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Using Digital Blooms to Develop Learning Objectives

Using Digital Blooms to Develop Learning Objectives

Author: Trisha Fyfe

In this lesson, you will use Digital Bloom's taxonomy to create learning objectives.

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Welcome. I'm Trisha Fyfe, and in today's video lesson, I will be talking about the topic of using Digital Bloom's to develop evaluation theories. As we learn about this topic, we will work towards several learning objectives. And together, we will answer the following two questions through this video tutorial-- what is the Digital Bloom's taxonomy, and how can we use this model to develop unit objectives?

Let's start by talking about Digital Bloom's taxonomy. What is this model? Digital Bloom's taxonomy consists of six different levels. This is based off of Bloom's taxonomy. Digital Bloom's only incorporates the digital aspect of it, bringing in Web 2.0 tools and action verbs that can be used at each of these levels. So starting at the bottom of Digital Bloom's taxonomy, we've got our lowest order thinking skill, which is remembering.

Moving up the pyramid to the very top, we go through more complex thinking skills-- understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and finally creating at the very top. Digital Bloom's connects action verbs to the different cognitive domains, and throughout each of these levels, we can use technology tools that support student achievement and application of skills. Let's look at each level a little more deeply, and we'll apply some action verbs here.

For example, at the level Remember, we can use action verbs like "searching or "Googling." In Understand, we can use advanced searches, "tagging" or "commenting." In the Apply stage, things like "uploading," "sharing" and "editing." Analyze would be verbs like "linking," "media clipping," and "mashing."

In the Evaluate stage, we would have "blog commenting," "moderating," "testing," or "collaborating." And finally, the highest order thinking skill, Create, we would have verbs like "podcasting," "videocasting," "filming," "animating," and "wiki-ing."

All of these action verbs incorporate tools, technology tools that students can use or you can use in classroom to help students reach those higher order thinking skills in the level that you're working with them. Let's take a look at a unit of study. And I'll demonstrate how to develop unit objectives, using Digital Bloom's We'll go through each level, and I'll give you examples of verbs, action verbs, for each level. And then we'll talk about how can you apply this to a unit objective.

So we're going to talk about the unit of learning about different cultures. And first, we'll start at the very bottom, the most simple of those thinking skills-- Remember. Remember, some action verbs for Remember are "searching," and "Googling." So here's an example of a unit objective. By the end of this unit, students will use a Google search to find three appropriate resources on a chosen culture.

Let's look at the next stage. This stage is Understand. And here, remember this action verbs are "advanced searches," "tagging," and "commenting." These are just a few of the action verbs. We can use the unit objective. By the end of this unit, students will use an advanced Google search to compare and contrast culture in the United States and one chosen culture. Or, by the end of this unit, students will use questions to interview an individual of another culture using Skype.

Let's look at the third stage. And that third stage, remember, is Apply. And we use action verbs like "uploading," "sharing," and "editing." By the end of this unit, students will use Google Docs to input findings in research and peer edit. Or, by the end of this unit, students will use a blog to publish an article on similarities and differences of US and a chosen culture.

Let's talk about the next level. This level is Analyze. And the action verbs for this level might include "linking," "media clipping," and "mashing." Here's a unit objective. By the end of this unit, students will research and link three to five appropriate websites to their blog article for viewers to look at.

Let's look at the fifth stage, and this is Evaluate. Here, action verbs might include "blog commenting," "moderating," "testing," or "collaborating." An example of a unit objective might be, by the end of this unit, students will comment on blogs of three peers with what they have learned, and questions that they still have after reading the article.

Let's look at the final of these stages. And this is the stage of Create. And here, action verbs would include "podcasting," "videocasting," "filming," "animating," and "wiki-ing." Remember, these are the higher order thinking skills. By the end of this unit, students will create a wiki on their researched culture, including similarities and differences of that culture and the United States.

I've used just a few of the action verbs and only a few unit objectives for each of these. There are so many tools out there that you can use to create unit objectives using Digital Bloom's. Let's talk about what we learned today. We answered the questions, what is Digital Bloom's taxonomy, and how can we use this model to develop unit objectives?

We talked about the fact that in a technology-rich environment, Digital Bloom's is an excellent model for you to use when you're developing those learning objectives. You can connect cognitive domains to action verbs, and then apply those to technology tools, all to support your students' achievement in application of these skills. I went through each of the six levels of Digital Bloom's-- Create, Evaluate, Analyze, Apply, Understand, and Remember.

And I provided you with action verbs at each level. As well, we went through some examples of unit objectives at each of these levels. Now that you're familiar with these concepts, let's reflect. What are additional Web 2.0 tools that you can use for various levels in this model? What will the challenges be in using this model in a diverse classroom?

Thanks for joining me today in discussing the lesson, Using Digital Bloom's to Develop Evaluation Theories. I hope you found value in this video lesson, and are able to apply these ideas to your very own teaching. As you reflect on how this new information can be applied, you may want to explore the additional Resources section that accompanies this video presentation. This is where you'll find links to resources chosen to help you deepen your learning and explore ways to apply your newly acquired skill set.

Notes on “Using Digital Blooms to Develop Evaluation Theories”


(00:00- 00:22) Intro/Objectives

(00:23- 01:11) What is a Digital Blooms?

(01:12- 02:24) Action Verbs in Digital Blooms

(02:25- 02:50) Unit Objectives: Remember

(02:51- 03:19) Unit Objectives: Understand

(03:20- 03:43) Unit Objectives: Apply

(03:44- 04:02) Unit Objectives: Analyze

(04:03- 04:23) Unit Objectives: Evaluate

(04:24- 04:59) Unit Objectives: Create

(05:00- 05:42) Recap

(05:43- 06:22) Reflection