ETL501 Topic 1: The learning & teaching context of information resource provision

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This topic was very thought provoking and insightful.

The blog by Sowash about “Google-proof questioning” (2009) and using this to incorporate Blooms revised taxonomy highlighted some very useful techniques for educators to foster higher order thinking in learners. Since the creation of such search engines as Google, students have an abundance of information at their fingertips which could seem to provide easy answers without much effort on the students part (Sowash, 2009, para. 1-4). Sowash’s article highlighted the responsibility of educators to foster the skills for higher order thinking in Blooms taxonomy. This will require students to use search engines such as Google to analyse, interpret, create, evaluate, investigate and not just rely on search engines for the easy answers. This in turn can aid learners to think more deeply and critically. The use of search engines and other technologies offer exciting opportunities, both for teachers and learners.

The website by Schrock (2013) offers excellent tools and ideas for educators to incorporate quality e-resources to support Bloom’s revised taxonomy.

References

Schrock, K. (2013). Bloomin’ apps. In Kathy Schrock’s guide to everything. Retrieved from http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html

Sowash, J. R. (2009, November 6). Google-proof questioning: A new use for bloom’s taxonomy [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://electriceducator.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/google-proof-questioning-new-use-for.html

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