Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mobile Learning and Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy has become a foundation in education for planning, instruction, and learning. In 1956, Benjamin Bloom introduced his continuum of cognitive objectives most appropriately called Bloom's Taxonomy. This taxonomy ranks thinking skills from lower order to higher order. You have to remember or understand a concept before you can analyze or evaluate.







In 2001, Lorin Andersen introduced Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. This revision reorder the top two thinking skills and renamed them placing the focus of each level on verbs or actions rather than nouns - knowledge became remembering, comprehension became understanding, and so on.





Then in 2007, Andrew Churches took this all a step further and developed Bloom's Digital Taxonomy which connected the objectives to 21st century digital learning and Web 2.0 technologies.





Now it is 2011 and learning has becoming mobile. So its just natural that we now transition into identifying the Bloom's level for various iPod/iPhone/iPad apps. Several people have begun the movement.


Well known educational technologist, Kathy Schrock, created the Bloomin' iPad which connects various iPad applications with their Blooms levels:
http://kathyschrock.net/ipadblooms/ 


And there is the Blooms Apps website:
https://sites.google.com/site/bloomsapps/home
And Teach with Your iPad has another way of connecting apps with their Blooms levels:

Teach with Your iPad

These will be great tools for guiding our instruction utilizing the iPods/iPads throughout the year. Perhaps we can even come up with our own correlations!



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