Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bloom's Taxonomy

Here's a nice little summary of Bloom's Taxonomy updated to fit the aesthetics and cognitive framework of the information age. In particular, I like how they look at mash-ups, tagging, linking, etc.

While many of these activities occupy a grey area that prevents them being completely analogous to Bloom's taxonomy, this reworking of the terms nonetheless has some heuristic value to help us educators think about what we're doing:

  • Mashing – mash ups are the integration of several data sources into a single resource. Mashing data currently is a complex process but as more options and sites evolve this will become an increasingly easy and accessible means of analysis.
  • Linking – this is establishing and building links within and outside of documents and web pages.
  • Reverse-engineering – this is analogous with deconstruction. It is also related to cracking often with out the negative implications associated with this.
  • Cracking – cracking requires the cracker to understand and operate the application or system being cracked, analyse its strengths and weaknesses and then exploit these.
  • Validating – With the wealth of information available to students combined with the lack of authentication of data, students of today and tomorrow must be able to validate the veracity of their information sources. To do this they must be able to analyse the data sources and make judgements based on these.
  • Tagging – This is organising, structuring and attributing online data, meta-tagging web pages etc. Students need to be able understand and analyse the content of the pages to be able to tag it.

The article is definitely worth a look. There is a lot more than what I'm linking to here.

As for me, it dawned on me that much of what I produce* for the web covers several categories at once. Like this blog entry, it is part tagging (to remember and organize), part mash-up, part analysis. Depending on the subject matter, my mood and the amount of time I have, each one of those (or other) rubrics dominates.

*Whatever production means? Is my latest twitter a production? Is quoting someone and linking to them production. I think it is, but many nuances have to be applied to it.

Anyway, take a look at the article, it's worth a read.