Making cognitive connections
The Making Cognitive Connections approach teaches the fundamental technical skills necessary to operate a smart device while simultaneously drawing a parallel to the cognitive skills that underlie the development of those technical skills.
|Cognitive skill||Evernote feature/function||Examples of how the cognitive skill applies to Evernote features/functions|
|Attention to detail||Notebook vs. stack||Attention must be paid to whether a note is part of a notebook or part of a stack.|
|Sequencing||Assigning notes to notebooks||There are certain steps that must be done in the right order to assign a note to a specific notebook.|
|Categorization||Stacks||Stacks should contain notebooks that are similar in content.|
|Decision making||Notebooks vs. stacks||Decision making is required when determining whether to add a note to a notebook or whether a stack should be created to help better organize the information.|
Focusing on the cognitive skills required to use the device and then applying those same cognitive skills to everyday life examples makes this approach practical, concrete, relevant, and transferable.
|Cognitive skills||Evernote example||Example of real-life parallel|
|Categorization||Differentiating between notebooks||You have lots of nails or screws and categorize them into pullout drawers.|
|Decision making||Deciding what specific stack a notebook should be associated with.||Deciding which notetaking technique will provide the best results.|
|Sequencing||Following a defined set of steps to create a stack.||Following specific steps to connect a cable box to a TV.|