Curate something (summer)

Being a senior, everyone is freaking out about college applications and picking the right college that fits you best. For me, choosing a school with the right environment, a good engineering school and a population of amazing people shall help me to choose the best college that shall fit me the best. Right now, i am going to apply for cu boulder, university of Colorado and lane.

2 factors that i believe will help you find your best school would be knowledge and environment. Knowing about the college will help you find the correct college that fits you best. The environment is a huge factor because if you do not like where you are then you will most likely not like the college. For example my brother went to Portland Oregon and hated it after the first 2 weeks because of constant overcast and rain. Another very important aspect you should keep in mind when applying for is being persuaded by claims from other. One example of this would be when your friends or parents try and tell you what college you should go for instead of finding the right fit on your own. The person that will know the best fit for you is you and only you.


Language planning doc


TOK Presentation Planning Document


Group members: Evan and Stig

Estimated Timing of Pres



Topic (why is it significant?): How/to what extent music has become its own language, beyond the literal language of music notation.



1.     What is the real life situation under consideration?

Music being used as a form of communication between people.

2.     What is the TOK knowledge issue(s) (questions) that will be the focus of your presentation?

To what extent is music a language?

How does music affect our emotions and different for other cultures?

3.     Write a summary in note form (like a bulleted list) of the way you plan to deal with the knowledge issue(s)/questions during your presentation. Provide approximate TIME and be specific about TOOLS, EXAMPLES and WHO is doing what. Think about the criteria:

a.     How will you identify the knowledge issue(s)?

  • We will focus on one of the real life situations. By doing this we can see what the impact of word aversion is on marketing. When we have this figured out, identifying the knowledge issue will be easy.

b.     How will you show your personal perspective?

  • Contribute our own thoughts about certain words that sound unpleasant or pleasant to us

  • Give examples of how we sometimes use music to express our thoughts or emotions to others, either in the music we listen to or in music we have made


c.     How will you make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge?

  • Link to sense perception

    • What do the words sound like?

    • How does the word’s structure affect its impression (length, letters, sight of it printed)

    • Which tones elicit which emotions/reactions from people

d.     How will you examine the knowledge claims and possible counterclaims (i.e different perspectives)? Tip: ask yourself, what would someone who disagrees with the claim say, and what reasons would he give? What about someone from a different culture, age group, religion, class, educational background?

  • What we could do is actually find people with opposing opinions. By doing this we get a broader perspective on how people interpret words. By having this information we can also see what other things may affect there opinions. Things like culture, ethinicity, ect play a major role on how we interpret language. If we don’t have people available we can simply look at how certain people use language and we can then make assumptions. Though assumptions are never really a strong source.

  • We will have to examine how different cultures may affect the way the people from those cultures interpret  music. We could also examine how different cultures  can attribute to the music that the people that come from them idolize and use to express themselves most.

e.     How will you examine the implications of knowledge?

  • We can examine the implications of the knowledge of word aversion through many means. One way is we can have a product name two different things, one named more attractive, while the other not so much. We can then see which people would be more inclined in buying. By doing this we can prove our point of word aversion and how we prefer certain words to describe things over others. Though people are different and may interpret some words differently.


f.      If there is bias, how will you examine that? What about assumptions and presuppositions?

  • Word meanings

  • Personal experience with words

  • We’ll examine non-offensive and offensive words

  • People from different cultures could perceive music differently, i.e. people from different backgrounds could react differently and/or see a different meaning in a song.


Type of Presentation: (list all that will apply)

  • Prezi

  • video footage

  • possible live performance by theawesomeguy and the 1111111’s


Items you will need (e.d handouts, costumes, script, projector):

  • handouts

  • computer

  • projector

  • people

  • possibly costumes