I just got tweeted a nice diagram showing iPad applications against different levels of Bloom’s revised taxonomy. Its a good and well considered diagram and I like it. Some applications there that I haven’t seen yet and I will have to look up.
The only thing I would say is that the applications are just the medium in which the student demonstrates the level. They facilitate the cognitive action. – This is NOT a criticism, rather a statement from me and one I know that Kathy Schrock has definitely taken into account.
I know a number of people who have questioned whether tools like animoto should be included because it can be so easy, but the reality is yes you can “throw” music and images at Animoto and get a good product. But the deliberate and considered student who designs, considers, structures and evaluate will make the excellent product. Puppet Pals, which is also in the creative slot, is another excellent tool which can be used (I have seen this one work really well with my own kids) to produce creative, well considered, planned and evaluated products.
Tools like Pages and Touch Draw can be used across the taxonomic levels depending on the task and purpose. Taking notes is understanding where as authoring a book is creative, both would use the same tool. Copying a diagram and making an infographic are at different ends of the spectrum, but still would utilize the graphic development capacity of touch draw.
Tomorrow is going to be fun – I have a Elluminate meeting to present and discuss Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy with Queensland teachers..
I have done Elluminate meetings before and its a very powerful tool for distance education. I like the fact that you can record the presenation and make it available for people who could not attend.
This is one of those tools I would like to see in schools. Consider the situation in Christchurch, where the students have been advised that the schools will not be reopening until Monday, 1 week after the earthquake. This is a decision by the Ministry of Education to ensure the schools are safe – you can’t argue with the logic. But for many of the senior students they are focused on the final stages of preparation for external examinations. Whether you like examination or not, they are a reality and we have to prepare our students for them.
Most students would have been prepared for the holidays and would have materials available for study and revision. But in the reality of the disaster they have time but not access to resources.
It would be brilliant to have a facility like this available so the students could connect to their teachers and continue in their preparation for examinations.
Tools like these change the face of education. Students using these tools are not limited to the knowledge and experience of a single tutor in a classroom, but suddenly have a world of teachers, facilitators and experts available to them. This does not discount the importance of the relationships that the teacher and student develop, nor the importance of seeing and talking to the teacher face to face, but it is a brilliant tool in the teaching and learning arsenal.
This is a GIS site that shows images, map etc immediately before and after the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and also layers in images from today. There are vignettes from people in Nagasaki at the time. A powerful and useful resource.
2. Touch typing – This is a number of sites that are focused on touch typing as a skill. Touch typing is a useful and increasingly essential skill for our students. Here are some of the sites:
4. Simple Diagrams – http://www.simplediagrams.com/free.html This is an adobe air application that draw simple but very useful diagrams. Its appeal is its clean and simple interface and fun chalk style clip art.
Animoto is a video creation technology that takes stills images, text and music and creates short length (30 seconds – free) of full length ( > 30 Seconds at a subscription) It is simple straight forward and easy to use.
This starter sheet looks at this adaptable and easy to use tool. The “In the Classroom” page looks at the use of the tool in a Humanities classroom, as the students use the application to highlight the plight of children in poverty.
I have been working on another rubric which I would like to share with you.
This is one for using skype (or a similar audio or audio/visual tools) to look at teleconferencing.
The rubric has 2 aspects
1. Applying – this is looking at the planning and communications aspects of the conference call
2. Evaluating – this is the reflection on the call or conference, the process, goals and objectives and improvements.
I have long been a subscriber to Techlearning the ezine on technology and learning. Many of the writers are people whom I respect and admire as they strive to integrate ICT, manage districts or change perceptions on a national and often global scale – Miguel, Sheryl etc.
Well, I have just had a 5 page article on Bloom’s Digital taxonomy published on the techlearning site.