Thursday, November 11, 2010
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
Although I have learned about Bloom’s Taxonomy before in an education class, I have to admit that this conceptual framework was very helpful to me. I have learned about the original Bloom’s Taxonomy that included: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Honestly, after reading this material, I actually like Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy better. Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating) seems easier to comprehend. Both taxonomies technically aim for the same goal (understanding the lower order thinking skills before you can understand higher order thinking skills). This reading does a great job of explaining the key terms and giving many examples of the possible activities that can be used in describing the concepts. I feel that Bloom’s Taxonomy is a resource that we definitely need to follow as teachers. We cannot expect our students to analyze a story or apply a math concept if they don’t have the knowledge (or remembering) of the concept being learned. Bloom’s Taxonomy is the step-ladder that is to be followed. Students must remember, understand apply, analyze, and evaluate before they are able to create. If they cannot master the lower order thinking skills, then there is no way they are able to master the higher order thinking skills. As a teacher, it will be my job to make sure that my students understand the concept I am presenting before I expect them to do anything with that concept. Until this class, I never realized how many useful technologies can be used not only in a math class, but for any class. Even now, I can find some activity that incorporates technology for each area of Bloom's Taxonomy.