Bloom’s Taxonomy and Web 2.0

Most teachers are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, but many don’t realize the Taxonomy also applies when working online. In fact, the Internet and technology in general offers multiple resources to help teachers bring the higher orders of thinking into the classroom. The Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy makes it even easier for teachers to bring these skills into the classroom by updating the traditional Bloom’s with verbs and activities related to learning online.

Remembering and Understanding
You’re probably already aware of the wealth of Internet resources available to help students remember information.  From simple slideshows and videos to creative posters and songs, no matter what type of learner a student is, there’s something out there to help him learn and remember basic facts.  The same applies to understanding, particularly when it comes to basic games where students must list information or label pictures.  Even determining what to type into a search bar to find information about a topic hits the understanding level of thinking.

At the application level, students apply math skills to complete problems through interactive applications and games.  They make PowerPoint presentations, web pages, digital posters and short videos to present a topic. They draw pictures and participate in online simulations, all of which require them to apply what they have learned to online scenarios.

Analyzing and Evaluating
Bloom's TaxonomyAnalyzing and evaluating take place nearly every time a student conducts an Internet search because students must analyze and evaluate websites to gain information on their own and determine whether the information is credible. Visual thinking/mind mapping applications take these thinking skills to another level as students must organize information, make connections between pieces of information and delve deeper.  As students blog, collaborate and comment, they develop their analytical and evaluation skills.

Most teachers have students create online and don’t even realize they’re hitting the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy, but as students develop web pages, create and update their blogs, direct and record videos, produce podcasts and use the wealth of writing and drawing tools available online, they are creating.  Of course, if a student is just summarizing basic information using these mediums, it does not fall at the creation level, but as students go beyond the basics and start expressing themselves and manipulating information online, they also develop their higher order thinking skills.