Bloom’s Presented Visually

Creative educators everywhere are putting together interesting visual representations of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. I have been using Scoop.It to quickly capture some of this content, publish and share it. 

In this collection you will find The Blooming Orange, by Learning Today. This my favorite model because it presents a simplified way to think about Bloom’s. Visit Learning Today to learn more and print a copy of this poster to hang in your workspace.

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Civil Rights HotSpots

A few years ago I used Dipity to create this multimedia timeline, Civil Rights Hotspots. I recently recycled the timeline for use with a Common Core aligned student driven learning activity I designed, Struggle for Justice. In case you have never run across the timeline on this blog, I thought I would republish it as a stand alone.

Click on any event in the timeline to view details and images, or choose to view as a flipbook, list, or map instead.

Digital Literacy: How to Embed Almost Anything

One of the things I look for in a Web 2.0 tool is a built in embed feature that allows users to display live 3rd party content in a blog or website so visitors don’t have to leave the page. Fortunately many Web 2.0 tools include an auto-generated embed code that can be copied and pasted into the html or source of a blog or website to display live content, but if a tool doesn’t include that feature you can usually use an iFrame to embed the content yourself.

iFrame Code

<iframe src="http://InsertUrlHere” height=”1000px;” width=”920px” border=”1″ id=”frameName”>

How To 

  1. Copy the  iFrame code above to your clipboard.
  2. Click on the button to view the HTML or Source or choose a HTML gadget or widget.
  3. Paste the code into the desired location.
  4. In a new tab, go to the site where the object you want to embed lives and copy the web address to your clipboard.
  5. Paste the URL into the iFrame code to replace the text InsertUrlHere.
  6. Save and preview.
  7. If you need to adjust the size of your embedded object, simply return to the HTML or Source and substitute appropriate dimensions for height and width. Keep in mind, 72 pixels = 1 inch.

<iframe src="http://InsertUrlHere&quot; height=”1000px;” width=”920px” border=”1″ id=”frameName”>

Trying to get the embedded item in a specific location on the page can be tricky. Use the Find Tool to assist with the task.
  1. While still in the text editor choose the location you want the embedded feature to appear.
  2. Type the word HERE! 
  3. Switch to the HTML mode or Source.
  4. Use the Find Tool (control + f) to search for text HERE!
  5. Place your cursor over the text and paste the embed code there.
  6. Return to the text editor to view.

Vocabulary & Significant Text: I Have a Dream

Common Core Shift 6 suggests that it is important to dig deeper into Tier II vocabulary words. Tier II  words are those words that are found across many content areas and change meaning depending on context.

An effective way to dig deeper into vocabulary words

  • Identify significant text in digital format.
  • Wordle the text to find the most frequently used words.
  • Return to the Digital text and use the Find Tool to find occurrences of those words in the text.
  • Dig deeper through discussion, writing, research and drawing.

I Have a Dream, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Here is an Exerp


    Mystery Photos

    A few years ago I used Mystery Photos to kickoff some collaborative discussions among students participating in an online learning project I had the pleasure of facilitating, Regions of the United States. The ideas here are supported by the Common Core and worth revisiting. (CCSS SL-5,  CCSS W-7)

    Mystery Photos

    Do some research. Engage in an online discussion. Create your own mystery photo.


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    Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill

    “Computer science is having a
     revolutionary impact on scientific research and discovery. Simply put, it is nearly impossible to do scholarly research in any scientific or engineering discipline without an ability to think computationally. The impact of computing extends far beyond science, however, affecting all aspects of our lives. To flourish in today’s world, everyone needs computational thinking.”

    Please enjoy this video, shared by +Paula Naugle