MCM leads Professional Development with EdTech in the IB Diploma
Samuel Tapp, who is Head of Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and teacher of English at Marlborough College Malaysia, has been asked to author the TOK digital textbooks for the educational publisher Kognity, which supplies educational resources in over 70 countries. Kognity, a Swedish company, is pioneering the first generation of interactive digital textbooks in schools, and employs a team of experienced authors, examiners, and teachers with years of experience as experts in their subjects. Pertinently, Kognity was set up by a former IB student as part of their CAS project who saw the potential for growth in the EdTech market.
TOK itself forms a core component of the IB and is taken by every IB student as part of their Diploma. Lessons are taught on a variety of philosophical topics and students are encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge in each of their chosen disciplines. It aims to provide students with the creative and analytical skills to study their subjects in greater complexity. For example, if one is doing an art project, a TOK student would consider “What is the scope and purpose of art?”, “How is art valued?”, “Is artistic value based primarily on the artist or the content of the artwork?”. TOK encourages pupils to question the knowledge claims they are taught in order to broaden their academic horizons.
Along with teaching English and TOK at Marlborough College Malaysia, Samuel also lectures at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia for the non-clinical part of the degree course on Medical Literature (Humanities in Medical Education). He has a passion for interdisciplinary research and enjoys the task of empowering students to make connections across the range of subjects on the IB Diploma. His involvement with the current TOK curriculum review for the new course starting in 2020 also ensures that Marlborough, renowned for its innovation, remains at the cutting edge of educational developments on the IB Diploma.
It is truly exciting that we have such a passionate and well-regarded practitioner of TOK, who can pass down his wealth of experiences to pupils at the College. We wish Samuel every success with his publication.