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Understanding builds relationships and links knowledge. At this taxonomic level the students should understand the processes and concepts essentially they are able to explain or describe these. They can summarise and rephrase these into their own words.

There is a clear difference between remembering, the recall of facts and knowledge in its various forms like listing, bullet points, highlighting etc, and understanding. One only has to look at the young child who can count from 1 to 10 but can not tell you how many fingers you are holding up. Or the student who can recite for you the first 20 elements of the periodic table in sequence but can not tell you about each or relate their position in the table to the number of electrons in the outer shell and from there explain the behaviour of the element. This Understanding is building relationships and constructing meaning

The following are some of the key terms for this aspect of the Taxonomy.
  • Interpreting
  • Summarising
  • Inferring
  • Paraphrasing
  • Classifying
  • Comparing
  • Explaining
  • Exemplifying

Anderson and Krathwohl's taxonomy – Understanding

2. Understanding: Constructing meaning from different types of function be they written or graphic.
The digital additions and their justifications are as follows:
  • Advanced and Boolean Searching - This is a progression from the previous category. Students require a greater depth of understanding to be able to create, modify and refine searches to suit their search needs.
  • Blog Journalling – This is the simplest of the uses for a blog, simply a student “talks” “writes” or “type” a daily or task specific journal. This show a basic understanding of the activity report upon. The blog can be used to develop higher level thinking when used for discussion and collaboration.
  • Categorising & Tagging – digital classification - organising and classify files, web sites and materials using folders, using Del.ico,us and other similar tools beyond simple bookmarking. This can be organising, structuring and attributing online data, meta-tagging web pages etc. Students need to be able understand the content of the pages to be able to tag it
  • Commenting and annotating – a variety of tools exist that allow the user to comment and annotate on web pages, pdf files and other documents. The user is developing understanding by simply commenting on the pages. This is analogous with writing notes on hand outs, but is potentially more powerful as you can link and index these.
  • Subscribing – Subscription takes bookmarking in its various forms and simple reading one level further. The act of subscription by itself does not show or develop understanding but often the process of reading and revisiting the subscribe feeds leads to greater understanding.

Key Terms - Understanding:

Interpreting, Summarising, inferring, paraphrasing, classifying, comparing, explaining, exemplifying, Advanced searching, boolean searching, blog journalling, tagging, categorising and tagging, commenting, annotating, subscribing
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Rubric and resources

external image pdf.png blogging rubric.pdf
external image pdf.png threaded discussion rubric.pdf (This is a two part rubric with Evaluating in the more complex format)
external image pdf.png advanced search rubric.pdf
external image pdf.png Starter sheet - Adv Google search.pdf