AK3 Spin

Welcome to AK3 Spin

AK3 (Spin) invites students to look at how our understanding of the world is shaped by the form in which knowledge is communicated. 

We ask questions such as: Does our language define our knowledge? How – and why – are maps of the world misleading? What are the implications of mistaking correlation for causation? Why does scientific knowledge get misrepresented in the media?

Fully-updated resources for a ChatGPT world

Aspects of Knowledge provides students with a set of skills, a mindset, and a conceptual framework designed to be applied to today’s world. But given how quickly society changes, ensuring resources remain relevant is a big challenge, and not one that can be met by static resources such as textbooks.

We have updated and edited all our resources for the 2023-24 academic year, to ensure they are driven by the very latest real-world events. And responding to the rise of AI-tools, lessons now feature extensive activities focused on ChatGPT, helping students use it ethically and effectively.

Using this course as a pathway towards an extended project

Our resources are designed not only to improve the authentic thinking skills of your students, and introduce them to the ideas of the most influential minds from the past and present, they are also designed to help you provide your students with a launchpad for their extended projects.

In the context of this unit, students could use the lessons to create an extended project on the relationship between the Internet and disinformation, whether our language determines our knowledge of the world, and how scientific ideas get mistranslated by the media – and what the implications are of this.

Download a sample AK3 lesson presentation

Click on the image to download a sample lesson. The other 7 classroom-ready lessons for AK1 are available with a Thinking Hub membership. You’ll also gain access to our other resources, including the monthly newsletter, the ACT mini-lessons, Investigating Issues, and Knowledge Heroes.

Authentic critical thinking menu

Whether you’re looking to teach a generously-timetabled dedicated critical thinking course, support meta-cognition activities during ordinary lessons, or set up short discussions during tutorial time, our resources can fit in to any schedule and learning programme.

Consult the ACT menu to find options for deploying our resources and use them to create a meaningful final assessment product, and see sample schemes of work illustrating the different kinds of critical thinking courses that can be crafted.

Attend an ACT online video courses

Learn more about our resources train students to become authentic critical thinkers, introduce them to indispensable ideas and thinkers, and help them create an empowering final assessment product that showcases their skills and abilities.

The online courses are engaging, clear, and practical, and can be followed at your own pace. So whether you’re an experienced educator, or a brand-new teacher, you’ll gain meaningful takeaways that you can apply in the classroom. Coming soon!