Pathfinder: Diploma Program Research

Calling all Year 12s! You know your Diploma Program is moving into high gear when it’s time to start talking about Extended Essay and Core TOK research project!DPResearchPathfinder

These research are some of the most important assignments you will complete on your way to graduation. They can get overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. To support you on your journey, the library has created a Diploma Program Research pathfinder.  With this pathfinder and a solid plan, you’re on your way to conducting valuable research to share with the world.

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought”- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian BioChemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine


Social Media & The News: How Do We Know What Is True?

Anytime you venture out into the World Wide Web, it can be tough to determine what and who you can believe.  Is Kim Jong-Un the sexiest man alive? Was a photo of a tourist recovered from the rubble of the World Trade center after 9-11?

Watch this TED Talk by Markham Nolan on how to separate fact and fiction online.

Having looked at these examples and watched this talk, what advice would you give to someone who needs to know how to you separate fact from fiction, online or in “real life”?

A Snapshot of the Library in Action on a Friday

Today was an amazing Friday in the LIS Secondary Library.  Here are a few photos from throughout our day. If you would like to see more photos of the LIS library community in action, visit our LIS Secondary Library – 180 Project.

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Social Media & the News

This is the second in a series of blog posts for LIS’s Year 12 Core TOK class. Outside comments are welcomed and encouraged.

In the 21st century, social media has significantly impacted how journalism happens and how we learn about and understand breaking events.

In his TEDxThessaloniki talk, Crowdsourcing the News, Paul Lewis discussing how his job as a journalist has changed with the rise of social media.  In his talk, he mentions several popular social media networks which influence how and what gets reported in the mainstream, traditional news media.  These are listed below along with a few others.

Earlier, we posted about Traditional Mass Media vs. Alternative News Sources and asked about the similarities and differences in their reporting of news stories.  Today, the LIS library wants to know: How is social media impacting journalism and therefore the news we get?  

To answer this key question, consider

What IS social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the positive aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
What are the negative aspects of social media’s impact on journalism?
How can you use social media to stay informed?

Core TOK students, please use at least two different specific examples from Social Networks in your response.

Traditional Mass Media vs. Alternative New Sources

While this post is intended for the Year 12 Core TOK class, the information is relevant to anyone who wants to look for alternatives to news which comes from media organizations supported by major corporations.

Last class, we each chose a current event to follow and selected one story from a traditional news source (newspaper, television news show, radio news).  This class, you will

  • find out who owns that news source using Columbia Journalism Review’s Who Owns What resource.
  • find an alternative news source story on the same current event
  • compare and contrast the traditional and alternative news stories on your current event.  Think about tone, style, and content.

You may use one of the alternative news sources below or choose one of your own.

Guides to Alternative News Sources


Alternative News Sources (a Small Sampling)


Please post your comparison as a comment to this blog post. Include the links to both news stories in your response.

Do you have an alternative news source you like? Share it in the comments below!