Integrate iPads Into Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy With This ‘Padagogy Wheel’

You’re going to want to turn on your printer and fire up a PDF viewer. This is just that good. It’s called the Padagogy Wheel and it offers a fantastically useful perspecitve on how to figure out which iPad apps work with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. Created by Allan Carrington, this thing is a monster and deserves some focused attention. So I’d make a personal plea to save the hi-res image (below) or print out the PDF (available here) and then spend your long weekend closely examining this thing.

The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom’s. On Allan’s blog (check it out, it’s great!) he explains that not every app is perfect and that there’s always room to improve. So I’d recommend you check out his blog and offer up your comments, questions, etc. as he ha spent a pantload of time on this thing and I just know you’d enjoy learning about this if you haven’t already.

What do you think of some of the apps and where they’re placed on the wheel? Are there some missing? Personally, I think a lot of the apps could live in multiple parts of the wheel (like Twitter, for example, could live in ‘Analyse’ as well as ‘Apply’) and that this thing could be even bigger than the 62 apps you see below. Another interesting note is that ‘Remember’ and ‘Understand’ are combined. In any case, this wheel is flat-out awesome and I don’t usually get this excited about visual guides. This one is just different and my digital hat goes off to Allan for his hard work. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

The Padagogy Wheel:

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The Padagogy Wheel by Allan Carrington is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.  Based on a work at


  1. Allan Carrington

    May 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Hi there

    This is the second attempt to post a comment. The last was a lengthy comment. I pressed submit and the comment disappeared but not acknowledgement of receipt. PLease confirm it was received

    • Jeff Dunn

      May 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Hey Allan, I don’t see the lengthy comment anywhere. Sorry! No idea why it wouldn’t go through.

      • Allan Carrington

        May 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        Hi will try again

        • Allan Carrington

          May 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

          Hi Jeff
          Just tried again. Trust me to write a comment with too many words in it maybe that’s why it didn’t work again. So just to get the contents up here unless you can make a better way, please find a PDF here. Click to download

          Regards Allan

          • Jeff Dunn

            May 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

            I’m assuming it was too long – great comment though and thanks again for all your hard work (and for all the others whose shoulders you stand on, of course).

  2. Allan Carrington

    May 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hi everyone

    I have just published The Padagogy Wheel V2.0. This is an expanded and upgraded version. It includes at its core the concept of Graduate attributes and capabilities and helps the teacher or learning designer to think through how the technology enhanced activities are being designed by applying the SAMR Model as a filter on the outer circle of the wheel. Please visit the blog post to understand how helpful V2.0 can be.


  3. Frank

    June 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thank you so much. This is going to be a great tool for helping our teachers work through the morass of apps out there. I have seen many teachers see exciting apps but not use them in a way that fits with learning. I know it will help in PD this next year.