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Um-bloom-ra Bloom’s Taxonomy

Last week I blogged about my Bloomin’ Peacock, a new Bloom’s Taxonomy visual I made to share with teachers in a training.  Over the years, I have created a number of Bloom’s Taxonomy pictures to hang in my classroom for students to refer to.  My Bloomin’ Peacock was such a hit with you all, I thought I would start sharing the others I’ve made.   Today I revived one that I created for my classroom and added the digital version (again the digital tools displayed relate directly to the Treasures reading curriculum).  This is my Um-bloom-ra Bloom’s Taxonomy: …and the digital version: Here are the digital tools included in my taxonomy: 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 Some of you have asked what program I use to create my Bloom’s Taxonomy re-imagines, I use Apple’s Pages to create them (it is SO much more than a word processor!).  Pages makes creating easy, the only downside is that the images aren’t big enough to make into posters larger than 8.5″ x 11″.  Luckily I married a graphic artist and after the initial laughter that I used Pages instead of something like Photoshop or Illustrator, he agreed to help me make a larger poster happen. If you are interested in my Bloom’s images on a mug, mousepad, tote bag, etc. you can find it in my store.

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Playfic: create, play and remix text-based games

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, collaboration, Create, Evaluate, History, Interactive book, Language Arts, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Science, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 08-01-2013

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What it is: Playfic is a site that let’s users create, play and remix online text-based games.  I may have lost some of you already…but don’t leave yet! A text-based game is a genre of game that uses no graphics or sound, but instead, uses text to tell a story in an interactive world.  Think of a choose your own adventure tech-style.  Students can create a story that others can interact with by directing the story using words and phrases.  As an example, the story might be about a forest, describing what you can see East, West, North and South.  The player would type in a direction “East”, hit the return key, and the story progresses.  You can try out a sample text-based game here.

How to integrate Playfic into the classroom: Playfic has all kinds of good stuff for classrooms.  To create a story, students must first learn a little bit of coding.  Tutorials are included on the Playfic site, and are easy enough to get your students up and running in no time.  There is even a link to an Inform 7 (coding language) recipe book that will have your students dreaming up new scenarios and actively researching how to make them come to life.  Students can create games for each other while strengthening their writing and grammar skills.  This is wonderful for fictitious writing, but could also be used for students to explore “what ifs” in history and science.  Students can take a moment in time and dream up what might have been different about the world if the event hadn’t happened the way that it had.  As they are researching and learning about the actual event, they will also be analyzing why the event is important and critically thinking about it’s impact on the world we live in.  Similarly, students could explore a science experiment, hypothesizing what will happen and the different outcomes that might occur.

Teachers could create these choose your own adventure stories for students for new learning or review of a topic.  Wouldn’t it be cool to have a story using sight word vocabulary that prompted practice with the sight words?

I know a handful of students who really struggle with writing…it is PAINFUL.  These students are brilliant. They have great ideas to share. One of the students I have in mind came up to me today and said, “over break I taught myself Lua (programming language).”  Students like these will be all over this type of writing.  What a cool way to engage them and excite them about the writing process in a new way.

One of the things that I really like about Playfic is that it takes a lot of planning, organizing, and thought to create this type of story.  For some students the planning/organizing portion of writing is a real struggle.  This site would be so useful in teaching students the importance of those steps.  I also love that it will have them researching and looking up solutions for how to make their ideas come to life.  Just like we do every day in the “real world.”

Tips: The Inform 7 Recipe book can be found here. 

Leave a comment and tell us how you are using  Playfic in your classroom.

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