I would be interested in knowing how other people have integrated this digital taxonomy into the classroom or coursework.  Do you know of a website that implements one of the higher levels that is geared toward K-12 education that you would like to share?

6/16/2008

Any time students are given a project or assignment in which they are encouraged to collaborate, research, synthesize and produce a final project you can be sure that they will be moving in, out and all around Bloom’s Taxonomy. I read Churches' article and I like the way he has assigned the various digital tasks to levels in Bloom’s.

VoiceThread (http://voicethread.com/#home) is a secure collaborative network for K-12 teachers and students and would be worth investigation.

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Shari DeGroff
6/16/2008

As an School Library Media Specialist and Technolgoy Instructor, I am responsible for choosing resources for integrating technology. Our specific concern at this time is providing a technology rich curriculum for the 7th and 8th grade students. I am currently reviewing the products available at this website:

http://www.learning.com/home/index.htm

I have only recently signed up for a 30 day trial but having viewed a sample or two, I am very impressed.

Jennifer, your blog is informative, interesting and inviting. I'll be checking back often and am looking forward to sharing ideas and resources.

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Shari
6/16/2008

This is the specific link for the tecnology curriculum:
http://www.learning.com/EasyTech/curriculum.htm

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6/16/2008

Jennifer,
An interesting point I'll make is that I'm not a HUGE fan of the digital Bloom's taxonomy. I think the top couple of levels are a little fuzzy, particularly with the verbs they use to describe the activities. I think there's a real tendency to think that just creating a blog or creating a presentation would constitute one of these higher levels, and that just isn't so. I believe Shari could probably tell you right now that synthesizing a new creation is very difficult. I'm not sure that is communicated well in the digital taxonomy.

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6/17/2008

Since I'm not an educator, I found the concept of Bloom's Taxonomy fascinating. One of the things I constantly struggle with is learning new stuff. At 56, being an old dog trying to teach himself new tricks is hard. I think I could use Bloom's ideas to systematically help my brain remember more. However, I think I can also apply the ideas to other areas. First, I can use the idea of LOTS to HOTS when writing essays. Second, I can use the same ideas when designing web navigation for complex sites. Look at this sample chapter on web design: http://savethepixel.org/save_the_pixel_ch1.pdf - then think about how to merge to two ideas.

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