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Technology and Bloom’s Taxonomy: Application

December 4, 2006

Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains, originally developed in 1956, is one of the most well-known and widely-used schemas of educational objectives. Though three distinct schemas were originally created, the one dealing with the cognitive domain remains the most important and most applied.

The third category in Bloom’s Taxonomy, Application, is the focus of the December newsletter. Application has to do with an individual’s ability to utilize a newly learned skill in a novel or unique circumstance. For instance, a representative example of the Application category would find a student forecasting data or results, classifying new content by established criteria or rules, sketching plans according to principles, or demonstrating a technique in a new situation.

Although the term Application connotes a certain physical act of doing, many technologies help to enable students in applying and demonstrating their learning in different and unique ways:

myWPI: The myWPI online testing and survey tools allow students to test their knowledge using questions that you create or select from a pre-existing question set. Automated feedback can be generated based on correct and incorrect responses, giving students positive reinforcement when students are correct and customized assistance when they miss a question.

Learning Objects: Multimedia simulations, which often take the form of learning objects, can by used by students to apply their learning in unique ways to estimate or forecast the outcome of an equation or series of events. The Media Production group of the Academic Technology Center provides simulation development services.

Video Recordings and PowerPoint: These provide opportunities for students to dramatically represent their learning through uniquely designed contexts. Students are able to create unique presentations that reflect their learning, as opposed to the traditional. A selection of digital video cameras are available for check out from the Academic Technology Center's equipment inventory.

Classroom Performance System (CPS): Using the CPS in your classroom allows you to prompt students to forecast outcomes of novel situations and problems you pose, demonstrating their understanding of causal relationships.

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