Students as Questioners – Blooms Taxanomy

courtesy of Socrative Garden

Students as Questioners – Bloom’s Taxonomy

 

“An educated person today is someone who knows the right question to ask.”

Recently, I’ve been repeating this Ernest Boyer quote to myself. It encapsulates so much in so few words. Many Socrative posts have focused on how teachers can foster discussions and help facilitate problem based thinking, inquiry and the surfacing of main ideas. Consequently, through modeling and drawing student attention to your questions, they are aware of how and why you are asking particular questions.

It’s time to pass the baton to the students and develop their abilities to ask the high quality questions.

Let’s call on our friend Benjamin Bloom for support.

Bloom’s revised taxonomy is a great asset for making explicit your motivations behind classroom activities, assignments and discussion starters. Furthermore, it helps build a common language and structure within your classroom. As history has shown, this well-known, widely applied scheme filled a void and provided educators with one of the first systematic classifications of the processes of thinking and learning. The cumulative hierarchical framework consisting of six categories each requiring achievement of the prior skill or ability before the next, more complex one, remains easy to understand.

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

Blooms Taxanomy

Developing an Understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Socrative Solution: Utilize Short Response (SR), Multiple Choice (MC) and True/False (TF)
Socrative easily allows everyone in your class to ask and answer the questions!
These activities are not designed to be completed in one day or week. While you are exploring various topics throughout the semester you can initiate these ideas to help build your students’ questioning skills and cognitive abilities. Don’t forget to answer the questions!

■Provide an overview of the taxonomy with examples from your classroom. Make explicit the categories you are exploring.
■Have students duplicate or reproduce the question in their own words. Discuss the questions and evaluate them as a class. (SR, vote, TF)
■Ask questions at various cognitive levels and have students identify or classify the level. Students should then justify their reasoning.(SR)
■Create Multiple Choice questions based on the 6 levels and have students identify and select. Review the results as a class and further explore the levels that are causing the most difficulty. (MC)
■In small groups, have students compare and contrast multiple questions. Foster class discussions in which students begin to support and defend their claims. (SR)
■Have students create their own questions for the class. Motivate them to use varying levels. Analyze and critique the questions as a class. (SR, TF)

*These can be done anonymously*

Technologies for Smarter Working

Monday4th February

Secondary Mathematics Department, Didsbury

After meeting in a gym with a Maths academic @Didsbury, another session for @TfSW was arranged introducing various technologies to the Secondary Mathmetics department.

The list of technologies covered were:

Interactive and Collaboration

PaperShow – PAPERSHOW is a digital writing solution that enables to instantly display handwritten notes from the paper to the screen – interactive meetings and collaboration.

iPad Apps.

Doceri – The professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and remote desktop control (Create, Share, Present and Control)

Evernote – With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use.

MightyMeeting – Present Anywhere – Online meetings with slide and whiteboard sharing for the Web, Android, and iOS. Present to the whole world from your tablet.

Educreations -a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that you can share online

Technologies for Smarter Working

Tue 29/1/2013
Business Support Services Group
Student and Academic Services

Presenters – Nillan Fakira and Dee Vyas

It’s good to get out of the office and do something different occasionally. This time Dee and I spent a morning session on introducing various technologies to HoDs and officers. A great turnout. Any bigger group and we would have been struggling to provide the delegates with the hands on sessions with technologies. We had 7 xiPads, 3x Papershow, 3 Laptops, Microphones and headsets.

Here’s a list what was covered in the session.

Interactive and Collaboration

PaperShow – PAPERSHOW is a digital writing solution that enables to instantly display handwritten notes from the paper to the screen – interactive meetings and collaboration.

Desktop App.

Podcasting@MMU – Create your very own podcast using MMU licenced BB Flashback screen capture software.

iPad Apps.

Doceri – The professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and remote desktop control (Create, Share, Present and Control)

Evernote – With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use.

MightyMeeting – Present Anywhere – Online meetings with slide and whiteboard sharing for the Web, Android, and iOS. Present to the whole world from your tablet.

Aurusma – Augmented Reality

Web-based service

Textwall – Students submit words or phrases related to a particular topic or question via text, email or the web. These are then displayed on a ‘textwall’ and a word cloud can subsequently be generated to visually summarise the information.

Smartphone apps

Voxer – Voxer is an integrated multimedia Push-to-talk application. Instantly send voice, text and photos to individuals and groups in real time.

Viber – Viber for iOS lets you use your iPhone make free calls and send free text and photo messages to other Viber users, on any device, network and country!