Blooming Marvellous!

If you’re in teaching and education, then you need to know about Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Here’s a quick overview of what it is:

Blooms is something that I have used a lot over the years in my teaching career as well as my own personal development in a range of areas. It’s a fantastic way of outlining the different stages of understanding and operates, in my opinion, on the basis that ‘Knowledge precedes Action’.

When we teach concepts from first principles, we cannot expect the student to fully understand the intricacies of a particular topic or subject area. Rather we have to lay the foundations and ensure that the student are aware of some of key terms and terminology that they will be required to know (LOTS) and later build on that knowledge, understand it and ultimately translate it into an action based on that knowledge (HOTS).

This is where Thematic/Project based work is an excellent way of incorporating Blooms Taxonomy into the ICT classroom. Based on the principle that projects allow work to be contextualised, students will be able to learn newer words, terminology and ideas based on a common context that they will ultimately be able to extend through a series of understanding, analysing and evaluative tasks and activities until they ultimately reach their HOTS goals of Creating and Sharing.

All the work I do now in my ICT classes is thematic, whether students adopt the Olympic Games as a topic of study or whether it’s Global warming etc, the beauty of Blooms is that it can be broken apart and used in practically any setting and can become relative to any topic if applied in the correct way.

I have recently applied this to a scheme of work where I have successfully taught basic Python programming to Year 8 students. I am sure that with a little tweaking there is no reason why i couldn’t deliver the course to younger/primary students.

This is also, in my opinion, more of a reason for schools to become more integrated with the use of ICT and roll out an ‘ICT across the Curriculum’ style approach to ensure that students are always using technology to fulfill a need that extends beyonds the confines of discreet ICT lessons.

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