Growing creators (part 1 - The steps of learning)

Are your children using computers and the Internet most of the time in a passive way? Like watching videos, playing games, listening to music and consuming other entertainment using their computer, laptop or tablet.

It’s just the normal. It’s an easy way for children to show this behavior when they don’t know the tools and don’t have the skills to create things themselves.

To be able to change the behavior of children from passive consumers to active creators we need to understand more about learning before we can come up with solutions.

The steps of learning

The pyramid of learning gives us a nice visualization of the steps of learning and the skills needed.

blooms revised taxonomy

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy

 

Creating: Design a new program/machine for a given task. Improve a solution for a given problem.

Evaluating: Select the most effective solution.
Explain and justify a decision.

Analyzing: Troubleshoot a broken piece of equipment/program. Gather information to investigate what is the problem.

Applying: Solve a calculation with new variables.
Construct a good sentence out of given words.

Understanding: Explain in own words…
Give examples of…

Remembering: List the 12 month
Name the capital of a country
Spell a word in the correct way

To be able to invent and create new things we first need to gain knowledge about a topic. After gaining basic knowledge we need to apply the gained knowledge to get experience. When we apply our knowledge, we will encounter issues which we can solve by analyzing the problem and by evaluating our solutions and improving on them we will achieve better results. After we are able to solve problems, and when we have enough experience to solve problems we can invent new ways of solving problem by experimenting with different processes to come up with new solutions.

Remember facts

Remember concepts

Remember procedures

Understand facts

Understand concepts

Understand procedures

Apply facts

Apply concepts

Apply procedures

Analyze facts

Analyze concepts

Analyze procedures

Evaluate facts

Evaluate concepts

Evaluate procedures

Create new facts

Create new concepts

Create new procedures

Now that we know the steps needed to be able to invent and create new things, we can have a look at the tools available to help us with reaching our goals. The tools to reinforce learning will be topic of the next blog post.

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