There are several ways that technology can be used to emphasize the cognitive theory of development. The cognitivist persepective states that learning is a mental operation that takes place when information enters the senses and then undergoes mental manipulation and then stored and eventually used(Lever-Duffy, J. & McDonald, J.,2008). There are many ways in the learning resources that showed how this can occur. One way is with Word processing programs. This includes graphic organizers to help organize information in which a student can organize their reading or notes. They can use KWL charts to help establish what they know, what they want to know and what they learn. Using mutlimedia can help to activiate prior knowledge. Students can then use this information to help them to understand the new information they receive.
One area that my students struggle with is summarizing information they have learned. They give me a look that says, "How do you do that". A graphic organizer would help them to do this but computers are not always available to do this. I feel this would be a very beneficial way for my students to be able to summarize the information they are given. I am fortunate that I have a least three computers in my room but ideally I would love to have a computer for each student.
I would really love to be able to use wikis and blogs with my students. Unfortunately most of them are blocked by our school or my students do not have internet access at home. I will continue to do what I can with the technology that is available to me and hope that one day I can have laptops for all my students.
•Lever-Duffy, J. & McDonald, J. (2008). Theoretical Foundations (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
•Chapter 1: Theoretical Foundations, pp. 2–35