Comparing Bloom's Taxonomy (Old Version) to Digital Bloom's Taxonomy

Looking back on my lessons, I emphasize the concept of digital citizenship with many of the students in several grades.  In the past I've shown a video, have them recall facts through discussion, and turn their information into Edmodo or a worksheet for me to grade.  Then I move onto the next lesson.  

After researching and reviewing the older version and Digital version of Bloom's Taxonomy, I've found my lesson could have greatly been enhanced and probably have been more valuable for the students.

When digital citizenship is introduced, I have a video for them to watch in order to stimulate prior knowledge and also emphasize concepts I want the students to know.  In the old version of Bloom's, knowledge, they could read an article and recall facts.  In the new version, remember, students can verbally recognize a certain number of concepts or facts they knew already but maybe learned a little more from the video.  I would then have them create a Padlet to show their version of the definition to emphasize, understanding; where in the old version they would share their findings with a small group.

Furthermore, I have students create a blog post of qualities of digital citizenship where students from other schools can also comment on their posts to continue the conversation and make it a more authentic experience.  This is an example of applying in the new version.  With the old version, the students would continue to work in small groups to use a compare/contrast chart of examples to justify the synthesis level.  

Finally, in the new version, the students would create a powtoon or animated presentation of digital citizenship.  In the old version, the students would evaluate and decide which examples are best for students in junior high. 

Incorporating lower levels and higher levels of Bloom's definitely helps students understand the concept and apply what they've learned better than just recalling facts and moving onto the next lesson.  Having creative projects not only enhances the lesson, but brings out the higher level thinking and incorporates collaboration and cooperation among the students.  We, as teachers, need to prepare our students for the future, and combining lower and higher levels of thinking help prepare them well.

The concept of digital citizenship can be expanded on many ways.  In 7th grade, the students take small topics to define and understand in their own words to share on a wiki, and then create a presentation with the findings of their group to share with younger students in our school.  This is a 3-4 month long project and can't be justified in a lesson.  But taking the concept of digital citizenship and understanding the parts that make it important are key factors in helping students become digital literate people of society and the world.

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