Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy & 21st Century Learning

This week I feel like I’m playing catch-up with the COETAIL coursework.  Last weekend I didn’t get anything done for the course.  Instead I went to the 21st Century Learning Conference in Hong Kong and came away with lots of ideas about how we can better use technology at my school.  Although most of our classrooms are equipped with IWBs and a single computer for the teacher’s use, I would say the majority of us (myself included) use this setup more as a multimedia projector rather than an actual interactive learning experience.  We do this mostly because we haven’t a clue about how to integrate technology into our lessons.  We still work under the model that ICT is a separate subject and reserve blocks of time for when whole classes are scheduled to be in the computer labs.  One of the biggest take-aways I have from the conference is the need to embed technology into our curriculum and lesson planning.

But how to open a dialog with my fellow teachers about this need?  Fortunately, whenever my school sends us to PD they expect us to follow up with a presentation or workshop.  So this past week, as I was brainstorming ideas for this, here comes Andrew Church’s article on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.  Aha, I think, here is something useful for my presentation – and not only for my presentation, but something I can actually use in my classroom.

Reading how Church lines up the various Web 2.0 technologies to the ordered thinking skills was a real eye-opener.  For me, Bloom’s was something talked about maybe once a year at a staff meeting.  And while a lot of the activities I give my ESL students can probably be tied back to Bloom’s hierarchy, I never consciously think “oh, this activity or task is lining up to that ordered thinking skill.”  But now, being able to see instantly in a graph how technology and Bloom’s can go together has got me rethinking my approach to lesson planning.

Or rather it’s not being able to see the graph in Church’s article that has me rethinking – the graph was too small for me to read clearly!  – which led me to a Google search looking for a better image, which led me to discover

  • an even better graphic (one with hyperlinks to actual tools and websites to use)


  • A YouTube video from grad students at Indiana University that gives a brief overview of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy & Constructiveness
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All-in-all, I suppose, not a bad way to spend the week NOT working on my COETAIL coursework!


2 thoughts on “Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy & 21st Century Learning

  1. I completely understand and sympathize with you regarding IWBs. It takes lots of time (usually precious planning time, right?) to understand how to get the most out of them. We use Promethean and once you get the hang of it it’s actually quite simple to use. It can be really effective at making notes and having students put work up to share. I find it great for organising what I’m doing in class as well. I think the trick is to just go for it (we’re expected to be risk takers these days!) and have it working for you and the kids rather than just using it for the sake of it. Good luck!

  2. I agree with you about the tradition of treating ICT as a separate subject when we need to look at how we can (have to) incorporate it into our students’ learning. That is one of the reasons I am taking the COETAIL course. I’ve been doing things here and there over the years but I want to be strategic about using technology in my classroom. I think Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy really helps illustrate how using technology for learning really involves a lot of higher order thinking skills. I recently attended a weekend workshop facilitated by Andrew Churches (link to and we had some good discussions over Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and about how even some basic uses of technology require higher order thinking skills. Just for students to put together a presentation about their learning involves decision making and problem solving skills that easily fall in the analyzing, evaluating and creating categories. I think Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy would be a great place to start conversations with other teachers about incorporating technology in the classroom.

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