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Bloom’s in the 21st Century

As educators we all know about Bloom’s taxonomy and how it can help us scaffold learning by building a base of knowledge while supporting and challenging our students to apply what they know in other situations. Bloom’s taxonomy, now over 50 years old, was updated in 2000 by Lorin Anderson and David Krathwohl. Krathwohl, who worked with Bloom on the original taxonomy, worked with Anderson and a group of experts to transform Bloom’s taxonomy into an active and modern reflection of what we know about cognitive psychology, learning, and metacognition. Dr. Leslie Owen Wilson gives a wonderful overview of the change and compares the revised taxonomy to Bloom’s original.

Based on the revised Bloom’s, Andrew Churches created Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. His wiki, educational origami, details all of his work, presentations and resources for integrating the digital taxonomy into the classroom. Below is a summary map of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. Click on the image to see a larger version.

You will notice that the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy references actions associated with digital tools, many of which you may not be familiar with. It also includes some actions which some educators may find unethical or inappropriate (like hacking), but you cannot take these term as they are, rather you need to read Churches’ descriptions of each activity. (He’s not advocating for students to hack the school computers!)

As schools focus more on 21st Century Skills and look at the tools that will help them achieve these goals, we need to look at what we have and how best to use our resources. For this, we can turn to Kathy Schrock, who created an interactive Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy using only Google Apps tools! Here it is…

As always, Kathy offers some great tools and ideas for using Google Apps to reach all levels of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. You can see some of them here.

I hope some ideas are sparked by Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. I look forward to sharing these wonderful tools with you!

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