Does Bloom’s Taxonomy still have a role to play in e-learning? Mayes and de Freitas (2004) state that the use of technology can be used to achieve better learning outcomes, more effective assessments or a more cost effective way of bringing learning environments to students; and that reforming practice requires transformation of the understanding of the principles. So what are the pedagogical principles behind “e” learning? The definitions of e-learning are numerous and varied but one excepted definition is "learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology", (JISC, 2003). In their report (2004) Mayes and de Freitas go on to surmise that in this framework (ie e-learning) there are no models for e-learning per se, only e-enhancements of models of learning in general. Blooms Taxonomy (1956) was developed to classify the complexity of questions asked in assessments, ultimately becoming a system for classifying learning outcomes. References Birmingham, U., 2002. Church, A., 2010. Rollins, M., 2010.
iDoceo, una app para que los profesores preparen la 'vuelta al cole' Septiembre es la época de la vuelta a las clases, así que ya hemos publicado algunas listas con las mejores aplicaciones para maestros y para estudiantes, pero hay muchas más. iDoceo es una de ellas, aunque está destinada específicamente a los maestros. La idea es proporcionarles una forma de organizar toda la información relativa a sus clases y sus alumnos en un mismo sitio. De este modo, iDoceo permite crear, por ejemplo, tablas con horarios para incluir todas las clases. En cada una de ellas se pueden incluir anotaciones y esta información se puede integrar con iCal. Además, al crear columnas es sencillo copiar elementos anteriores, por lo que es muy fácil organizar la distribución semanal. Así pues, lo primero es crear una clase nueva, para lo cual únicamente hay que introducir el nombre y el curso de la misma. Pero las ventajas de iDoceo van más allá y donde realmente brilla es en el desarrollo de las clases en sí.
22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom's Taxonomy Last year we created a “twitter spectrum,” an image that clarified different ways that twitter could be used in the classroom in (hopefully) authentic ways. TeachBytes has followed that up with an excellent graphic of their own that uses a pure Bloom’s Taxonomy approach. The specific ideas range from “remix trending tweets with video and music” to creating concept maps showing the relationship between tweets. We must admit to going back and forth over the exact fit of a social media platform like twitter in a formal (or informal) learning environment. Clearly it’s a great way to skim and monitor information streams, but just like we wouldn’t use sing Shakespearean sonnets to toddlers at birthday parties, using twitter as an in-depth critical thinking tool requires a bit of squinting, even as an Avante-garde 21st century learning tool. Unless you’re using it as a cultural survey of sorts. As with all things, sweet spot matters.
Great Web Tools for Bloom's Digital Taxonomy After posting yesterday's graphics on Blooms Taxonomy I got emailed this wonderful presentation on the same topic. I was really surprised I did not see it before especially knowing that it is a popular presentation with over 60.000 pageviews. This Prezi is created by Phillipa Cleaves ( project manager- Technology for Learning and Digital Education Revolution, NSW department of education and communities ) and features the six thinking skills of Bloom's Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating . Under each skill is a set of web tools that go with it, clicking on any title will direct you to the homepage of that tool. I have gone through Phillipa's slides and I must say that it is really a great work that I am adding to my Bloom's Taxonomy for Teachers section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding by Terry Heick How can you tell if a student really understands something? They learn early on to fake understanding exceptionally well, and even the best assessment leaves something on the table. The idea of understanding is, of course, at the heart of all learning, and solving it as a puzzle is one of the three pillars of formal learning environments and education. 1. 2. 3. But how do we know if they know it? Understanding As “It” On the surface, there is trouble with the word “it.” “It” is essentially what is to be learned, and it can be scary thing to both teachers and students. And in terms of content, “it” could be almost anything: a fact, a discovery, a habit, skill, or general concept, from a mathematical theory to a scientific process, the importance of a historical figure to an author’s purpose in a text. So if a student gets it, beyond pure academic performance what might they be able to do? How It Works Early Understanding
A Primer In Effective Questioning Strategies For Classroom & eLearning - by Rosa Fattahi, WizIQ The Importance of Questioning in the Learning Process Since the ancient days of philosopher Socrates, asking questions has been a critical part of the teaching and learning process. The well-known question-and-answer technique that Socrates employed with his pupils demonstrated how well dialogue and discourse work to stimulate students, encourage more complex thinking, and help them learn. For educators, verbal questioning also helps foster a sense of community in the classroom and keeps students engaged in the instructional process. Thus, in order to maintain active classroom dialogue and encourage student involvement, it is important for teachers to understand and employ effective questioning techniques. Questions are invaluable teaching tools that serve many functions in the teaching and learning processes. Verbal questioning is one of the most common pedagogical tools, second only to perhaps lecturing. Effective Questioning Addresses a Range of Cognitive Skills
Las mejores y esenciales aplicaciones para estudiantes Durante mayo de este año, presentamos algunas prácticas aplicaciones para estudiantes que trabajan. Ahora, con la vuelta al cole, repasaremos la lista una vez más, pero esta vez, abarcando más aplicaciones para la población general de estudiantes. Estas aplicaciones para estudiantes están separadas de acuerdo a temáticas, por ejemplo, productividad, finanzas, clases, y más, con recomendaciones para diferentes sistemas operativos. Como siempre, están más que bienvenidos a dejar sus sugerencias en los comentarios. Productividad El primer tema que trataremos dentro de nuestra lista de aplicaciones para estudiantes en esta vuelta a la escuela es la productividad. Wunderlist está disponible de manera multiplataforma, por lo que si tenemos un teléfono con Android o con iOS, o una Mac o una PC con Windows, no importará: podemos mantener todas nuestras tareas sincronizadas. Presupuesto Los estudiantes, y especialmente los que no trabajan, tienen que tener un control aceitado sobre sus finanzas.
A Juicy Collection of Bloom's Digital Taxonomies! Today, educators are overwhelmed (literally drowning!) by thousands of web 2.0/social media/apps that they can use for learning and teaching. But, where/how to start? The LMS can certainly not solve all our learning and teaching needs and requirements. One way to find the right tool (or app) for a learning context/activity/situation, is to look through the eyes of Bloom's taxonomy. But, please keep in mind that many tools/apps can easily be used for all the levels of Bloom's taxonomy with an open and creative mindset. Here is a collection of Bloom's digital taxonomies that I have discovered until now: Updated version (2014): Old Version: * Click on the image to view the full size, or the 'Source' under each version to discover more about them (origin). (The following three diagrams below are not Bloom's Digital Taxonomy stuff, but included anyway!) Source Source Source Source (Download the PDF version)
Three Steps to Layering the Curriculum « How the Brain Learns: The Blog Layering the curriculum is a simple way to differentiate instruction, encourage higher-level thinking, prepare students for adult-world decision making and hold them accountable for learning. Any lesson plan can be converted into a layered unit with three easy steps (Nunley, 2004, 2006). Step One: Add some choice. Choice transforms a classroom instantly. Take your teaching objectives and offer two or three assignment choices as to how students can learn those objectives. Step Two: Hold students accountable for learning. A key to layering the curriculum is to award grade points for the actual learning of the objective rather than the assignment that was chosen for the learning.For example, if our objective is that students learn how to determine the area of a triangle, then points are awarded for the assignment based on whether or not the student can do that. Step Three: Encourage higher-level thinking. All students are expected to complete the three layers. References: Like this:
The 10-Minute Guide To Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom’s Taxonomy is one of the most cited theoretical constructions within education and e-learning. This is well earned since, after its first publication in 1956, the taxonomy has quickly become an important milestone within educational theory. However there are many professionals within the educational and e-learning fields that have only a vague idea of what the Taxonomy is all about, or that have only met the taxonomy (or some revisited version of these findings) for the Cognitive domain only, leaving the Affective and Psychomotor domains at the margins, if not completely out of the picture. The aim of this video is to provide a 10-minute overview of the Taxonomy for all the 3 domains: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor. There is much more to explore about Bloom’s taxonomy, this video should be seen as the starting point for a journey into finding a way to organize learning objectives in a meaningful and useful way, by using the brilliant work of Bloom and his colleagues.
A Handful of Free iPad Apps for Creating Videos Even if they haven’t used it, most iPad owners are familiar with iMovie. Many schools buy it for all of the iPads that they distribute to students and teachers. If your school hasn’t bought it for you or you just want to try some other video creation options without spending any money, take a look at this small collection of free video creation apps for your iPad. Loopster is a free iPad app that is probably the closest you will come to iMovie without spending any money. Loopster is the app that I would have my students use for documentary style videos and other projects that are going to go more than 60-90 seconds in length. The Loopster iPad app provides a four track editor. 30hands is a free iPad app that makes it very easy to create a narrated slideshow. The Knowmia Teach iPad app is an excellent app for creating your own whiteboard videos. Pixntell is an iPad app for quickly creating simple narrated photostories. Video Star is a fun and free music video creation app.
4 Visual Guides To Bloom's Taxonomy Apps Yesterday, we looked at an overview of the old and revised versions of Bloom’s taxonomy. We talked a little bit about categorizing current classroom activities to see which of Bloom’s objectives you’re addressing (whether intentionally or unintentionally). Today, we’re looking at some apps and web tools that address the Bloom’s taxonomy objectives – helping bring Mr. Bloom into the 21st century. There are a ton of great lists out there that showcase many (many, many) apps and digital tools that address the objectives. Rather than reinventing the wheel here, we’ll start by looking at a few lists compiled by different folks along the way. Next, we have a graphic formatted in the same way as the revised taxonomy. Next up, a visually pleasing peacock. Kathy Schrock always puts together great lists of tools that address Bloom’s – here is just one of them.