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Bloom’s Taxonomy… and Technology

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a teaching strategy that attempts to encourage students to do more than just memorize information. Technology integration can help instructors push students to higher levels of thinking and learning. 

Bloom’s Taxonomy offers an instructional tool that shows instructors how to push students to higher processing and creative levels. At the bottom of the framework, the Taxonomy describes basic rote memorization – the lowest level of learning. The second and third levels ask students to understand, explain, and apply concepts and ideas. Continuing up the framework, the fourth and fifth levels ask students to be able to analyze, draw connections, and evaluate information. Finally, the highest level of the framework involves creating new material from the information they’ve learned. 

Technology integration can help remote instructors push students from simple memorization to evaluating, analyzing, and creating new resources. Multimedia resources used by the professor can help deliver information to students at the bottom of the framework, while technology integration also provides students resources to collaboratively communicate with remote peers and instructors at the higher levels of the framework, as well as many means of expression to create their own resources and designs. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learners will understand the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy 
  2. Learners will understand how technology integration can benefit students at the lower levels of the taxonomy 
  3. Learners will understand how technology integration can support students in achieving the highest levels of Bloom’s taxonomy 

Presenter Bio: 
Caroline is a third-year Educational Psychology and Technology doctoral student here at TCSPP with a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Central Connecticut State University. During her time as a physics educator, she also pursued a Sixth Year degree from the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.