It never ceases to amaze me how interesting the brain and how it works is. Cognitive learning is taking an idea and getting students to connect what they already know to what they are learning. A teacher has to find ways to use students prior knowledge and building on it. If a teacher wants students to take hold of a concept they must find ways to connect with the student and make it relevant. In cognitive learning theories talk about how we understand, retain, and recall information. If a student can relate the information to something they already know it will help them retain it and be able to recall it.
Technology resources that we have learned about this week are very exciting resources. Mind mapping and virtual field trips are two resources that I am very excited about using. I have made a mind map about the elements of art on Bubblus and found it to be very easy to use and make. The virtual field trips are so fascinating. I had no idea they could be so much fun. My biggest problem will be to decide which one to use first. I see these field trips as ways to help kids see and go places that they might not ever be able to go to or see.