Integrating the Australian Curriculum Using Web2.0
 
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One of the earliest things we get taught as teachers in today's socio-cultural climate of educational psychology is Blooms Taxonomy. Essentially blooms taxonomy a hierarchy of cognitive abilities which move from lower order thinking skills to the higher order thinking skills. When teachers are setting questions, or marking responses, they are persuaded to use blooms as a guide. This is what the Bloom's taxonomy looks like:
1. Knowledge - this is the lowest of the levels of understanding. It is the ability to recall facts, to memorise and use bits of information. 
2. Comprehension - This involves making meaning of things, rather than just remembering them. This generally means translating information into your own words.
3. Application - This is the ability to use information and ideas in new situations such as solving problems that have a single answer. 
4. Analysis - This is the ability to examine pieces of information. Take different meanings from the same information and find connections between that information and other information.
5. Synthesis: This is the ability to construct something new in the style of something else. This is the ability to connect two or more pieces of information to make one whole piece of information. 
6. Evaluation - This is the ability to make judgements about the quality or value of a piece of information or something as a whole. This is the highest level of cognitive ability. 


Anderson and Krathwohl (2001) however created a revision to this taxonomy by adding another layer to taxonomy and changing the previous nouns into verbs, so its the ability to do those things, not just understand what they are.  It is shown in the picture above. 


I was wondering, where does a students ability to use hyperlinks and construct information from many sources at the same time fit into this equation. I would imagine it is a higher-order thinking skill as most students are also able to make judgements on its value i.e. the credibility of the information.  Using Interactive Communication and online medium is essentially allowing students to use all of the cognitive processes and then allowing them to create something like a blog will make sure all of the cognitive processes are being used.  I think this is a great tool, and something which we will have to use ore of in the classroom. 


That reminds me, we were told an interesting anagram in class yesterday. In class we want 


HOTS not    MOTS
Higher order thinking skillsMore of the same. 

 


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