From the Inside Out: Steps for Best Use of this Tool
- Start with the Core by reviewing you Learning Goals and determine what learning outcomes you’d like to see in your students with the help of technology.
- Establish which Bloom’s Cognitive Domain you want to focus on in attaining this goal.
- Choose 4-6 Action Verbs that might best support your goal, teaching style, and/or the learning styles of your students.
- Focus on 1-2 Activities that best accommodate your chosen Action Verbs.
- Read, test, then choose the best app(s) to carry out the Activities that you have chosen.
- Determine where your Activity fits into the SAMR Model and possibly how you might grow it to another level now or in the future.
Following the steps above could help to transform the learning experience in your classroom for the better, but make sure that you don’t skip a step. However, if you skip right to the iPad Apps ring and chose discovery as your goal, please share with a comment what works for you and how. Enjoy!
Key Features of this Tool
- All 6 Cognitive Domains on equal footing: Remember and Understand of Bloom’s Cognitive Domains often get combined into one category, shorted as lower level thinking. Both of these domains are integral components of a healthy learning environment and deserve their own of focused path of Action Verbs and Activities, so I added a 6th spoke to the wheel.
- Core Goals: The Graduate Capabilities and Attributes are fantastic qualities that I hope all of our students attain before leaving our schools. However, many of these goals are character-based virtues that can certainly be facilitated by a classroom successfully implementing your well established Learning Goals (Technology Goals, Curriculum Goals, Essential Questions, ISTE Standards).
- Quality, Updated, and Budget-minded Apps: All of the apps listed are iPad-only or Universal, mostly free (the few that are $2-5 are well worth the investment), at least 3-star rated in the App Store, and updated within the last 6 months (at time of posting).
- Interactivity for Learning and Discovery: All apps link to the App Store for more detail and downloading. The Bloom’s Cognitive Domains labels link to external sites and tools for greater understanding of both topics.
- Build Your Own iPadagogy Version: One of our administrators had the great idea of creating a version of the Wheel that allows individuals and groups to add their own goals to the Core, develop your own activities, and add your own apps. That’s available as printable handout. PNG PDF
- App Variety: Several apps included can accomplish many of the same activities and accommodate multiple domains. For the sake of variety in discovery, the 75 apps are only mentioned once. Use the Blank Wheel to create your own interpretation.
Primary Resources Used in this Update
- Dr. Carrington’s Original and Updated Padagody Wheels
- AppAnnie, directory of apps with ratings and version history submitted to the App Store
- ISTE Technology Standards
- Differentiator, interactive tool to create learning map based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
- Iowa State University CELT Model of Learning Objectives, Q-bert-like pyramid of learning objectives based on Cognitive Process and Knowledge Dimensions.
- Edtechteacher Apps, app recommendations organized by student tasks.
- Bloom’s Taxonomy Action Verbs.