Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating Teaching Strategies Chris Davis, Powerful Learning Practice LLC By Shelley Wright I think the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is wrong. I know this statement sounds heretical in the realms of education, but I think this is something we should rethink, especially since it is so widely taught to pre-service teachers. Conceived in 1956 by a group of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom, the taxonomy classifies skills from least to most complex. Many teachers in many classrooms spend the majority of their time in the basement of the taxonomy, never really addressing or developing the higher order thinking skills that kids need to develop. Rather than starting with knowledge, we start with creating, and eventually discern the knowledge that we need from it. The pyramid creates the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity — only those who can traverse the bottom levels and reach the summit can be creative. Here’s what I propose: we flip Bloom’s taxonomy. Creating at the Forefront Related
The 8 Components of A Digital Learning Environment November 1, 2014 Another great read but this time from BYOT Network. In this paper entitled " The Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem", Dr Tim Clark suggests 8 elements as being constitutive of a digital learning environment. And though I have some remarks on the use of the term ecosystem as being too complex a term for capturing the learning intricacies that take place in a learning environment I would rather disregard this comment and focus more on the 8 elements the article features . These elements are : 1- A sense of community 2- Essential questions 3- Captivating digital content 4- Assessment for learning 5- Multiple teaching tools 6- Designs for differentiation and accessibility 7- Supportive classroom environment 8- Engaging instructional strategies Here is my take on the first two elements and I invite you to check the original article to learn more about all the 8 components of a digital age learning ecosystem and share with us what you think of them.
for Education The Science of Storytelling Visually Explained November 1, 2014 I have recently come across this beautiful visual entitled " The Science of Storytelling" and was really taken aback by some of the stats it included. These stats come in the context of highlighting the importance of storytelling in marketing but for me I view them from an education vantage point. for instance, in comparison with words, the human brain has the ability to process images 60 times faster.This shows how much our brains crave the visual component. Also, a majority of 92% of consumers want brands to make ads that feel like a story. You probably have already noticed this trend on YouTube, so many brands now are marketing video ads in the form of stories narrated by a given character. This is what this section from the infographic below tries to explain. How Storytelling affects the brain Here is the full infographic. Source: onespot
The New Bloom’s It’s difficult to think about doing creative, authentic projects with students when the school is consumed with test prep fever and the state tests are just a week away. Testing has, indeed, had a tremendous impact on curriculum and instruction in our schools. While tests give us benchmark data on where students are with knowledge and skill development, they often fall short of helping students develop the higher level thinking skills that 21st century students need for a technological workplace. Creative projects, on the other hand, almost always engage students in analytical and evaluative thinking. Over 50 years ago, Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues developed a framework for determining the extent to which objectives and activities engaged students in higher-level thinking. Within the past few years, David Krathwhol, who was on the original Bloom project, met with others to update the taxonomy. Implementing Technology Projects that Develop Higher Level Thinking Angles 1. 2. References
Over 300 Free Comic Strip Printables to Enhance Students Writing and Thinking Skills October 19, 2014 Comic strips are good learning tools to use with students to get them engaged and to motivate them to write. They can also be used for storytelling where students get to narrate a story drawing on a multitude of ready-made characters, or in the case of ESL/EFL students, be used to teach English. There are, in fact, several other ways to use comic strips in class and this post features some interesting samples. Today I want to share with you this excellent resource from Make Beliefs Comix. "The printables encourage writing and thinking in a quick and fun way.
Creating a PLN Skip to content Building your PLN Know it or not, you already have some sort of Personal Learning Network or PLN! It could be your colleagues, family, students, friends – whoever! But with the power of the web and online collaboration – a PLN could really grow! This series guides you step by step through the process of building your PLN. You can work through the activities in any order and at any time. Here is our guide to growing your PLN in as little as a couple of weeks! Sign Up For Free Powered by WordPress | Hosted by Edublogs | Protected by CloudFlare AddThis Sharing Sidebar Share to Facebook , Number of shares76 Share to TwitterShare to LinkedIn , Number of shares Share to EmailMore AddThis Share options , Number of shares65 Hide Show AddThis FollowShare Toggle Dock Share Close AddThisPrivacy
Trove Makes It Easier To Create Online Personalized “Newspapers” I’m always on the look-out for tools that allow students — and teachers — to create online personalized “newspapers” to read and to share. In other words, sites that let you create topics that then provide daily attractive webpages to read, along with sending you daily email updates. I keep updating The Best Sites For Creating Personalized “Newspapers” Online because my favorite ones keep on going out of business. The previous owners of The Washington Post created what looked to be an excellent tool for this purpose earlier this year — called Trove. Unfortunately, for some bizarre reasons, when it began it let you read it on a laptop or a PC, but it didn’t allow you to create your personalized channels on them. Fortunately, though, they have now fixed that oversight, and you can create those channels (called “troves”) for any topic you want, using a PC or laptop. It’s now my favorite tool for this task.
20 Great Rubrics for Integrating Bloom's Digital Taxonomy in Your Teaching June 15, 2014 I have always been inspired by the great work of Andrew Church. This guy has been one of my authority sources for everything related to Bloom's digital taxonomy. Andrew provided a detailed account of how teachers can align the thinking levels of Bloom's original taxonomy with the different digital tools. I have already shared here several examples of web tools and mobile apps that can be used to promote Bloom's digital thinking skills; but today I am sharing with you some wonderful rubrics to help you integrate Bloom's digital taxonomy into your teaching. These rubrics are designed by Andrew Church and are available for free download from this page. Each of these rubrics is related to a tinkling stage of Bloom's taxonomy. Here is a quick round-up of all the Bloom's digital taxonomy rubrics created by Andrew: Remembering:
Excellent Rubric for Using Digital Portfolios in Class December 22, 2014 Planning to integrate digital portfolios in your instruction? This list of tools is a good place to start with. It contains some useful web applications that you and your students can use to easily create e-portfolios. Using e-portfolios with your students has several educational pluses that include:
newera.com By Nicolars Nyambe Tembwe The increasing need to improve education outcomes has led many countries in the world to embark upon various programmes to reform their education systems. In view of the challenges that teaching and learning face in the world of globalisation, there is a need for schools to become more proactive in the delivery of their services to learners by maximising the strategies that will ensure that effective learning takes place. Schools need to ensure that teachers have the necessary professional expertise which will impact positively on learner achievement. Different reform models have come and gone and at present there is a notion in the international literature that is referred to as “professional learning community.” The idea of improving schools, particularly teaching and learning by developing professional learning communities is currently being postulated by many scholars. What is a Professional Learning Community (PLC)?