Introduction PowerPoint ·
· This is a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation I would use to introduce the revised taxonomy to my department. I looked at a number of other PowerPoint presentations, and this one seemed to be much more clear, focused, and helpful.
· It would take a couple of hours to get through the entire presentation, including the activities, so an In-Service half-day would be needed. I might revise some of the slides toward the middle of the presentation, or delete them all together.
· Classroom assessment strategies are addressed in the examples given.
· Break-out groups could be used during the presentation. Perhaps groups could create social studies-only examples for each of the six skills.

http://www.openeducation.net/2008/04/11/blooms-taxonomy-and-the-digital-world/

· This is a summary of Churches’ Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, where he translates each of the skills into the technological world. I like it because it is easy to understand and fairly succinct.
· After teaching about the revised taxonomy, I would present this site as alternatives to regular classroom assessment activities. If the students are able to use their knowledge in ways they feel comfortable and excited about, they become responsible for much of their own learning. This is the learning that is long-lasting. · I am fairly young, but a complete techno-phobe; I cannot imagine how many of the older teachers feel. This site presents different collaborative activities for the students in each of the skills areas.
· I’ve been working on a blog in my classroom, and it is so easy to share by simply sending a link. Imagine all of the sharing of ideas that can be done by doing this on a school-wide level…

http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/21st+Century+Assessment
· What a find this whole site is! I thought this page was particularly helpful, as it pertains strictly to the importance of bringing assessment into the 21st century. I really like the “math” equation, hand-written on the right side, as a visual for the message of the site.
· This site would be part of my whole professional development series on the revised taxonomy. It stresses the higher-order thinking skills in the taxonomy as the application of real-world skills. Collaboration skills are key to one’s success in the future, and the types of assessment it suggests will help students with this.
· This site is all about assessment. It also brings to attention the need for self and peer assessment.
· This site stresses collaboration. Not only is it essential for students, but for educators on a professional level.

http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/41400/41340.pdf
This is a pamphlet from the National School Boards Association on the prevalence and importance of social networking. It seems to be a lesson on why school policies need to change and why the blocks on various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the like need to come down, if they are going to be used for educational purposes. This would need to be approved by each school board, and this pamphlet provides a lot of key figures and information on why, psychologically and educationally, it is necessary for students.

http://www.edtechtrain.com/PA/docs/Coaches/Bloomsplanningsheet.pdf
· This is not a website, but a great graphic organizer for planning using the revised Bloom’s taxonomy.
· I would use this in the professional development of my department to come up with effective activities and assessments for each unit in our social studies curriculum.
· This sheet gives very clear suggestions for various assessment strategies.
· I would suggest that each member of the department take a particular unit and create assignments and assessments for that unit. After, I would reproduce each sheet for the entire department. Many teachers are not very keen on sharing their ideas, but hopefully by this point in the professional development, they will see the benefit in dong so for themselves and for their students.

http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/2008/10/ten-tips-for-growing-your-learning.html
· Here is a “10 Tips for Growing Your Learning Network” page on an Educational Technology blog. There are hundreds of educational blog links on the right side. People respond and submit ideas, and there are very recent additions… very much a current and active site.
· If most of my department, including myself, are novices in the collaboration world, we’re going to need help getting started.
· There are links to classroom assessment activities elsewhere on the site, but does not really pertain to this page. It will, however, teach the teachers what different technological ways there are out there to assess the students.
· This site is all about professional collaboration, as it is intended to teach you how to do just that.

http://www.apa.org/ed/new_blooms.html
· Again, not an interactive website, but I chose this site because of the graphic towards the bottom of the taxonomy circle. Just this one circle gave me dozens of ideas of activities and various meaningful assessments, especially in the new “Create” category.
· Similar to the other graphic organizer I listed above, teachers could collaborate on the different authentic assessments they develop based on the new taxonomy.