Using my blog as a medium for some self development: a project on digital skills

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Today I start something which will give my blog a bit of direction for a while, but which I am really hoping will help me push the boundaries of my digital skills. Digital skills is quite a focus at work just now, the Scottish Government published it’s learning and teaching strategy, which basically aims to make it possible to

allow all of Scotland’s educators, learners and parents to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/enhancing-learning-teaching-through-use-digital-technology/

and I have to say, this is something which has made me feel so positive and super excited. If you’ve read my about me page you’ll understand why, because digital skills changed my life in such a positive way, and I made it my mission to help others by introducing them to the digital world in the same way. I feel like now I am not alone on this mission.

So preaching aside, let’s talk about the journey that I am beginning, and how you can join me on this journey. It started with some soul searching, ok that’s overdramatic, it was a digital skills assessment to see where my strengths and gaps were.

My digital skills assessment in graphical form

I’m happy to share the results of my self assessment, I may be considered to have decent digital skills but I know there are gaps and this assessment has helped me to plan how I am going to address these. Specifically I am going to focus on source accreditation and how to use licenses and accreditation properly. I’m sure this list will expand as I go, but that’s my starting line.

As I said, I am very aware of these gaps, so today I am starting on a “course” to address them and put me in touch with other folk on this same journey. Today I am starting https://www.23things.ed.ac.uk.

This is an open course, a website with loads of info and some tasks to carry out as well as access to some awesome materials to help guide you in your learning. It works in conjunction with an online community of others doing the same things and uses blogging as the reflection tool on the journey. So now you see why I think my blog might have a particular direction for a while.

Right, I’ll log off there as the purpose of today was just to give you guys a bit of background info and to invite you to join me on this journey if you want to. I’m feeling really upbeat and quite excited about starting my journey.

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2 Comments

  1. Ooooh! Very nice. I also have a blog and am trying to document my journey learning code. I’m not sure if I am succeeding. But I’ll keep at it.

    • I think success is self defined Taryn. Keep at it and if you are getting something from the process, then that’s a success! 🙂