The highest level of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy is ‘create’. There are clear and obvious links between this and the potential use of technology in our classrooms.
I saw this post from the Instructional Technology Division of the Winston-Salem School Board. It outlines some very simple ideas for using Movie Maker in our classrooms. I have used these ideas and many like them in the past and have always been struck by the ease the students have using this (and similar) software even at a young age. For example, I have used the “moving timelines with pictures” idea with students as young as grade 3.
My point here is that these ideas of ‘creation’ are not limited by grade level. The act of creating something new out of your learning is something students should be engaged in from JK to Grade 12. Our job as educators is to provide these opportunities and not to limit the creative process. If students are comfortable with software, or even with learning the software, we should allow them to do so. Their first efforts may not be as eye-catching or effective as a traditional pen and paper approach, but let’s face facts: by the time these students enter the workforce what are the chances they are required to do anything with pen and paper?