John Sowash had quite a discussion happening at his website, The Electric Educator, on how and why to Google-Proof a Question, using Bloom's Taxonomy.
What does that title suggest to you? John Sowash has a terrific web
post that has turned into an even more in depth conversation.
When I read the title and the post I immediately thought about our digital learners.
digital learners learn and participate differently. Think of how we
learned about reading comprehension. We read a book as a class, we had
the teacher ask us probing questions and if there was time, possibly
six students got to answer the questions. Even in a small group of
students, reflecting on a book, there will be more than a few in the
group who will not speak because they are fearful.
However, fast forward to a book talk by blogging. Our students today
can go further, by posting a comment or replying to a comment on a
blog or ning, there is pride that their comment is valued. When
blogging students have time to be thoughtful and then write their
comment , they are published and that goes further than writing for
their teacher. The best part is that students can speak out and reply
anytime of day, night or weekend. This is a powerful concept for our
The Google it! mode of education today should force all educators to
let go of the notion that we hold the keys to knowledge. Instead we are
facilitators of knowledge. If a question can be answered by Googling
it, then that question should not be the first question we ask. Those
answers are for rote memorization, which our computers do quite
efficiently. The computer gets the A+! However, when we pose
challenges such as , Using all the biome category headers, write a
poem, using vocabulary to illustrate the biome and be sure to address
the interconnectedness among all the biomes, we lead our digital
learners to the types of thinking, creating and uncovering of material
where answers are thoughtful, reflective and tested.
Can you Google-proof your question? Leave a question here and share how you would do this in your classroom.
What do we know about great instruction ?
A Bloom's Taxonomy wheel:
A new Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's and ICT
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