Educational institutions worldwide are recognizing that teaching core subjects alone is not sufficient to equip students for the knowledge economy. To be prepared for the demands of the knowledge economy, students “need to know how to use their knowledge and skills- by thinking critically, applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing information, comprehending new ideas, communicating, collaborating, solving problems, and making decisions.” . One important skill students need to have is 'thinking skills'. Thinking skills is defined as “thinking creatively, making decisions, solving problems, seeing things in the mind's eye, knowing how to learn and reasoning.” . In 1956, Benjamin Bloom and his team of educational psychologists, developed a hierarchy, popularly referred to as “Bloom's Taxonomy”, to categorize 6 levels of thinking.
In this paper, we will briefly explain this taxonomy, using examples from the Learning Objects developed by ITE to illustrate how we design and develop online learning activities that are aimed at helping students to develop thinking skills.
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