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…

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