Bloom’s Taxonomy and Web 2.0 Tools
The following graph is a representation of a variety of Web 2.0 tools organized into the categories of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s Taxonomy was originally created in 1956 by Benjamin S. Bloom. It was updated in the 1990’s by a team led by Lorin Anderson, a former student of Bloom’s. Bloom’s taxonomy is a “multitiered model of classifying thinking according to six cognitive levels of complexity.” The first tier, remembering, is associated with words such as retrieving, recalling, or recognizing. Understanding, the second level, is associated with words like interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, and summarizing. The third level, applying, refers to a student’s ability to implement knowledge of material in different applications. Analyzing is when students can break down information into different parts. Key words for this level is differentiating and distinguishing. The fifth level, evaluating, refers to a student’s ability to check and critique work. This level was previously the sixth level in the original Bloom’s taxonomy. The final level, creating, includes key words such as reorganizing, generating, and planning, and producing. In the following graph, I organized various educational Web 2.0 tools into the Bloom’s Taxonomy organizational chart to help educators utilize these valuable tools in effective ways in the classroom. Each link will open in a new window to help you explore the tools more effectively.