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The group that consistently fails at the marshmallow task: recent graduates of business school. Business students are trained to find the single right plan and then execute it. The problem with this strategy is that they wait for the last minute to add their marshmallow to the top of the structure and when their plan fails, it is a crisis. The group that consistently succeeds at the marshmallow task: recent graduates of kindergarten. Kindergarten students start with a model and they build successive prototypes of their structure. They always keep their marshmallow on top. They have multiple opportunities to refine their structure until it is working. With each version of the prototype, students are getting instant feedback about what works and what doesn’t and they can adjust accordingly. Kids don’t spend time trying to be CEO of Spaghetti Inc. They aren’t jockeying for power, they are working together creatively and having fun. What stands out to me about the data that Tom Wujec shares, is not that architects and engineers build the best towers (as he says, we would expect that), but that kindergartners are not very far behind. This makes me wonder about what important things we are deprogramming kids to do as we send them through the education system. If the education system was really working, I would expect that adults would be able to construct the best, highest towers. I would expect that those with the most education would build the best towers. But as we see, this isn’t the case. In school we teach students that everything has a correct answer. Sometimes that answer means filling in the “c” on a bubble test, and sometimes it means getting your teacher to nod and say “that’s right”. School has become a game of “guess what the teacher is thinking”.  As a result, we have students who can come up with one correct solution to any problem. In the real world, we often need more than one right solution. Many times we need several solutions and creative thinking applied to the problem. Our most recent example of this is the BP oil spill. I can’t help but wonder what great solutions kindergartners would come up with that adults aren’t even considering because we have been deprogrammed to think that way. What does this mean for schools? It means that we need more opportunities for students to explore multiple solutions to a problem, it means that we offer kids the chance to discuss and stop asking the one answer questions all the time. Sometimes there is one correct answer, but in life that isn’t always the case. Students need to be given the chance to explore both options. (As a side note, it is interesting to me that when the incentive of a prize was offered, not one team had a standing structure. I am working my way through Daniel Pink’s book Drive right now and it mirrors what he says in the book.)

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Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bloomin’ Peacock

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Apply, Blogs, Blooms Taxonomy, Create, Evaluate, Knowledge (remember), Primary Elementary, professional development, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain), Web2.0 | Posted on 30-08-2010

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Tomorrow I am doing a training on the Treasures Supplement that I created over the summer.  Most of the supplemental suggestions fall into the bottom two tiers of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Remember and Understand).  I want to show teachers that just because these activities help students practice basic skills and remember and understand, there are SO many more options that will reach the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy!  I created the Bloomin’ Peacock to show teachers the Blooms Taxonomy break down and the Bloomin’ digital Peacock that shows how the digital tools in the supplement break down.

Below are the tools listed in my Bloomin’ Digital Peacock

Bloomin' Digital Peacock

Remember:

BBC Skillwise- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/

Spelling City- http://spellingcity.com

Starfall- http://starfall.com

Discovery Streaming- http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com

Lexipedia- http://lexipedia.com

YouTube- http://youtube.com

Gamegoo- http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html

PBS Kids- http://pbskids.org

Understand:

Into the Book- http://reading.ecb.org

Skype- http://skype.com

Treasures- http://activities.macmillanmh.com/reading/treasures/

Book Adventure- http://bookadventure.org

Twitter- http://twitter.com

Apply:

Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com

PhotoBooth- Software

Scholastic- http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp

Fotobabble- http://fotobabble.com

Google Earth- http://google.com/earth

Analyze:

Read Write Think- http://readwritethink.org

Cool Iris- http://cooliris.com

Wordle- http://wordle.net

Creaza- http://creaza.com

Mindomo- http://mindomo.com

Evaluate:

Shelfari- http://shelfari.com

Wikipedia- http://wikipedia.com

Think.com- http://think.com

Nota- http://notaland.com

Create:

Pic-Lits- http://piclits.com

Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com

ZimmerTwins- http://zimmertwins.com

Wiki Spaces- http://wikispaces.com

DomoNation- http://domonation.com

Glogster- http://edu.glogster.com

Creaza- http://creaza.com

Voicethread- http://voicethread.com

Kidblog- http://kidblog.org

Wetpaint- http://www.wetpaint.com

edublogs- http://edublogs.org

Stage’d- http://stagedproject.com/

Garageband- Software

iMovie- Software

I have received a lot of requests and DM’s for the Bloomin’ Peacock on posters (I’m still working on these), mugs, etc.  For those of you who asked, here it is:

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[…] have just learned of the work by Kelly Tenkely (http://ilearntechnology.com/ ) and her Bloomin’ Digital Peacock. This is a fabulous resource for teachers, both novice and expert. Any discussion around web 2.0 […]

[…] Bloom’s taxonomy is instrumental in helping us to develop guidelines for the creation of appropriate objectives and their supporting instructional strategies. Not all objectives are the same. Different objectives focus on different performances and outcomes. Different types of objectives require different types of strategies. Instructional design is made easier by assigning learning objectives to different categories. Each category leads to a different class of human performance and also requires a different set of instructional conditions for effective learning. By correctly identifying the learning level of an objective, strategies can then be developed to ensure that the content is presented clearly and appropriately for E-learning, and that the instruction will be effective. […]

I am in LOVE of your site and JEALOUS we don’t have you on staff for training and ideas!!

We are trying to put together an online document for Multiple Intelligences and we have been brainstorming several different ideas. I found your bloomin’ peacock and loved it. Do you have a printable version or an interactive version of the web 2.0 tools one with live links? If so, are you willing to share?

😀 Thanks Stacy!
I do have a printable version of my peacocks, you can purchase a printable version from my store http://ilearntechnology.com/?page_id=2875 , all 8 posters are bundled for $0.99. If you want to use them school wide it is $20.99. The interactive version is online only in the form of this post.

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Kelly,
I have found this resource the day before I am supposed to give a PD day on HOTS and SMART. I absolutely love your resources and will be sharing with my colleagues-I need to spend more time here!
Thank you for sharing-you rock.

So glad you found it in time to be helpful!

[…] Next up, a visually pleasing peacock. I like the peacock concept a lot, though in some cases some of the tools are hard to read on the graphic, the original author has links to all of the tools she mentioned on her site. […]

[…] Next up, a visually pleasing peacock. I like the peacock concept a lot, though in some cases some of the tools are hard to read on the graphic, the original author has links to all of the tools she mentioned on her site. […]

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[…] and also on Kelly Tenkely’s iLearn Technology blog at  http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=2973 The traditional version also has six levels – Knowledge Comprehension Application Analysis […]

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[…] website http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=2973 also has many great examples of web applications to fit each tier of Bloom’s Taxonomy in our […]

Do you still have the posters of the peacock? I would love to buy a set but can’t seem to find where.

Thank you!!

[…] instruction. There is much here about the actual processes of learning including a recent link “iLearn Technology” (http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=2973) and a blog with a wonderful visual representation of […]

Hi Amanda,
Yes, instead of hosting the files and selling directly myself, you can find them on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I love your blooming peacock. As you know, research shows that a learner is more likely to remember and use what they have learned if they have a visual representation and have experienced or played with the material. I think your peacock has some great tools for students to expand their thinking.

[…] Kelly Tenkely has produced a Livebinder of resources about the Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy. In addition to links to sites which explain and elaborate on Bloom’s Revised Digital Taxonomy for Higher Order Thinking in the classroom, there are also pages of further links for each level – with suggested activities and online tools or resources which can be used in schools. This includes her graphic visual “Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bloomin’ Peacock.” […]

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Where can our district purchase Blooms Posters???

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