Webspiration Classroom From Bloom’s Perspective

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

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.

Show relationships between concepts in a Concept Map


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.

Understand the Writing Process...


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.

Write a Lab Report...


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.

Analyze issues with students...


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.

Compare events, stories or ideas in this Comparison Example...


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.

Plan projects

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona Westhaver, Inspiration Software, President

Mona Westhaver
President and Co-founder, Inspiration Software

Mona Westhaver, President and Co-founder of Inspiration® Software, Inc., has more than 30 years’ experience in visual thinking, systems thinking, and educational learning tools and technology. She has a passion for helping people learn to clarify thinking and feelings and to communicate knowledge and views in a positive way.
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  1. MacKay, Pete. “The Teacher List.” The Teacher List. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.theteacherlist.ca/>. []
  2. “Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.” University of Southern Indiana. Web. 27 Feb. 2011. <http://www.usi.edu/distance/bdt.htm>. []
  3. “Bloom’s Taxonomy.” Old Dominion University. Web. 01 Mar. 2011. <http://www.odu.edu/educ/roverbau/Bloom/blooms_taxonomy.htm>. []

5 Responses to “Webspiration Classroom From Bloom’s Perspective”

  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.”

    You are absolutely right to argue that Inspiration software can be used in activities that require students to think at each level of cognitive complexity of the taxonomy. That infographic is extraordinarily misleading and is the product of lazy thinking. Flickr is placed at the lowest level of cognitive complexity but asking students to find images that represent democracy or decay on Flickr would be an activity at a very high level of Bloom’s.

    Equally, Wikispaces and Prezi that have been placed at the very highest level of Bloom’s can be used for activities that promote basic recall and understanding. Bloom’s was never meant to be about the tools that a student uses but is about the task that students are asked to complete and about the kind of thinking they need to do to complete it.

    • Thanks for stopping by Heidi! I really appreciate what you said here. The Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy infographic caught our attention and interest, but I think you’re right. Maybe a more representative diagram would show how each of these tools can be used to fulfill the various levels and cognitive structure of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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  3. Jen G says:

    I love the diagram, although I agree with Heidi’s argument that some web tools could be placed at multiple levels. Also, I love Google for its one-stop-tech-shopping, but this diagram does seem a bit Google-heavy.

    It has made me stop & think – where does my site fall on the taxonomy? Since I maintain a site for readers to discuss & critique books, I think I would place it at Analyzing or Evaluating.

    I have linked many of these tools on my website, including VoiceThread, Glogster & YouTube. I was wondering, which ones are your favorites, Sarah (and anyone else that would like to share)?

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