theoryofknowledge.net is the world’s most popular online resource for the TOK course. Find free course content, tips on the essay and presentation, and strategies for delivering the course. Our resources have been purchased by clients in over 850 towns and cities in more than 100 countries across the globe. Subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, and build a library of real life situations to help you explore and understand TOK.
Become a member of theoryofknowledge.net and access our rebooted approach to the TOK course for a post-truth, post-textbook age: engaging, authentic, rigorous, and completely up-to-date.
The four fully-supported membership options are based around our world-famous TOK newsletter, and our brand-new ‘Big Question’ framework, which will revolutionize not just the way you teach TOK, but the TOK course itself. Find out about membership options by following this link.
I have been teaching TOK for 17 years, and I wanted to let you know that I think the BQ resources I’ve been using so far this year are awesome! By exploring TOK concepts through well-chosen, unique and high-interest real-life situations, my students are engaged in ways they haven’t been before.
Read more of the unsolicited comments we have received about our new approach to TOK from IB Diploma professionals all over the world on our testimonials page.
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Whether you’re a student or an educator, we can get you tooled up for TOK in no time. Click on the images to find out more about each resource. Our PayPal and Stripe-approved payment system allows you to purchase them safely and instantly. Check out our full range of TOK resources here.
Our brilliant and unique monthly newsletter makes TOK relevant and compelling
Reboot the way TOK is delivered at your school with our revolutionary new 8BQ framework
The new Presentation Guide includes a model presentation + step-by-step ‘how to’ summary
Diffuse TOK around your school with our 10 Minute TOK Lessons
Knowledge can’t be contained in a textbook. Here’s why we don’t think TOK can either
The latest Essay Guide comes with a bunch of great extras!
Helping you to explore real life situations
The new TOK curriculum puts even more emphasis on the use of real life situations, and relating them to clear knowledge questions, so understanding these two aspects of the course is vital to your success. Watch our introductory video, made in association with Cambridge University Press, to help you gain an understanding of the process.
We search through a lot of media sites from around the world for the most TOK-worthy news events and issues that can be used in the TOK classroom. You’ll find some of them below, but for a more extensive selection, consult the relevant section for each WOK and AOK. You can also subscribe to our free or newsletter, and check out our posts on Facebook and Twitter.
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School workshops that make an impact
theoryofknowledge.net’s creator Michael Dunn offers a range of TOK seminars and workshops for teachers and students. If you want to revolutionise your approach to TOK, find out why you should never teach from textbooks, make TOK engaging, relevant and a good foundation for the assessment tasks (yes, it can be done!), then Michael will help you to achieve this.
Find out more about the themes we deal with, and the schools throughout Europe and the UK we have visited, on our seminar and workshop page.
Key areas of theory of knowledge
TOK is divided up into ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. Within each of these 16 sections, you’re expected to identify and explore knowledge questions. Finally, at the end of your two years, you’ll write an essay, and deliver a presentation on what you’ve learnt. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
Our section on the TOK essay provides essential tips and strategies for success
Keep TOK fresh and engaging
The new syllabus places more emphasis on linking TOK concepts to the real world. But finding up-to-date real life situations can be very time consuming. Our unique monthly newsletter does the hard work for you – and gives you a resource you can use in other subjects as well.
You’ll receive 20 compelling news stories every month linked to knowledge questions, and with suggestions provided for discussions and further exploration. It is the essential Diploma resource!
YKB Education is a new concept in teacher recruitment for international schools. We believe that helping teachers find their ideal role, and supporting schools to improve the experience they offer children, should not be a profit-driven process. So schools can advertise vacancies for free on our site, and teachers can sign up and apply for free to these openings. Find out more on our site.
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How to use TOK to get into university
University and college application requirements are now more demanding than ever. But as a TOK student, the skills and knowledge that you have built up during the course are a huge asset in selling yourself.
We provide a few thoughts on how you can make the most your TOK training as you apply to universities, including ways to impress college admissions officers with your critical thinking, familiarity with autonomous learning, and awareness that your perspective is just one of many out there in the world.
Sell your DP teaching resources with us
We believe that the best teaching and learning resources are the ones designed by teachers and learners. So If your lesson plans could be turned into a proper teaching resource, we’d like to help you market them to an annual audience of up to 400,000 international educators and students.
Find out more here, and start benefitting from all the hard work you’ve put into creating great classes.
Guest posts and ideas exchange
The Day is a brilliant website that is used by hundreds of schools throughout the world to bring current affairs into the classroom. They asked us to write them a guest post on how TOK equips students with such vital skills in today’s world of information overload. Read our thoughts here.
Alongside Richard van de Lagemaat and other noted TOK writers and specialists, we provided Larry Ferlazzo with some of our thoughts on the new TOK curriculum. Do you agree the changes are positive ones?
The paradigm-busting science guru Andy Fletcher has written an exclusive guest page for us, on the way in which your perception of reality is far from matching up to the actual reality. Find out how illusions form the basis of how we view the universe, and the way to fit every human being on earth into a sugar cube.