Blooms Digital Taxonomy

On January 9, 2011, in Pedagogy, by Clive Roberts

As educators we are all familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, created in the 1950′s by Benjamin Bloom, and the more recently revised 2001 version adapted by Lorin Anderson.

Bloms Taxonomy

The original use of nouns was replaced by verbs and top level categories were re-arranged. Each category has a number of sub-categories containing key verbs associated with it:

  • Remembering - recognising, listing, describing, identifying, retrieving, naming, locating, finding
  • Understanding - interpreting, summarising, inferring, paraphrasing, classifying, comparing, explaining, exemplifying
  • Applying – implementing, carrying out, using, executing
  • Analysing – comparing, organising, deconstructing, attributing, outlining, finding, structuring, integrating
  • Evaluating - checking, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting, judging, testing, detecting, monitoring
  • Creating – designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making

Over recent years the pervasive development of ICT has changed the way young people are learning as they apply technology to solve real world problems. Our students have become 21st century learners. But have we become 21st century teachers?

In 2007, to reflect these changes, Andrew Churches further developed and refined Blooms Taxonomy to create Blooms Digital Taxonomy. A taxonomy more aligned with 21st century learning. Here is a diagram that Andrew used to summarise Bloom’s digital taxonomy:

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

(Note that the new ‘digital’ verbs introduced are coloured in blue)

Here is a video version of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs:

Further explanation of Bloom’s digital taxonomy can be viewed at:

Click here for a PDF version of Andrew Churche’s Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Over the coming months I will begin to look at each of the Bloom’s digital taxonomy categories and explore how these may be integrated into learning.

If you would like to collaborate and contribute then please let me know.