iPads, the 5 C’s, and Blooms Taxonomy

The iPad changes the way teachers and students access the web, share media, and learn with portable devices. Explore apps through the lens of the 5 C’s of integration, moving beyond using the device for consumerism, to higher level blooms.

  • Consumers: Using  eReaders such as Kindle or iBooks, online video through apps such as BrainPop, browsing the web for curriculum relevant content, or learning content from curriculum specific apps
  • Curators: taking notes, managing photos and videos and web sites using apps such as Evernote or Notability
  • Contributors: Using apps to comment and participate with others such as Voicethread, WordPress, blogs, and Google Docs
  • Collaborators: Interact and learn with others using apps such as Whiteboard lite,  Educreations Whiteboard, Google Docs, and Socrative or InfuseLearning
  • Creators: Work with apps to create content, such as Videolicious,  iMovie, Pages, Keynote, or Google Docs


There are several iPad integration models:  the one iPad classroom, multiple iPad stations, 2:1 and 1:1. Each offers benefits and drawbacks –  how do you manage these resources in your technology rich classroom?

Another way to look at using iPads is through the lens of Blooms Taxonomy. Take a look at Kathy Schrock’s Blooin’ Apps site for a list of apps that can be used at each of the levels.