Cognitive Learning Theory, Graphic Organizers, and Virtual Field Trips

Cognitive learning theory is based on how people process information. Creating networks of information is a way for students to organize knowledge and make recalling this information more manageable (Laureate Education, 2015). By implementing a virtual field trip in which students partake in an interactive video of the exploration of factoring makes the material more relatable. By providing these graphic organizers students are able to draw connections between the concepts and form a more visual memory makes recalling information easier.Students will complete the graphic organizer before working through the video. Giving students the opportunity to see and interact with the graphic organizer before the lesson gives students the chance to focus on topics that will be key throughout the activity (Pitler & Hubbell, 2012). This graphic organizer is formatted two different ways to meet the needs of diverse students. One is the concept map below, and the other is a interactive list in which can help break down the steps for students when practicing factoring.

Link to second version of graphic organizer: file:///Users/ealoverdi/Downloads/New-Mind-Map-1.html



Interactive Video for factoring


Laureate Education (Producer). (2015c). Cognitive learning theories [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Pitler, H., Hubbell, E. R., & Kuhn, M. (2012). Using technology with classroom instruction that works (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.


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