The next level on Bloom’s Taxonomy is the “understanding” level. What does it mean to understand? How can we assess whether or not students understand a concept?
Below are some tools that we can use to assess whether or not students “understand” a concept:
- Students can use this tool to compare and contrast terms, concepts, events, etc. This is a collaborative tool which can encourage students to work together as well as utilize technology to emphasize 21st century skills!
- Twitter and Answer Garden
- Students can use these tools to summarize or paraphrase concepts, events, or even their own understanding. Twitter and Answer Garden require users to keep posts and comments within a certain character count..Twitter-140; Answer Garden-20. This forces students to think about their understanding of a concept and rephrase the description…lots of learning processes!
- If using Twitter or Answer Garden isn’t an option, an activity such as “Let’s Tweet!” can accomplish the task of summarizing or paraphrasing in a different way.
- Wow, I love Wordle! This tool can be used in so many ways. Wordle can help students make generalizations about a speech or a selection from a text. Students can use word cloud generators like Wordle to note major concepts or ideas from virtually anything! These tools can help students pick up on trends within a text or speech…and they’re fun!