Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Hello colleagues, It's an understatement to say that educators have been using more technology than ever over the past year. I've often said that enhancing digital literacy skills among both teachers and learners can be viewed as the silver lining of the pandemic.  

A tool I have often found useful when considering the rigor of instruction is Bloom's Taxonomy. Here are the six levels with each level requiring more demanding higher-order thinking skills:

  • 6 Creating
  • 5 Evaluating
  • 4 Analyzing
  • 3 Applying
  • 2 Understanding
  • 1 Remembering

Since many teachers and learners are becoming more and more adept at various digital skills, it seems an appropriate time to think again about the level of learner engagement in our teaching. Interestingly, digital skills have been aligned with Bloom's which is now referred to as Bloom's Digital Taxonomy.

What types of digital skills are aligned with the various levels of this updated taxonomy? According to Obiageli Sneed, the following activities are aligned with the lowest level Remembering.

  • Bookmarking
  • Copying
  • Highlighting
  • Searching

What are your thoughts about this alignment? Of course these are not the only digital activities one could engage learners in at the level of Remembering. What other digital tasks might align well with the lowest level of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy? 

Here are the tasks aligned Sneed aligns with the highest level, Creating.

  • Blogging
  • Filming
  • Podcasting
  • Directing

I've had learners in my advanced English class do some brainstorming/mind mapping to consider what they knew about Mohandas Gandhi on Jamboard recently. An activity such as this could align with Level 4 Analyzing.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about other digital activities that you've engaged learners in and for suggesting a level on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for the activities. I love a tool like this that helps us to think about increasing the rigor of our teaching!

Take care, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP