Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy  are key tools for teachers andinstructional designers. Benjamin Bloom published the original taxonomy in the 1950'sand Lorin Anderson in 2000 . Since the most recent publication of the taxonomy therehave been many changes and development that must be addressed.So, this is an update to Bloom's Revised Taxonomy  to account for the new behaviours,actions and learning opportunities emerging as technology advances and becomes moreubiquitous. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy  accounts for many of the traditional classroompractices but does not account for the new technologies and the processes and actionsassociated with them, nor does it do justice to the “digital children”, or as Marc Prenskydescribes them the “Digital Natives”.The Original taxonomy and the revised taxonomy by Anderson and Krathwohl  are bothfocused within the cognitive domain. As a classroom practitioner, these are useful but donot address the activities undertaken in the classroom. This Digital Taxonomy is notrestricted to the cognitive domain rather it contains cognitive elements as well as methodsand tooling. These are the elements that as a practitioner I would use in my classroompractice. Like the previous taxonomies, its is the quality of the action or process thatdefines the cognitive level, rather than the action or process alone.While Bloom's in its many forms, does represent the learning process, it does not indicatethat the learners must start at the lowest taxonomic level and work up. Rather, thelearning process can be initiated at any point, and the lower taxonomic levels will beencompassed within the scaffolded learning task.An increasing influence on learning is the impact of collaboration in its various forms.These are often facilitated by digital media and are increasingly a feature of our digitalclassrooms.This taxonomy is not about the tools and technologies, these are just the medium, insteadit is about using these tools to achieve, recall, understanding, application, analysis,evaluation and creativity.
Have our classrooms changed that much?
Andrew Churches3 01/04/09