Higher Order Thinking and my 3C’s

Today I stumbled across a detailed document called Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. The pdf is lengthy, so skip to page 7 for a visual. This updated version of Bloom’s Taxonomy is very similar, but it contains new digitized verbs for the 21st century. Things that we will need to teach to our students so they can survive in the digital world. The document speaks to the importance of communication and collaboration based on an official Google blog identifying the most important traits for their employees.

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy (revised)

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Back to the visual on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy (page 7). The author included a communication spectrum describing the types of communication skills students would be using as they achieved higher order thinking. At the lower end of the spectrum, students would be searching,  texting, using email, bookmarking. At the higher end students would be commenting, debating, collaborating, as well as designing, programming, publishing. These, therefore, are the types of things we need to encourage our students to do.

You Are What You Create

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It’s encouraging to note that most of, if not all my assignments for this university term require   some sort of creating or creativity. From self-proposed painting projects, to creative presentations and video assignments, to this blog assignment, I am gaining some experience and ideas for projects that require higher order thinking skills. I’ve decided (unless someone out there has already named this trio) to remember these three important higher order thinking skills as the 3C’s: Communication, Collaboration, and Creation.


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9 Responses to Higher Order Thinking and my 3C’s

  1. Greg

    Great find, Allison! Looking at the use of technology in the classroom from the perspective of Bloom’s taxonomy makes total sense. I downloaded the pdf you linked to and I am going to dig more into that document in the future, so thanks for sharing.
    Question: What were some of the best uses of technology in school that you saw during your internship?

    • Allison de Hoop

      The school I interned at, Kenaston School and Distance Learning Centre, offers many online courses to distance students and to students wishing to take special electives (i.e. cow/calf course). This is very important for rural area, or home-schooled students who don’t have certain courses offered at their school (electives, calculus, and other low enrollment courses).

      Some courses were online correspondence courses, while other courses were broadcast live to students in other schools. The SMARTboard was integral to this because the students could hear the audio of the teachers voice, ask questions, and respond. Students could also see a live screencast of what the teacher was writing on the SMARTboard, over top of the notes. This was quite amazing to me, as I hadn’t seen anything like it before and is a great use of the technology we have.

  2. Carla Mysko

    I like your 3 Cs. Without communication there is no collaboration and without creation, what do you have to communicate about? The creative element is always the most intriguing thing to me as well – I find I can’t connect to my learning without this, and I definitely appreciate choices on what creation looks like.

  3. Heather M. Ross

    Great post, Allison. I’m going to share the link to Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy in the shared resources of the class blog.

  4. Bill Kapphahn

    Alberta Education has done a ton of work on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. http://zaidlearn.blogspot.ca/2012/10/a-juicy-collection-of-blooms-digital.html
    I personally like the pyramid!

  5. John Lintott

    I love Bloom’s Taxonomy, and I particularly like seeing it’s concepts being applied to something contemporary like the digital world. With the rubrics and examples, that is a very useful pdf. I’m stealing it right now for use in future classrooms. Thanks for the link!

  6. Luke Bartsch

    This is an awesome post, Allison! Bloom’s Taxonomy is important to educators, but I agree that it may be a little outdated. This resource is fantastic! It’s great to see a new and modern spin on these theories.

    I also have many creative projects to do this semester and I definitely prefer them to papers (I’m definitely not an English major)! Keep up the good work!

  7. jub574

    Great blog Allison very informational – your creativity shines through!