Tech Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher Order Thinking for Beginners

Session Focus:  Mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Example activities that promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness across grade levels will be modeled during this session.

Analyze - Blooms Taxonomy Higher Thinking

The following are some of the key terms for this aspect of the Taxonomy.

● Comparing
● Organizing
● Deconstructing
● Attributing
● Outlining
● Finding
● Structuring
● Integrating

Examples of types of Analyzing Questions -

  • What is the distinction between______?
  • What is the function of _____?
  • How would you classify _____?

Examples of Analyzing Products -

  • Design a survey to gather data.
  • Write a commercial to sell a product.
  • Produce a Venn diagram?
  • Illustrate data with a graph and use it.

Technology Tools for Analyzing -

  • Survey Monkey - Survey
  • Flisti - Polling
  • Google Forms - Survey
  • Audacity - Use the Playback Feature to Analyze Fluency
  • Inspiration - Network Program
  • Compare the Similiarities and Differences between News Coverage from BBC News versus CNN
  • World Weather - Have students record weather data from 3 - 4 days out and then compare the prediction to the actual statistics
  • Wufoo - Online Forms

Evaluate - Blooms Taxonomy Higher Thinking

The following are some of the key terms for this aspect of the Taxonomy.

● Checking
● Hypothesising
● Critiquing
● Experimenting
● Judging
● Testing
● Detecting
● Monitoring

Examples of types of Evaluate Questions -

  • How would you prove (or disprove)...?
  • What choice would you have made if...?
  • How would you evaluate the ideas in...?

Examples of Evaluating Products -

  • Hold a discussion of different viewpoints.
  • Prepare a list of judging criteria.
  • Conduct a debate.
  • Present their point of view.


Technology Tools for Evaluating -

Blogger - Free web publishing tool

Math Trappers - App

Quadratic Formula Solver

Create - Blooms Taxonomy Higher Thinking

The following are some of the key terms for this aspect of the Taxonomy.

● Designing
● Constructing
● Planning
● Producing
● Inventing
● Devising
● Making

Examples of Types of Creating Questions -

  • How would you improve _____?
  • What would happen if you combined _____?
  • Predict the outcome of _____?

Examples of Creating Products -

  • Sell an idea, create a PSA.
  • Invent a new machine for a specific task.
  • Set goals for their own learning.
  • Devise a way to...

Technology Tools for Evaluating -


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