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For playing the mp3 files online

Make sure that you have a flash player installed. Otherwise you will not be able to play the files from your web browser. If you don’t have it installed, then the browser will ask you if you want to install it.

For subscribing to the RSS feed

The whole idea behind RSS feeds is so that you can obtain the newest MP3 files from this site without having to check this Internet site using a web browser. You need a so-called feed aggregator/podcatcher for this purpose. This is a program that automatically checks the websites that you want for the newest podcasts or blog entries. The program will then automatically download the newest editions. If you want to do this, then there are two steps for you to take:

  • First, you must first obtain a “feed aggregating software” (or “podcatcher”). The chances are pretty good that you have already one installed (or maybe you just want to download a plugin for your browser). In any case, there is a list of software here. If you can not decide on one, then try Juice. This seems to be a pretty popular podcatcher.
  • Second, you must copy the link (on the top-right of this web page) into the aggregator. Right click on the icon and copy the link (“Copy Link Location” or just “Copy”). Obviously you do not want too copy the picture.
  • Then paste the link it into your aggregator. There should be a separate menu point to add links.
  • You have problems copy-pasting links? Type in the address http://www.toktalk.net/feed into your feed aggregator. It works the same.
  • You will then see a list of the most recent MP3 files. You can select those files that you want to download and listen to.

For downloading MP3s

  • Right-click on the MP3 button to display a popup menu. Click save link as (or save target as) to save the file on your disk.
  • You can also click on the RSS feed buttons to display the MP3 files for saving.

If you can not hear any sound

  • Make sure that you have enabled WAV in your volume control, and both master volume and WAV volume are turned up.
  • Did you plug in the earphones correctly? Do not plug the earphones into the microphone jack – it happens more often than you think!

If you can not see the background photos of the menu

Can only see the menu text without a background photo? Is this the only image you can see? If the menu on top looks like this picture here, then you need to download a new Version of your Internet Explorer. Version 6 is not able to show transparency.

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You may:

  • Listen to the MP3 files online (of course).
  • Download the audio files to be stored on your MP3 Player or computer and listen to them (either over the link, or using special podcatching software).
  • Use the information in the MP3 files for your TOK essay and TOK presentation, if you consider it relevant. Copyright does not protect the information itself, copyright protects the way that the information is communicated. This means that you may not use the same wording that I used for your own TOK essay and presentation.

You may not:

  • Include the MP3 files on your own homepage or use other ways of distribution.
  • Modify the MP3 files in any way.
  • Use the files or the information and images of this site in any other unacceptable, unethical or illegal way.

Disclaimers:

  • It is a non-commercial site, serving educational purposes only. I have created this site as an e-learning site for my own students.
  • This website and its content is not affiliated with or endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
  • I am personally also not affiliated with the IBO.
  • This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the school that I teach in.
  • The content can naturally not guarantee you a high TOK mark, the content is also not based on the official IB TOK syllabus. The use of the content is on your own risk. Different teachers teach TOK differently and place a different emphasis and focus on the different topics. This site presents my personal approach and is therefore not official.
  • I can not guarantee that the information presented on this website is factually correct. Use at your own risk. I can not be made responsible/liable for damages resulting from the use of the information presented on this site.

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Welchome to toktalk.net, a blog and podcast that should be a resource for students and teachers of the IB TOK (Theory of Knowledge) course.

About Myself

Q: Who are you and why did you make this site?
A: My name is Oliver Kim and I am a teacher of the International Baccalaureate Program. I teach Theory of Knowledge as well as IB Biology and Information Technology in a Global society (ITGS). I am, however, not affiliated with the IB Organisation, and this site is not endorsed by them. There is much TOK teaching material available but not much audio material, at least not to my knowledge. Sometimes the available reading material is quite complex and not very accessible. I was simply missing accessible information that can be “easily consumed”. Many students already possess portable MP3 players and I am optimistic that this technology will play a stronger role in education in the future. There are other reasons as well. Making this blog/podcast requires me to do some research. Essentially it is a form of course preparation for me.

About Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Q: What is Theory of Knowledge (TOK)?
A: Theory of Knowledge is the name of a course that students of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program have to take, but it is more than that. It is a course in critical thinking. It is also a branch of Philosophy called Epistemology. This branch of philosophy addresses questions such as:

  • How do we know what we know?
  • How do we obtain new knowledge?
  • What counts as knowledge and what does not?

An awareness of TOK principles should give us the possibility to critically reflect and critically examine our own sources of knowledge. TOK is a course in critical thinking and it very practical. For me personally it has become somewhat a way of life – it is a way of looking at the world, it is a way of seeing things. When I read a newspaper article, a science report, listen to an interview I can not help asking myself questions such as:

  • Is the account biased in any way?
  • Does my own cultural background give rise to misunderstandings?
  • How are the claims in the article or interview justified?
  • What language issues play a role in the communication?
  • …and many more.

This website, however, is not endorsed by the IB-Organisation and by the school that I teach in. Different teachers teach TOK differently and this is perfectly OK. The course places an emphasis on critical, reflective thinking and not so much on the acquisition of facts. Philosophical concepts certainly do play a certain role, but TOK is not a philosophy course in which students study different philosophical viewpoints. In my personal view, the course should motivate students to ask questions that they normally would not ask. They should learn to see the world through different eyes – with a “twist” so to say.

Q: What are AOKs, WOKs, KIs, POKs?
A: These are abbreviations which are used throughout the course and on this Website.

  • AOK: These are Different areas of Knowledge, such as Science, History, Math, Ethics, Arts, Human sciences…. The TOK course places an emphasis on the school subjects, but theoretically the AOKs can be any other domain as well. Computer science is also an area of knowledge just as the ability to swim or to ride a bicycle can also be considered an area of knowledge (I know how to swim!).
  • WOK: There are four basic Ways of Knowing. Logics (Reason), Sense Perception, Emotion/Intuition or Language (by Authority). We know something about the world through these four basic Ways of Knowing. I know how to swim because I watched somebody else swim (sense perception) and because my parents taught me the theory of swimming (Authority). I also read a book on it (Authority). The question now is: Is this enough for knowing how to swim? Interesting. We are now right in the middle of a Knowledge Issue.
  • KI or POKs: These are Knowledge Issues and Problems of Knowledge. I often use them interchangably because it is often not easy to separate these two. The KIs/POKs address the question: “How do I know?”. How is my knowledge influenced by my own experience, bias, culture, education?
  • About TOKTalk.net

    Q: What is TOKTalk?
    A: TOKTalk is a blog/podcast with the objective of inspiring Theory of Knowledge (TOK) students and teachers (and of course anybody who is interested) to view the world in a different way. It is a collection of thoughts and explanations on a range of different topics that relate directly and indirectly to TOK.

    Q: For whom did you make this site?
    A: I made this site primarily for my own TOK students as a source of inspiration….. And also for myself, it’s a form of course preparation for me.

    Q: Why did you choose to publish the material in the audio form and not conventionally as text material?
    A: Does there always have to be an objective, rational reason for things like that? For those of you who would like to hear the rational reason: Students are already acquainted with obtaining text material from the Internet and from books. Podcasts still have a certain “newness” factor, probably not for much long, and this may kindle the curiosity of the students, at least I hope so. OK, now I have given my little secret away….. And for those of you who want to hear the subjective reason: I was simply interested in this new technology and wanted to try it out. And it’s fun as well.

    Q: How often do you add new episodes?
    A: I add them irregularly, depending on time availability. Sometimes there is a break of a few months, but I have not abandoned the site. Be patient.

    Q: Why do some blog entries not have an audio file attached?
    A: I generally try to add the mp3 when I have the time and the quiet. The day unfortunately has only 24 hours…

    Q: Where did you get the material from?
    A: I wrote it myself and read it off. Sometimes I’m improvising. Plagiarism is a no-no. The pictures I took myself.

    Q: What do the pictures have to do with the topics that you talk about? For example, what does the picture of a bird have to do with this FAQ section? I can not see the connection
    A: I understand you. I often feel very similar when I am reading TOK or Exteded essays from students. Sometimes there is no connection between the body of the essay and the essay title (or the introduction and the paragraphs that follow it)….. 🙂

    Q: What technology are you using for this website?
    A: The blog software is WordPress. I’m also using a Podcasting plugin. For recording the audio, I’m using the audio editor Audacity. The quality of the audio files are improved with The Levelator.

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