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About the 2014 TOK Essay Guide: Thank you for responding really quickly. The guide is really helpful in unpacking the KIs and looking at what is required for a TOK essay.Ashvin
IB Diploma student, Singapore
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IB Diploma student, Rome
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IB Diploma student, Wiesbaden
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IB Diploma Coordinator, Orange County Public Schools
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Headmaster, Oporto British School, Porto
About the TOK Essay Guide and the site: Thanks for the copy of the Essay Guide. I've found it very informative, supportive and ‘teacher-friendly’. I would also like to say that I really appreciate your website. It provides me with a solid background and it has become one of my favourite resources. Some of the issues presented are just eye opening, and I use the materials not only on TOK but also on the English B course that I run.Ewa Dabrowska
IB Diploma educator, Warsaw
About our TOK essay support service: Thank you so much for your efforts and for the time you took to assist me with the essay and creating the TOK website, it truly is a great resource for all IB students and it certainly has helped me achieve a top band grade A in my TOK essay... I very much look forward to working with you in the near future on the TOK presentation, I will definitely keep in touch.Ali
IB Diploma student, Dubai
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IB Diploma Coordinator, Al Hussan International School, Riyadh
About our TOK presentation support service: Michael helped my son prepare for his TOK presentation. In addition to providing some really valuable substantive and practical knowledge, Michael instilled confidence in my son.Michelle
Mother of a IB Diploma student, Seattle
About the site: On behalf of my students and colleagues, congratulations on your ToK website... it's been superb having access to what is an outstanding online resource.Guy Bromley
Head of TOK, International School of the Hague
About the site and the TOK Sessions resources pack: Your website has always been an invaluable resource for my TOK classes, and now your TOK Sessions Pack - which is comprehensive, varied, and authoritative - has further enriched TOK sessions. Thanks a lot.Alistair Kanaan
Head of Film & TOK Teacher, The English School, Bogota
About the TOK Sessions resources pack: Key concepts are perceptively and succinctly articulated, yet explorative, illuminating and insightful. Stimulating and accessible.Graham Robertson
TOK teacher, The International School of the Hague
About the site, newsletter, and teaching resources: In my opinion, the website is an incredible asset for the students and their teachers, I love the newsletter, offering many good articles to work with, and the [TOK Sessions] pack is a very good base to give a start on the right foot to the new TOK teachers (and surely to the more experienced ones too), offering ideas on “how to” make the students do some TOK, on all the subjects from the IB guide, ready to use.Valéry
TOK teacher, Istanbul
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As well as being the world’s most used internet resource for TOK, we also provide online tutoring for students and run mentoring programmes for teachers new to TOK. Uniquely amongst online education organizations, our support services for students are based around the IB’s stipultations for teacher assistance, reflecting our strong belief in the need for academic integrity and honesty.
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Complementing the site are our monthly newsletter, social media pages, and e-resource packs, which are all designed to inspire, rather than inculcate, learners. We’re happy to announce that we’re now accepting Purchase Orders as a method of payment. Find out more about this and other payment options here.
The monthly newsletter
Our newsletter, which now has subscribers in 86 different countries, provides students and educators with a dozen crisp key news stories every month, with knowledge questions, discussion points, and ideas for further exploration. As you collect each issue, you’ll build up an invaluable library of real life situations that you can incorporate into TOK essays and presentations.
The TOK Sessions Pack
The legendary TOK Sessions Pack for teachers has been updated for the new curriculum, and now has over 80 perfectly pitched lesson plans, student handouts, PowerPoints, and suggestions for further activities. All 16 ways of knowing and areas of knowledge are featured, together with information on how students should tackle the new forms of assessment for the essay and presentation.
The TED Companion Pack
The TED Companion Pack does all the hard work for teachers keen to tap into TED’s wonderful collection of knowledge, and use it to deepen students’ understanding of the different components of TOK. The resource allows teachers to introduce 60 different topics, explore key thinkers and ideas, set up discussions, and provide students with quotable material for their essays and presentations. Our short video for the Pack outlines its content in a little more detail.
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Our three e-guidebooks provide step-by-step guidance on all aspects of the assessment tasks, and should be considered essential equipment if you’re serious about those precious three extra Diploma points. We’re happy to announce that we’re now accepting Purchase Orders as a method of payment. Find out more about this and other payment options here.
The May 2014 TOK Essay Guide
Buy our eight-dollar essay guide, and receive clear and effective guidance on writing the TOK essay. The 38 page guide takes you on a journey through the different stages of writing an essay, using a previous question as a model answer, and will help you to hit all the assessment targets. The guide also provides specific guidance to the May 2014 titles, with suggested real life situations that you can use to augment your own experiences as a learner.
NOW AVAILABLE! The TOK Presentation Guide
Our new TOK Presentation Guide helps you to choose a real life situation that will engage your audience, identify and explore appropriate knowledge issues, get across your point of view as a knower, and hit all the assessment targets. The guide also includes examples of past presentations, and a consideration of what made them successful. It’s priced at just six dollars (plus transaction fee).
NEW! The Complete TOK Assessment Guide
The Complete TOK Assessment Guide provides all the content of the essay and presentation guides, but in one volume. Priced at only twelve dollars (plus transaction fee), and numbering 56 pages, it represents excellent value for money.
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Add authority to your TOK essay and presentation
For anyone whose bibliography and references sections are a little thin on the ground, our key thinkers page has now been massively expanded. It features brief profiles of 97 people who have shaped the way we view the world, links to explore their thoughts in more details, and an identification of the ways of knowing and areas of knowledge they’re useful for. We’ve even picked out 17 essential thinkers, and added a video for each one, showing why their theories have made such an impact. Use their ideas in your essay and presentation to help you explore your knowledge issues, and impress the examiners!
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Events and news
Read our guest post in the Larry Ferlazzo blog.
Alongside Richard van de Lagemaat and other noted TOK writers and specialists, we provided Larry with some of our thoughts on the new TOK curriculum. Do you agree the changes are positive ones? Are you worried about IKS? Get involved!
10th November – 8th December 2013: The IXth Florence Biannale
This international art event allows exciting contemporary artists to exhibit their work, but what’s most interesting for those involved in TOK is the conference hosted by Rolando Bellini, on the relationship between art and ethics, on 3rd December.
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