Election and Infographics Microteach


I am teaching a session on election day, what better way to draw in ESDGC in our session. Moving away from using a PowerPoint, Prezi or presentation to ‘chalk and talk’ my way through I have embedded all the information into my website as a blog post.

I planned this session after searching for information on the whys and hows of voting in 2017.

This is what I have found:

Please access the padlet below to join in the fun! It’s all interactive!

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Reflective Practice in Delivering Digital Literacy Learning

 This post was originally created in 2015, that’s such a long digital time ago that it’s almost prehistoric. iOS 8 or Lollipop for Android. 

Way back when Apple introduced the Health app and made the medical ID available on the lock screen! I have updated the post in 2017 / iOS 11. 

Jenny Moon suggests that ‘reflective practice is applied to gain a better understanding’ and the author moves on to urge us into ‘reprocess knowledge, understanding and possible emotions that we already possess’.

Reflection urges you to understand who you are.

The purpose of reflection is to reprocess what happened during a session, meeting, or online learning session. From here on, we can consider how to improve our practice by thinking about what worked and what didn’t. This can inform how we approach our next session of delivery.In the delivery of digital literacy learning, it is crucial to reflect on how we deal with the different emotions technology and the use of creates.

For instance; a learner could be a passionate Apple user but the facilitator may have personal issues with the tool him or herself but must be able to reflect on how they deal with it in the classroom. Perhaps a learning environment makes you do something you normally wouldn’t? You can use this to realise what made it happen and why, and perfect your approach for further sessions.


To make a reflection a successful activity for professional development there needs to be an adequate description of the learning event, where the reflector (you or I) 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 him or herself 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.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 for further and deeper analysis of their performance.

  1. 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.
  2. Use journaling applications such as Penzu, EverNote, OneNote, Notes on Apple, Google keep…
(L-R) 1. Penzu 2. Evernote 3. One Note 4. Android video app 5. Windows Diary App 6. Day One diary app 7. Native notes app for iOS 8. Captain’s Log Audio log for Google devices 9. Google Sheets.

Penzu – a diary app to record thoughts and feelings. Multi-platform access. Lite version allows you create one diary before you have to pay.

Evernote – a notebook application that works across multiple devices and keeps the information in sync. Also available online.

OneNote – a notebook facility that is seamless across devices with the same user experience whatever the device.

Android Video Camera – this allows you to record video and audio memos to yourself which could be kept in a digital journal.

Windows Diary App – a secure way of storing notes on Windows devices however, the app can be downloaded across other platforms too.

Day One App for iOS – an Apple only diary product that gives prompts to encourage more writing…or reflection in this case!

Notes on iPhones, iPads and Macs – this app comes preinstalled on Apple devices and has features for collaboration, drawing, inserting pictures and video. You can now have separate notebooks too.

Captain’s Log Audio Log – Android diary application which adds a timestamp to your notes to present them in chronological order.

Google Sheets – a spreadsheet system which allows for collaboration. You may already have a CPD log, could you extend the use of these digital features to your benefit?

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.The picture displays icons apps which you may recognise but may have never used before. The reflective practitioner must commit to action and decide what action must be taken to develop professionally. This could involve the use of a wide range of collaborative tools that are on the app market.


There are many benefits to being a reflective practitioner…

Infographic created by Digidolly using Easel.ly.


Characteristics of effective digital literacy learning and delivery.

If you are on easel.ly 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!

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