Monday, February 21, 2011

Bloom's Taxonomy Part 5: Evaluating

This is the fifth in a series of six posts dedicated to Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teaching Higher Order Thinking Skills with Interactive Online Content. Four previous posts on remembering, understanding, applying, and analyzing can be viewed here, here, here, and here.

Level Five: Evaluating

This level includes the skills of assessing, recommending, choosing, justifying and rating. Students are asked to critique, to judge, to make recommendations and to justify those recommendations.

Here are two examples of online activities for evaluating:

K-2 Bar Graph Creator

Ask your students to create a bar graph to represent data they have gathered and then draw conclusions from that data.

3-6 Perp Walk

Students listen to suspect interviews and evaluate their answers before choosing the true criminal.

To learn about more activities for evaluating and to discover resources for remembering, understanding, analyzing, evaluating, and creating, sign up for StarrMatica’s free Webinars: Bloom’s Taxonomy for K-2 and Bloom’s Taxonomy for 3-6: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Monday, February 14, 2011

A StarrMatica Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Read below to learn how you could have a chance to win a 1-year StarrMatica Classroom Membership valued at $300!

• Do you spend too much time getting your interactive lessons ready?

• Is your interactive whiteboard used less often than it could be because you don’t have time to create content?

• Do you wish you had lessons already prepared to be used on your interactive whiteboard?

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StarrMatica’s main focus is an online library of over 3,800 K-6 reading, math, and science simulations, animations, activities, games and assessments searchable by grade, topic, National Core Curriculum, state standards and textbook curriculums. StarrMatica is used on every brand of interactive technology by thousands of teachers and students every day.

Visit the StarrMatica Kids page to check out a sample of StarrMatica’s activities or sign up for a one week free trial to get a taste of what StarrMatica offers and how useful this membership could be for your classroom.

Contest Rules

1. Leave a comment on this post stating how you would use a StarrMatica Classroom Membership to enhance instruction or students’ learning.

2. To receive TWO additional entries, leave a comment (a copy is fine) on the Giveaway Posts on StarrMatica Learning Systems Facebook Page and on Interactive Content Corner Blog.

3. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on Monday, February 28th.

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Good luck!