Most teachers are probably familiar with the Bloom’s Taxonomy model which details the six levels of thinking from lower to higher level thinking (remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating).
Mike Fisher, an American instructional coach and consultant has come up with an interesting revision of the Bloom’s Taxonomy model based on 21st century skills. The model incorporates online tools that can be used to encourage each of the levels of thinking. Mike has created a wiki called Visual Blooms to share ideas on where various online tools could fit into the Bloom’s hierachy (obviously many online tools could fit into different categories depending on how they are used). This is still a work in progress but definitely worth checking out.
Many teacher’s already use the Bloom’s model when planning in order to foster all levels of thinking. I think Mike’s Visual Blooms model could be an excellent resource to assist teachers to plan units that help to develop students’ thinking skills while making the most of a wide range of online tools.
Andrew Churches from NZ has written on the digital Bloom’s taxonomy at http://www.scribd.com/doc/8000050/Blooms-Digital-Taxonomy-v212, if anyone is interested n reading further.
Thanks for that link Anne. Andrew has certainly covered the topic very thoroughly!