Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps

LearningToday shares with everyone two beautiful posters, that help us remember Bloom’s Taxonomy: the Blooming Butterfly and the Blooming Orange.

How do we connect the Bloom’s Taxonomy with the iPad?

Following inDave Mileham and  Kelly Tenkeley’s footsteps of assigning iPad apps to the different levels of the Bloom’s Taxonomy, I created the following table with apps that I have tested out and am recommending. (Click to see a larger version of the image)

In order to make the cut, the app had to fulfill the criteria (from Wikipedia and according to the Blooming Orange’s verbs) set out for each level. You will notice that several apps that are in the same app category (ex. screencasting: ShowMe, ScreenChomp and ExplainEverything) are represented on different levels of the Bloom’s. The explanation is that each one of the apps can be used for the different levels. It is not to say that the ShowMe app could not be used on the “Analyzing” level. Also, be aware that simply by using one of the above mentioned app DOES NOT mean that you are working on the specified thinking level. Ex. you could ask your students to use the ScreenChomp app to simply list and record themselves “remembering” facts that they previously had memorized.

I want to encourage/challenge you, to take a look at the iPad apps on YOUR iPad and to categorize these apps with the different thinking levels and THEN take the next step to SHARE your list with other educators. Leave a comment below to link to your list/graphic/table.

Remember: Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers.

  • describe
  • name
  • find
  • name
  • list
  • tell

Suggested apps:

Understand: Demonstrative understanding of facts and ideas by being able to:

  • explain
  • compare
  • discuss
  • predict
  • translate
  • outline
  • restate

Suggested Apps:

Apply: Using new knowledge. Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way

  • show
  • complete
  • use
  • examine
  • illustrate
  • classify
  • solve

Suggested Apps:

Analyze: Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations

  • compare
  • examine
  • explain
  • identify
  • categorize
  • contrast
  • investigate

Suggested Apps:

Evaluate: Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas or quality of work based on a set of criteria

  • justify
  • assess
  • prioritize
  • recommend
  • rate
  • decide
  • choose

Suggested Apps


  • plan
  • invent
  • compose
  • design
  • construct
  • imagine

Suggested Apps: