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13 Bloom’s Taxonomy apps for showing true thinking skills

By Stephen Noonoo, Editor, @stephenoonoo
November 17th, 2015

Bloom’s Taxonomy apps to enhance thinking skills in creative new ways

Blooms-taxonomyMobile devices have long held promise in that they allow students to tackle problems in almost as many ways as there are apps — that is to say a nearly infinite number. But whereas that flexibility is a boon to students, it can make it hard for educators tasked with the best apps to students to help them realize that potential.

The quest to help students enhance thinking skills and move up Bloom’s Taxonomy exemplifies the point. “It is obvious that the iPad and apps holds tremendous potential,” writes educator Diane Darrow on the website Appitic.com, “but the freedom they afford also requires that educators be able to determine their role in developing our students’ capability to analyze, evaluate, design, and produce content.”

APPitic.com, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories, offers a number of apps pertaining to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Here, we’ve gathered a handful of those apps, arranged by Bloom’s levels, and you can access more on the APPitic site. All of these apps were originally curated by Apple Distinguished Educators via APPitic.

Creation

Apps that fit into the “creating” stage provide opportunities for students generate ideas, design plans, and produce products.

1. Storyrobe
Storyrobe is a mobile digital storytelling application. Create a digital story in three simple steps: Choose images and video, record the audio of the story, and then share with others. $1.

2. Explain Everything
With this beloved screencasting app, students can annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. $3

3. Puppet Pals HD
Create your own unique puppet shows with animation and audio. Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. Free.

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