The Global and Personal Impacts of Not Being Digitally Literate

I made my first ever INFOGRAPHIC using It’s free to register and really easy to use. I’m no graphic designer, but I’m really impressed with the results!


I used Padlet to pin all my notes in one place.

Please feel free to collaborate with me here!

If I can do it, you can too!


The Components of a Digital Reflective Practice Record

To make a reflection a successful activity for professional development there needs to be an adequate description of the learning event, where the reflector can highlight aspects of the session they felt were at fault but withholding personal judgement and not making conclusions at this point.

The influencing factors need to be considered and this can be done in an evaluation of the session. The reflector must ask them self what happened in this type of situation before, what they have learned from delivering the session previously, and how the learning or empirical knowledge has encouraged their reasoning.

A way to do this digitally is to keep a video diary. This can easily be achieved with many different video applications, or native voice recording applications supplied on smartphones and tablets. Recording the feelings and descriptions in a timely manner is important to capture little details that are often overlooked when a reflective practitioner does not commit the exact feelings to memory. The listening and transcribing will also allow or further reflection.

Reflection is not restricted to a solitary activity, peer and mentor advice will bring new insights and give a 360-degree view to the practitioner’s work.

Finally, the reflective practitioner must commit to action and decide what action must be taken to develop professionally. This could involve a collaborative action plan created on Office365, OneDrive or Google sheets.

So how did create my digital reflective record?


I have decided to create a digital reflective record that is live online using OneNote.

This means that I can share it easily and in real time with:

  • a critical friend;
  • a peer;
  • a line manager for appraisal or personal development reviews.

The benefit of OneNote is that it will always be online. OneNote has made it really easy to work seamlessly across all of your devices, if your laptop freezes and you’re left with only your smartphone at a meeting, OneNote already has your notebook prepared for you! It also gives you the opportunity to highlight actions with follow-up flags  and to easily insert images, audio and video content directly into your notebook.

OneNote is a free stand-alone  application for Windows, Mac, Windows RT, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and Symbian. Yes, free! You don’t need an Office365 subscription. The best thing is you don’t even have to remember to save your notes as it does that for you too!

I chose to create an online notebook that could be accessed by my tutor, my manager or critical friend. It works like a scrapbook so collaborators can comment.

I have been experimenting with different journaling applications. I tried Penzu and Notebooks for iOS.

  1. Notebooks works well but after the free trial you have to pay for the Windows version, even if you have paid for the iOS app.
  2.  Penzu only allows you to create one notebook for free, then you have to pay.

I found OneNote to be a familiar and user-friendly interface, where I could include an active spreadsheet that I could collaborate on with my peers in the office across a wide variety of platforms. The app ran smoothly on my iPad Air, iPhone 5, Google Nexus 7 and desktop. Phew, that’s pretty exhaustive!

OneNote provides a cloud-based space that I can easily insert photographs, audio memos, notes, task lists, check boxes, deadlines, spreadsheets and store and share it all securely whilst sharing in real time with managers and peers.

The app ran smoothly on my iPad Air, iPhone 5s, Google Nexus 7 and HP pavilion notebook with Windows 8.

Phew, that’s pretty exhaustive!

Do you use OneNote? Can you tell me any tricks? I’d love to hear them!

Characteristics of effective digital literacy learning and delivery.

If you are on then why not collaborate with me? Soon, we’ll be able to collaborate live! These are exciting times.

I am am constantly improving my own skills, how do I do that? Well, I just go on and download any app and test it out, web based or app based. I’m not bothered. The web ones work just as well as chrome on my iPad!

What do you think the are effective characteristics of digital literacy learning and delivery?

Comment below!

The role of digital literacy in the lives of adults and young people.

What Role Does Digital Literacy Play in our Lives?

IMG_2138How about me?Technology plays a huge part of my life: I am constantly updating and growing my network on twitter, learning code so I can keep up in meetings with IT solutions  companies, but what about everyman? What about you?

That’s different to every day though I’m not on about code here, so I went out for a day and noted all the tiny little daily digital ‘things’ I did, I got as far as my first coffee, but what does that say?

Here goes:

1. Wake up to the alarm I’ve told Siri to set.

2. Make a coffee with the barcode reading coffee machine (sometimes tea).

3. Look on Instagram, possibly post but definitely comment on posts and keep up to date with the conversations on there.

4. Plan blog posts and tweets, check stats (more fun than you think).

5. Look at my integrated calendars, adjust if necessary.

6. Check online to see what day they pick which recycling up, it’s a mystery I’ll never work out!

7. Delete people for retweeting Katie Hopkins or sharing inappropriate material on Facebook. (Try it for a pleasant facebook experience).

8. Pin interesting articles and American cosmetics on a variety of boards, scroll down for more serious things.


I’m only halfway through my coffee here! Before I start intimidating people with an epic list I am going to stop and ask you how many times do you use ICT, ‘tech’ gadgets,, things, web, without even realising?

Let me know in the comments below!

What about for other adults and young people?

The role of DL #1For young people gives them the ability to engage fully in school and education by using refined digital literacy skills to find reliable information from authentic sources.

For the parents, it means hat they can take a more involved role in their child’s education. This could mean that they can log into learning accounts, take note of progress and maintain a conversation with the class teacher on applications such as Edmodo.

For charities, voluntary organisations

Digital literacy is now fundamental to small businesses and voluntary sector organisations. The systems allow for flexible working methodologies, such as logging in via a Virtual Private Network [VPN] or using digital collaboration tools. For example, Google drive and Dropbox applications such as Hackpad and notebooks. This means that they can cut costs of paying fuel expenses, I have heard: 500 miles per employee per year! In turn making our country more environmentally friendly!

For businesses

Businesses that can do transactions online form part of an 18 million pound industry of eCommerce which is thriving which in turn benefits the organisation by allowing them to network on a much larger scale than local network meeting arrangements. Servers can be anywhere in the world, and you can connect from anywhere in the world so you can have a global business from anywhere in the world, that means here in Wales too!

For families young and old

teaching via the medium of FaceTime

teaching via the medium of FaceTime

It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, it helps families (digital natives or not) all over the world keep in touch with video calling, skype and FaceTime. These devices are so accessible, skype accommodates good communication via sign language and there are many tools available to assist people in using this wide variety of devices.


Digital skills, whether young or old, are always developing and updating like the applications people are becoming accustomed to using every day. This could be taxing their car or keeping up with family in far-flung locations across the world to indexing blood pressure on a new machine to scheduling meetings with the doodle app.

 How many digital things do you do during your first coffee of the day?

Don’t forget to comment below!

Hello digital world!

I am about to embark on one huge journey, a quest if you like. I started my journey when I began studying for my chosen specialism in Adult Literacy. Now I understand there are lots of literacies; digital being my favourite. Come with me and share your literacies!

I could describe myself as a digital activist, but that might be a bit much.

Here is a really good image that defines digital literacy for me: Digital Literacy diagram

[All credit to Jason Elsom and his wonderful twitter feed for the picture].

Now, I’m going to try and make my own infographic.

Digital Literacy infographic