might consider writing as your first semester paper.  Respond to the Prescribed Title by writing how and what you might write as a paper, what struck you as interesting about the title, and any traps in the title that you might see.  This is a way for you to start thinking about the Prescribed Titles as well as for others to see different ways of looking at the Prescribed Titles that they might not have thought of on their own.

1.     “The acquisition of knowledge is more a matter of recognition than of judgment.” Evaluate this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

2.     Is the availability of more data always helpful in the production of knowledge? Explore this question with reference to two areas of knowledge.

3.     “Conflicting knowledge claims always involve a difference in perspective.” Discuss with reference to two areas of knowledge.

4.     “Error is as valuable as accuracy in the production of knowledge.” To what extent is this the case in two areas of knowledge?

5.     “Metaphor makes no contribution to knowledge but is essential for understanding.” Evaluate this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

6.   “Ways of knowing operate differently in personal and shared knowledge.” Assess this claim.

All Things TED Quarter 1

Post your responses to the 8 TED talks that you watch in this section for 1st Quarter.  Your responses should be about a paragraph.  These responses should be anything that you think is important, cool, uncool, interesting, uninteresting about the video you watched.