As a way to explore how music relates to the Ways of Knowing Memory and Emotion, I created a “Soundtrack of My Life” presentation using songs with relevant lyrics and a similar mood in correlation with how I was feeling during significant times in my life.
In order to investigate the differences between the languages from different cultures, I created a stop motion video based on the gestures most commonly used by the people of that country. The depiction of language varies greatly on the culture, and it’s interesting to see how these differences.
Big thanks to my mom who graciously accepted the daunting task of being in this video.
For my color project, I decided to conduct a survey on middle and highschoolers at my school to see which colors people of different ages and genders deem as “attractive” on the opposite gender.
1. What is the overall theme – color or synesthesia? (If synesthesia, what senses are you addressing?)
The overall theme is color. I will be addressing how one’s physical attraction is enhanced or dulled by the color they are wearing.
2. What Ways of Knowing are you addressing besides Sense Perception? (Reasoning? Emotion? Language?)
Emotion and Reasoning
3. To what Areas of Knowledge does your project relate? (Arts, Psychology/Human Sciences, Maths, Natural Sciences, Ethics, History?)
Psychology / Natural sciences
4. What is it exactly, you plan to do and/or investigate?
I plan on having people take a survey that investigates how they feel about certain colors on the opposite gender. There would be a series of photos of the same woman or man wearing different color shirts, and the participants will be asked to rank on a scale of 1-10 how “attractive” they are. The last question will ask what color they feel is the most attractive for the same as well as opposite gender and why so I can see how the connotations of color affect their reasons for attraction.
5. What is your driving question? (should be open-ended, perhaps starting with “How do we know” or “To what extent”)
To what extent is the physical attraction of a person affected by the color of clothing worn?
6. How is your project inherently about knowledge/knowing?
My project will demonstrate how we know what is “attractive” according to the meaning we associate with colors.
7. What materials will you need?
Participants, a series of pictures of the same woman or man wearing different colored shirts, pencil, and rating survey.
8. Who could assist you / mentor you on this project?
9. How will you present the project to the class?
I will make an infographic displaying my results.
10. Projects are due the Cycle of March 1 – how do you plan to manage the time for this task?
I will utilize the 30 minute lunch time for the next week to hopefully gather at least 10 participants (they may or may not be bribed *ahem* convinced to do the experiment with ice cream sandwiches).
For a TOK project, we were given 30 minutes to roam around the campus and choose a theme that relates to the 5 senses that we tend to take granted or not notice. We chose to look at “ordinary” things through a different perspective and found that the most common, were the most beautiful.
Experts, no matter how knowledgeable they may seem, should not be exempt from the “unreliable source” pile solely because of their title. I did a PSA poster as an example to show that not all experts know what they’re talking about. In a world like today, anyone with a better understanding of certain topic than most can be deemed as a professional. Regardless of where the information comes from, we need to still think critically about its validity.
The reason why I chose this sort of “environmental” theme incorporated with pandas was so my point could appeal to those that are environmentally friendly and/or love panda bears since most people that fit into either category are usually very passionate about the topics. By doing so, I used the “tugging at heart strings” technique to evoke feelings of guilt and pity for the pandas that are dying as a result of the people’s ignorance towards the cause that is killing them.
For my TOK “I Believe” project, I made a stop motion film to a song that I wrote and recorded. This was the first time I had ever done a stop motion video, so I wasn’t aware of how long it would take to make one. It definitely took a lot longer than I thought it would. I also ran into quite a few problems as I was making the video, so it consumed at least 3-4 full days. One of the first problems I ran into was recording the song. I actually had a sore throat on the week that I had this project assigned, but I already had everything planned out, so I didn’t want to abandon the idea of making a “stop motion music video.” As soon as I was halfway cured of my croaky frog voice, I recorded the guitar and my voice as best as I could so I could proceed with the actual stop motion video part. For the video, it took me several hours just to draw out, color, and cut each one of the little pictures (which was very tedious). I taped a piece of white paper down on the table so I knew where to always place my little pictures. I had a tripod directly over the paper and a lamp nearby to control the lighting. I had several issues with my camera because there would be times when it would randomly die and I would have to wait at least half an hour until I could resume taking pictures. When I got to the editing part, I ended up having to rearrange the audio in the song so the lyrics would allow the pictures to flow coherently into each other much better.
Overall, the actual process I went through to making this video was a bit difficult, but I’m somewhat proud of the outcome. I just wasn’t prepared for the amount of time and effort a stop motion video was going to consume. In the future if I do decide to do another stop motion, I’ll definitely try to make it much simpler as opposed to this one.
This was a stop motion project I made with my partner Adam for the quote “If you’re kind and work really hard, amazing things will happen.”
I felt that this was the best way to demonstrate the quote because It shows how doing a kind act for someone from the bottom of your heart can go a long way in the end. We used cutouts of drawings that I drew and moved them along several scenes on different pieces of paper. One of the problems we encountered was finding a suitable app for the stop motion process. Instead, we ended up abandoning the idea of using an app and used an iPad to take pictures.