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Bloom’s Taxonomy & Today’s Tech-Savvy Students
An Educator’s Perspective - Hear From Dr. Saundra McGuire
Even though Bloom’s Taxonomy was initially developed in 1956 and is widely agreed to be relevant today, there are still many college students who are unaware of Bloom’s Taxonomy or who have limited knowledge of its meaning and application.
What We Know
Bloom’s Taxonomy was developed by Benjamin Bloom in 1956, during the Baby Boomer Generation, and is a framework for teaching and learning. “...the framework can be used to create assessments, evaluate the complexity of assignments, increase the rigor of a lesson, simplify an activity to help personalize learning, design a summative assessment, plan project-based learning, frame a group discussion, and more. Because it simply provides an order for cognitive behaviors, it can be applied to almost anything.” (Terry Heick, What Is Bloom’s Taxonomy? A Definition For Teachers)
Bloom’s has grown in awareness, adoption, and application throughout the various generations - Generation X, Millennials, Generation Y, and now Gen Z students.
More About Erin
I am a Baby Boomer. I work primarily with Gen X’ers. I have Millennial/Gen Y children (thank goodness since they are my tech support and my early adopters of technology), my nieces and nephews are GenZ, and I have a Gen Alpha grandson (who knew Gen Alpha was even a thing?). Anyway, people tell me I am computer savvy, but being surrounded by these other generations, I don’t feel like it. My sons have always taught me how to use technology and were the only reason I switched to a Mac. If I had a dollar for every time they asked, “why are you doing it like that?”, or “why don’t you use this app or that program?”, I truly would be a wealthy grandma. And speaking of being a grandma, it won’t be long before my 2-year-old grandson overtakes me with his technological skills. He already takes my phone, opens apps, plays movies, and swipes through my photos.
I’ve Been Thinking
How do we adapt (or do we even need to adapt) Bloom’s Taxonomy for our GenZ students (born between 1995 and 2015), who have never known the world without the internet and who have had access to smartphones and computers from an early age? We know that Bloom’s Taxonomy was revised in 2001 to reflect the changes in teaching & learning that were occurring at the time, but a lot has changed since 2001 with respect to GenZ & technology.
- How Each Generation Has Adapted To and Utilizes Technology
- 5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy
- Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For 21st Century Students
- How To Explain Bloom's Taxonomy To Students In 5 Minutes
- Teach Students How To Learn, Author Dr. Saundra McGuire with Stephanie McGuire
- Teach Yourself How To Learn, Author Dr. Saundra McGuire with Stephanie McGuire
My Questions For You
I do not consider myself an expert, and I certainly do not have the answers, and so I pose the following questions to all of you:
- Do you think today’s college students are aware of Bloom’s Taxonomy when they come to college and are they able to apply it to their learning?
- How has technology influenced Bloom’s Taxonomy or vice versa?
- How have you adapted Bloom’s Taxonomy for today’s students?
Let’s get the conversation started. What do you think?
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Author: Erin Hoag
April 17, 2019