Check out this catchy song to help with your understanding of cognitive learning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8mo2CLSKJ8
One particular tool that is very advantageous in kindergarten is advanced organizers. We created a concept map in Inspiration. This concept map allowed students to organize thoughts on the life of the Pilgrims.
One tool from the resources that I plan to implement more in my classroom is virtual field trips. From a practical standpoint these are advantageous because our district is no longer financially able to provide field trips for our students. As a teacher of kindergarten students this is very disappointing because students are able to gain so much more understanding of a topic by actually experiencing it and making connections to prior knowledge (Laureate, 2011). Virtual field trips allow students to experience places and concepts that were impossible in the past.
This week our class took a tour of the Pilgrim Village and learning about the first Thanksgiving. You can take this virtual field trip by going to Scholastic-Thanksgiving. Imagining life so long ago is very difficult for a 5 year old, this field trip helped make it real. The students were so excited to go on a field trip, even if it was only a virtual one!
Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). (2011). Program five: Cognitive learning theory [Video webcast]. Bridging learning theory, instruction and technology. Retrieved from http://laureate.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=5700267&CPURL=laureate.ecollege.com&Survey=1&47=2594577&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=0&bhcp=1
Orey, M. (Ed.). (2001). Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Main_Page