We are the world’s most popular online resource for the theory of knowledge course. Find free course content, guidance on the TOK essay and presentation, and strategies for delivering the course. Our teaching and learning 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 that you can use to explore and explain TOK.


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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.

Download a free sample of our New TOK Sessions Pack here, containing lesson plans, PowerPoints, and student handouts for 5 different sessions, including the Arts, Sense Perception, and how to begin writing the essay. The pack contains more that 100 lesson plans, each one including features such as well-aligned assessment tasks, single objectives, silent starters, and media-rich information sources. For more information, visit this page.
Also new for October 2016: our first non-TOK resource for the IB Diploma – the Historical Investigation Pack. Download a free sample here, and ensure that you are teaching this in the way it is designed to be taught!

Our brilliant and unique monthly newsletter makes TOK relevant and compelling

The NEW TOK Sessions Pack provides engaging lesson plans for every aspect of the course

Find advice on how to choose your RLS and KQ, structure your presentation, and deliver your talk


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The latest TOK Essay Guide has now been released. The newest edition comes with a bunch of great extras!


Comments about our teaching and learning resources


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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 premium newsletter, and check out our posts on Facebook and Twitter.



Purchasers in 857 towns and cities around the world

From Kathmandu to Quito, Lusaka to Lima, Tallinn to Tucson, our teaching resources have been purchased by schools, educators, and students in 857 different towns and cities in 114 countries across the globe. To find out where we’re most popular, hover your mouse over the countries in blue.


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.


The eight ways of knowing are how we acquire knowledge about the world and ourselves


The eight areas of knowledge are the categories into which we place the information we acquire


Essential to your success in TOK is how well you can identify and develop knowledge questions


Our section on the TOK essay provides essential tips and strategies for success


The TOK presentation is all about applying TOK concepts to the real world


We provide an extensive TOK glossary for you to use on your two year journey through knowledge

Subscribe to the ultimate TOK resource

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 premium 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! Find out more.



CUP news

The second edition of CUP’s Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma is now available. Written by Richard de Lagemaat, the book is designed for learners of all abilities, and covers all aspects of the revised subject guide.
CUP also offer one of the largest ranges of resources for other subjects within the IB Diploma, including a new book on CAS. To find out more about how they can support your studies, visit their partner page on our site.



The Minerva full tuition TOK scholarship

Minerva offers the world’s most cutting-edge university education. Their students are encouraged to tackle complex challenges in a critical and collaborative way, and be aware of the importance of understanding context in order to fully understand and engage with issues.
In recognition of the fact that this resonates so strongly with the pedagogy of TOK, and our approach to it, we’re excited and honoured that Minerva has dedicated one full tuition need-based scholarship to a theoryofknowledge.net user. Find out more here.



theoryofknowledge.net school events

theoryofknowledge.net’s creator Michael Dunn offers a range of TOK seminars and workshops for IB students and teachers. These events are designed to bring TOK alive, and help students to see the bigger picture about its role both within the classroom, and beyond it.
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.



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Find out about Michael’s TOK credentials, and his ideas on creating a perfect TOK department


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Why TOK is the best preparation for today’s information-overloaded world


Our partners




Minerva offers an reinvented four-year undergraduate education designed to prepare students for success in today’s rapidly changing world. With four years of immersive global study, during which students live in up to 7 different world cities, Minerva is the first university experience built for the 21st century. Read this guest post by a Minerva student on how she has drawn on TOK during her undergraduate studies.


The Day

The Day is a brilliant website for schools that believe that current affairs should be an integral element of education. We’re working with them on a variety of projects, and have just written a guest blog explaining how TOK provides key skills for students in this world of information overload.


Teacher Horizons

Teacherhorizons is a free website where teachers can explore opportunities overseas and connect with schools around the world. If you would like to develop your skills and experience overseas and join a rapidly growing community of 25,000 teachers, check out their site, or watch their video.


The Pigeonhole: Wisdom Hackers

The ​The Pigeonhole is a new way of reading and acquiring knowledge. Check out their Wisdom Hackers​ essays: these offer interpretations and reflections on ancient ideas, and how to apply them to modern life. As one of our website users, you’ll receive 10 free staves when you sign up by using the code ‘TOK’.


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.



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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


Why is TOK so special?

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.

The new TOK curriculum

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?

On reality and sugar cubes

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.

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