New 3D Model of Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning

Have you heard of Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning? Find it difficult to understand? Then perhaps this 3D model I found on Twitter should help. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

Bloom's Taxonomy is a scale that ranks cognitive processes according to difficulty and the type of knowledge dimension required to perform the various processes. The simplest process is “listing” and the most difficult is “creating.” Listing only requires factual knowledge and the ability to remember, whereas creating requires metacognitive  processes and the ability to make something new. The 3D model below, posted by School Leaders Now on Twitter and created by Iowa State University, will help you understand the full scale. You can also check out a larger version of this image here.

blooms taxonomy of learning

At first, the concept looks difficult to understand, but this chart breaks it down and into digestible parts.  Each block represents a different function a student should undergo when performing the task. Those are listed in red. In blue is an example of the activity the student is performing and the knowledge they're required to collect.

Did any part of this chart confuse you? How have you used Bloom's Taxonomy in your classroom or own school work before?

Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to editor@simplek12.com.