Rethinking the ‘Natives and Immigrants’ debate. Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital learner.

October 19, 2010 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Digital Era, e-learning 

Yesterday I wrote a piece on teenagers and the social media environment they are living in. This resulted in so many great discussions with various colleagues through twitter, face to face and on the phone. Matt huges also passed me a great prezi which I have looked at three times now and I think it would be really useful to pass it on. As I have often said, the students I taught 10 years ago are dramatically different to those I teach today. Whilst the class of 2000 were more digital immigrant than native those who I teach today live in an immersive world of communication where online is all pervasive.

When thinking about our learners and their learning environments almost all teachers will be familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy which classifies learning objectives into levels. The key question which arises is how does Bloom’s Taxonomy remain relevant in such a fast changing learning environment where the very nature of the ‘learning’ is continually being reshaped. The presentation which Matt passed on to me looks at the response to this through the creation of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This identifies the nature of the learning which can take place within our digital environments and classifies this into levels. Well worth 5 minutes of your time and really made me reflect all over again on how important collaboration is within our 21st Century learning environments.

Generation Y moves into the cloud with OnLive.. YouTube a greater influence than MTV

As a teacher of 10 years I spend a lot of my time thinking about how to engage students in their learning and understand (but not be in) their culture.  Last month I ran a series of blogs looking at teen culture, what their motivation points are and how we can engage them with online learning and technology in general. As a recap here are the posts which relate to this topic:

  1. Digital natives coming to a school near you
  2. Using SharePoint to engage teens without web 2.0
  3. SharePoint as on Online Learning tool for teens
  4. Student Collaboration in SharePoint forums
  5. Snow days 1 and 2-What did our students do?

In the second post above I outlined the increasing influence of online mediums over the entertainment of older generations. Music is clearly the number one driving force for teens followed closely by gaming. Just take a look at this preview video for a new gaming service launched this week called OnLive.


There is also an interesting article on the BBC today showing that in the 15-24 age range more people watch music (interesting phrase- watch music) on YouTube than television. It would appear that these two major influences have been enhanced and developed by the coming of the Internet and particularly broadband. Although the era of cloud computing is not yet fully here it can only be a matter of time before high speed Internet completely changes the way we use devices in the home and elsewhere. Returning to the idea of my nephew who I blogged about earlier in the week, I genuinely believe that the use of cloud computing and wifi will dominate the lives of young people both in school and at home within the next decade.