Stick Pick is an app with great potential as a teacher tool. The teacher can add one or more classes within the app. To each class, the teacher adds individual student names, determining the type and level of questioning to use for each student from the following categories: Bloom’s Taxonomy, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, or ESL. Once all students are entered, their sticks appear in a cup from which the teacher can randomly or purposefully choose names. As each student is chosen, a list of question stems from their particular assigned level appears on the screen. This is a wonderful way for teachers to differentiate impromptu questions for students.
SOLO stands for “Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes”. I came across this taxonomy when I was researching another resource that I will be offering in tomorrow’s post. I thought it might be helpful to offer this one first just in case you, like me, have never heard of SOLO.
The graphic below, taken from the Otonga Primary School blog, gives an overview of SOLO:
I highly recommend that you visit the Otonga Primary School site, as it gives great examples of each of the thinking stages.
Some of you may note that this looks a bit like Bloom’s Taxonomy. I noticed this, too. So, I dug a bit deeper to try to find the difference, and discovered this page by Pam Hook that outlines what she considers to be the advantages of SOLO over Bloom’s. I am not certain I agree with all of her statements, particularly that Bloom’s Taxonomy is more for teacher use than student use, but this post does help to clarify some of the differences.
I have not had professional development with SOLO, so I cannot speak to its effectiveness, but I do think that it is an interesting concept, and I am particularly intrigued by the Relational stage, which I will discuss more in tomorrow’s post.
Shape Collage is a free app for iDevices that allows the user to use photos on the device to create collages in different shapes, such as stars, paw prints, puzzle pieces, etc… You can even type in your own text, and the photos will conform to the words. Once you have created the collage, you can save it to your Photo Album, or share it via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. If you do not have an iDevice, there is a similar program online called Loupe. The biggest difference between the app and the website is that, on Loupe, you are loading your pictures from an online sharing site, and do not have the option to load them directly from your computer.
Shape Collage is a great app for Creating, the highest level of Bloom’s New Taxonomy. Students can create collages that conform to shapes related to what they are studying, or the shape of a text that gives a meaningful message. The collages can be another way for students to express themselves poetically with pictures.