Week Five

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Thinking about Bloom’s higher order skills in our online assessments had me re-thinking my F2F class assignments this week. I bookmarked several sites in Diigo on technology tools that promote higher level skills and attempted to write Bloom’s taxonomy table for the English course I teach at the local community college. In my assessments I spend a lot of time focusing on the writing process, but I still have some changes to make. I want to explore what tools might allow students to articulate some of the core questions and problems/solutions they explore in their research. They could create a digital artifact to be included in an e-portfolio, along with an introduction/reflection, the final draft of the essay, links to sources, annotated bibliography, mind maps, and possibly a link to class and individual blogs. What will creating this artifact add to the process of writing a research essay? Will it help the student better articulate their argument? Will it engage the student more in the research inquiry process?   Will it improve their writing? This last question seems the most important when considering whether to implement this assignment.  I suspect that while it may not require much writing, it will show whether students fully grasp the research issue, especially from the multiple perspectives required for a deeper understanding. They will also need to think rhetorically on how to present the information, an important skill in crafting an essay.  So that end, it will be a valid assignment.

Contemplating Bloom in an online class leaves me a lot to think about as we  move into Week 6. There are endless possibilities online and not all of them work! Noam Chomsky  gave me pause for thought this week in a Learning Without Frontiers video in which he meditates on the purpose of education and the role of technology. Chomsky posits that we have experienced bigger  changes in technology throughout history (he gives the example of the first cable). More importantly,  if the purpose of education is to nourish creative inquiry, technology simply provides a way to be creative, critical and curious about the important issues.  I think this is important as I search for new tools and ways to assess in my classroom.  There are so many questions: does it promote and /or enhance authenticity? Does it engage and challenge? Is it rigorous and valid? These questions will be keeping me busy as I begin to craft my final project and complete these reflections on my blog.


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1 Response to Week Five

  1. Michelle says:

    Liz, I love that you are rethinking how you can apply higher order thinking skills in your current face to face class. I am right there with you on that. I think after taking this courses I have made great improvements right in my own classroom. My students love the technology component of education and are so proud and motivated by what they create. In regard to your questions above I find that trial and error work with many tools. I always look for feedback from the kids. In the building of your final project pick something and go with it. When you really try it out someday you will either see the value or not. You can and will always change your lessons and even your tools as you find better items. Michelle

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