Applying Blooms Digital Taxonomy to Address Creativity and Second Order Digital Divide in Internet Skills

Applying Blooms Digital Taxonomy to Address Creativity and Second Order Digital Divide in Internet Skills

Aparna Purushothaman (Aalborg University, Denmark)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0643-0.ch020


Internet technologies play a significant role to enhance creativity of the students in learning environments. Internet literacy is vital to effectively use the Internet tools to enhance creative learning environments. In the developing countries Internet literacy is still an unfulfilled dream for students coming from underprivileged backgrounds thus bringing a digital divide in skills. The chapter draws upon an empirical study done in India on how an intervention comprised of Internet training designed on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and action research workshops based on the learning domains of the digital taxonomy was an effective approach for empowering women students through learning to use the Internet. The chapter puts forward the argument that an intervention for learning to use the Internet can be effective where focus is on the reflective and conceptual skills in using the Internet than focusing too much on the content that is dynamic.
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Internet Skills: Inevitable For Creativity In Learning

Out of all the ICTs, Internet technologies plays a vital role in bringing creative ways of learning and engagement opportunities for learners of this generation. The rapid expansion of free electronic educational material on the Internet has given those fortunate enough to have access to it in a new way of acquiring information (Hatakka & Lagsten, 2012). Internet technologies have accentuated the need for creative thinking in all aspects of our lives, and have also provided tools that can help us improve and reinvent ourselves and has called for a growing engagement with a ‘making and doing’ culture for creativity (Zhou & Purushothaman, 2015).

Key Terms in this Chapter

Internet Skill: The reflective and conceptual skills needed to engage and take out the relevant content from the Internet.

Second-Order Digital Divide: Differences in access and usage of technology among people when there is scope for access.

Digital Divide: Differences in the access and usage of technology across people.

Creativity: Development of original and innovative ideas.

Internet Self-Efficacy: Confidence in ones ability to use the Internet.

Technophobia: Fear of using the technology/Internet because of anxiety and helplessness when interacting with the particular technology.

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