Sunday, March 1, 2009

Continuing the Digital / Visual Bloom's Conversation

Lasst night on Twitter, I began discussing the idea of a 21st century frame around Bloom's, where individual apps are identified within the Bloom's schema--partly to continue to analyze how things fit together, but also to discover that the tiers are not so neatly separated anymore.

Through conversation, I found that there needs to be a new visual that connects tiers to each other while still showing the differentiation of skills associated with learning 21st century applications.  I created a wiki at to continue the collaboration and I'm posting an excerpt of the twitter conversation here.  I'm really enjoying how multiple tools and multiple perspectives come together to create a bigger idea than what I had originally intended.

The creative juices are flowing. BIG TIME. And as the week progresses, I hope to flesh out even more and continue the conversation with my colleagues!  (And perhaps create a workshop and a journal article out of it!)  More to come...

An excerpt of last night's Twitter conversation around Digital / Visual Bloom's:

fisher1000@paulawhite I think connections are part of that lower tier, and collaboration is on multiple ones. I'm changing my whole view of Bloom's about 14 hours ago from web

fisher1000@paulawhite as I think through this. I don't want it to be clear cut anymore. I want it to network and flow, if that makes sense. about 14 hours ago from web

paulawhite@fisher1000 does creativity equal creating? I would argue not. I created a wiki, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's creative. about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

eduguy101@paulawhite @fisher1ooo Are you saying that the digital blooms needs a flexible structure allowing for varying connections? about 14 hours ago from web

paulawhite@woscholar @fisher1000 I WOULD say create = new/functional/useful (and that could be aesthetic as well) item, idea, etc. about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

paulawhite@fisher1000 I saw the coolest tool today in Bed, Bath and Beyond, called a cyclone whisk. 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

paulawhite@fisher1000 and the whisk analogy could go on and on. . stirring things up, mixing things together in different ways,about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

cristama@fisher1000 Agreed...I love what your building, really have me thinking again. @Linda704 I'm watching recorded BOE meeting too ;) about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

mcarlsRT @gr8t @fisher1000 Feel free to jump in and add anything! http://visualblooms.wikispa...about 14 hours ago from web

fisher1000@paulawhite Perhaps I'll keep the evolution of the visuals. It's a good record of how creativity builds, esp. in wake of collaboration. about 14 hours ago from web

woscholar@fisher1000 Yep. This thing is no longer a pyramid. Go figure.about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

cristama@fisher1000 Perhaps back to someones suggestion of a cloud? I liked that suggestion as well.about 14 hours ago from web

fisher1000@paulawhite creativity is subjective. Creating is a skill based on a level that exceeds proficiency, in the case of web tools & Bloom's.about 14 hours ago from web

Linda704@eduguy101 @fisher1000 @cristama @paulawhite Y'all getting' way too cerebral for Sat nite! ;)about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

paulawhite@eduguy101 Absolutley, digital blooms has to be flexible with variable connections.great description!about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck

woscholar@fisher1000 Great ideas! Thanks for doing that. Look forward to the link.about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck


  1. I think this is an awesome concept, Mike. I am thinking however (and I believe I read somewhere) that many of the stages of Blooms are not a hierarchy any longer. Yes, the knowledge and basic understanding level might be foundational, however, after that I believe that any of the stages can extend that thinking at several different levels. For example, I can have a superficial analysis or a deep, insightful analysis. I can apply the knowledge in a literal way or stretch my application in an obscure yet appropriate way. So I'm not sure what the visual would look like. Maybe the Knowledge, Comprehension foudation with all the other stages on top of the foundation side-by-side but showing different levels as they go up. Some of the tools you have listed belong into several categories. For example, I could use voicethread as an evaluation tool for students to leave comments for other student's work. I could list it under analysis as the comments could analyze a piece of work without evaluating. Do you see what I mean? Not to throw a wrench into your idea because I think it is awesome, but maybe the format can be reworked. The key is to allow for the complex but keep it simple enough to understand at first glace.


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