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Bloom’s Taxonomy Bloomin’ Pinwheel

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Apply, Blooms Taxonomy, Create, Download, Evaluate, inspiration, Knowledge (remember), Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, professional development, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain) | Posted on 17-09-2010

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Over the past few weeks I have been sharing some of my Boom’s Taxonomy re-imagines.  I created these for my classroom so that I could share Bloom’s with my kids in different ways that would make our classroom fun, but also give them a different way of viewing the information.   Today I am sharing my Bloomin’ Pinwheel.  As I started making my Bloom’s re-imagines, students started coming to me with ideas of how to display the information.  The pinwheel was a student recommendation.  I think it turned out pretty cute!  Some of you have asked what program I used to create my pictures.  I use Apple’s Pages for almost everything, the Bloom’s Taxonomy was no exception.  I use the free hand drawing tool, the shapes, fill tool, text box, and inspector to make my version of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Below you will find my original Bloomin’ Pinwheel, along with my digital version.  Many of you have asked for a printable version of these Bloom’s Taxonomy re-imagines, you can now find a bundle of 4 (Bloomin’ Peacock, Um-bloom-ra, Bloomin’ Pinwheel, and Bloomin’ Tree) in my store.  You will get 8 8.5″x11″ posters, this includes the digital version of each.

Here are links to the digital tools in my Boomin’ Pinwheel:

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

 

Comments (19)

Love this Kelly! Thanks so much for sharing!

[…] ladder! (By the way, if you haven’t seen the images and resources at iLearnTechnology about Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy, you really need to check them out!) Image courtesy of SpellingCity.com The Spelling City by […]

I love Pages too, but Kelly, you make it sing!

Kelly, Great job posting on the taxonomy. It is an often overlooked method of characterizing the content of different types of lessons. It’s perhaps the best methods of distinguishing lessons about knowledge, skills, and analysis.

I’m of course delighted that you included SpellingCity. But I’d like to add that I think we have digital exercises for many steps in the hierarchy.

Remember – SpellingCity’s TestMe & TeachMe
Understand – Alphabetize
Apply – Sentence Unscramble & WhichWord
Analyze – MatchIt – Requires both vocabulary knowledge and often, a logical process of elimination to first match the easy ones before solving the remaining harder ones.
Evaluate – ….
Create – Sentence & Paragraph Writing

Thanks for sharing these Kelly. They are far more interesting for students than others I’ve seen. I think this one – the pinwheel – is my favourite!

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Kelly–This is SO COOL! What a striking visual. You should contribute your Bloom’s Taxonomies to the Wikipedia entry. I can’t wait to use one with my own classes.

Thanks for sharing, and for including us 😉

Zoe from Fotobabble

[…] Sometimes it is easy to forget the wonderful thinking resources that have been available for years – Remember Blooms?!?!  On iLearn Technology (http://ilearntechnology.com/) there are Bloom’s printable resources and ideas about using different websites – wonderful resource! Check it out, http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=3080 […]

Thank you Zoe, good idea to contribute to the Wikipedia entry. Happy to include Fotobabble, my students love using it!

Thank you Pam, the pinwheel is one of my favorites to, it did turn out cute!

Thank you Susan, I used it a lot with my students. We had such fun with it!

I love the way that you share the examples of how students can attain these skills. (Also very impressed with your creativity, Pages mastery and your obviously very big brain!)

I’m not sure about the big brain bit but I appreciate the kind words!

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