A couple weeks ago, Pete MacKay featured an infographic recommended by educator Linda Hyler on The Teacher List, a weekday newsletter highlighting interesting sites around education.1 This infographic places digital, Web 2.0 tools into Bloom’s Taxonomy, making it Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. While reviewing the diagram, I was thrilled to see our newest online writing, visual thinking and collaboration tool, Webspiration Classroom™ service under the “Understanding” category.2 While Webspiration Classroom helps improve students’ understanding of new knowledge and information through its proven visual learning techniques, it’s a digital tool that can truly uphold the entire theory of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Let me explain.
Benjamin Bloom developed Bloom’s Taxonomy with a group of educational psychologists in 1956 to classify levels of intellectual behavior vital to learning new ideas and concepts. Below I have compiled ways visual learning supports Bloom’s Taxonomy based on the interpretations of Dr. Richard Overbaugh and Lynn Shultz of the Darged School of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.3
Studies show that visual learning tools, like Webspiration Classroom, improve students’ retention of concepts and ideas taught in the classroom. For example, students can create a visual diagram to show the relationships between concepts in a Concept Map to use as a study tool while preparing for a test.
Research proves that graphic organizers and visual diagrams improve students learning comprehension of complex ideas and subjects. For example, a graphic organizer can help students understand even complex concepts, such as the writing process, by breaking down the facts into an easier-to-comprehend format.
Graphic organizers can help students demonstrate and illustrate how they’ve interpreted ideas or solved problems. For example, students could write a lab report in a graphic organizer to demonstrate and apply the concepts they’ve learned in a lab experiment.
Visual diagrams can help students think critically about concepts, problems, plots and more. When students create a visual diagram of their thought process while analyzing the theme of a book or working through the process of a problem, you can easily evaluate their analyzing skills.
In Webspiration Classroom, students can use a visual diagram or graphic organizer to write a persuasive essay or create a supporting argument for a debate. For example, students can create a compare and contrast diagram to evaluate the similarities and differences of characters in a novel. A student’s graphic organizer can then develop into an essay demonstrating their ability to formulate a point of view or opinion.
Visual thinking is great for idea creation as it stimulates thinking to help students brainstorm, organize and expand their thoughts into a written essay. What’s more, students can use Webspiration Classroom to easily plan and organize each step of a project.
Support Bloom’s Taxonomy with Visual Learning
So, when you’re looking for digital tools that fulfill Bloom’s Taxonomy, keep in mind that Webspiration Classroom rooted in proven visual learning and thinking techniques, covers more than just “Understanding” in the pyramid. Webspiration Classroom helps students remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and create.
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- MacKay, Pete. “The Teacher List.” The Teacher List. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.theteacherlist.ca/>. [↩]
- “Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.” University of Southern Indiana. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.usi.edu/distance/bdt.htm>. [↩]
- “Bloom’s Taxonomy.” Old Dominion University. Web. 01 Mar. 2011. <http://www.odu.edu/educ/roverbau/Bloom/blooms_taxonomy.htm>. [↩]