Bloom's and Churches' side by sideEvery teacher has heard of Bloom's Taxonomy, the progression of skills and objectives that it's held teachers must address in order for true learning to take place. If you've never heard of it (because perhaps you've not had formal training as a teacher, or perhaps because you were out with mononucleosis the week it was taught in your pre-service teacher courses), here's a Wikipedia article that's a good place to begin.
This morning my colleague Penny Phillips, erstwhile High School Technology Coordinator and Director of our newly established Computer Science Department at University School of Nashville, sent out a tech group email with a link to Open Education's rundown of a new take on this foundational concept. New Zealand educator Andrew Churches has created a freely available 40 page .pdf file explaining his reworking of Bloom's Taxonomy for the Digital Age. It is a resource worth having on hand if you are interested in helping prepare your students for the future which (if I have heard it once I have heard it a million times) we cannot begin to imagine.
Here's Churches' own site. Remember to read it, and once you understand it, apply your analytical skills to evaluating it for ways to create new valuable learning experiences for your students!!!