It can be difficult enough learning about integrating technology effectively and plan lessons without spending time trying to find the perfect technology resources to use.
That’s why the current version of the Pedagogy Wheel, created by Allan Carrington, is a great resource. The Pedagogy Wheel sorts a wide variety of apps, both online and found in the ipad store, into into the various aspects and areas of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.
If you are a little rusty on Bloom’s Taxonomy, the teaching and learning of curriculum objectives are broken down into 6 areas in order of their effectiveness in instilling mastery: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating. The last three are sometimes given equal footing and are considered the most effective in helping students develop a higher level understanding of a concept. Of course, this is a very simple breakdown of the idea. There have been several additions and changes over the years since Benjamin Bloom first published the ideas in 1956 as the chair of a committee put together to study “the effective system of classifying the goals of the education process”. You can read more about Bloom’s Taxonomy here.
Of course, with the increasing amount of technology in our schools and classes, there have been attempts to bring Bloom’s Taxonomy in line with the 21st Century. That’s where this chart is a helpful guide in determining which apps would best help with objectives situated in each of the areas of the taxonomy.
The difference with this wheel, as compared to other Web 2.o Bloom’s Taxonomies out there, like this one, is that it also integrates the SAMR model, which I had never heard of before. Basically, the SAMR model
offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology” (Source).
SAMR is broken down into four separate areas of technology integration: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. This site has a great summary of each of the terms and examples. The nice thing is that the Pedagogy wheel is not focused on one technology device, rather focusing on what the best tools are for the area your lesson is targeting.
Here is the newest version of the wheel. You can also get a clickable poster version by going here. Andrew Church also has a couple of great resource on Bloom’s Taxonomy updated for the digital age here and here.